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Raising Pigs: Why We Use Pastures And Pens

Recently pastured meats have become quite popular. It’s not just pork either, “grass-fed” which is a different but similar label for beef and lamb products, as well as pastured and even “vegetarian” versions of poultry have been hitting shelves in increasing numbers. Due to the rising popularity of these products and an increasing awareness of …

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Space for Swine

Last week a commenter left a good question on our 6 Rules for New Pig Farmers post. So good, in fact, I thought it warranted a response in blog post form. And since we’re currently in the process of expanding and adjusting our own pen infrastructure Chris’s question — “I was wondering what your recommendations for pen sizes?? And how …

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New Pen Progress: Slow, But Steady

First: Measuring, marking, and re-measuring. I could dedicate an entire tome to the mistakes I’ve made in founding this farm, the things I’ve had to learn the hard way. Sure, some due to lack of available resources before I set out to do it myself, but others certainly to my own pure cussedness, too. That’s …

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Marinated Asparagus Recipe

I’m allergic to asparagus. Which is probably only half the reason I like it so much. The other half is surely the part where it ripens so early in the spring. Because as much as I’m a rebel, I’m also a sucker for any sign of warmth after our long, dark winters. In our neck …

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WHEN PORK CHOP MEETS BACON

Lacking both opposable thumbs and a knack for the finer things in life, swine are not prone to a proper handshake and a gentle greeting when getting to know one another. Far more often they hurl themselves full tilt at one another, lower their heads, lock into a wrestling death match, and try to rip …

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A Very Righteous Holiday Season

A few years ago we began cutting back on the holiday season. It feels funny to call it “cutting back” now, because the holidays in the years that have followed have been the most rewarding I can recall. It may be more appropriate to say a few years ago we became more intentional with our …