We are getting a lot of inquiries about pork. Yes, we know, we were supposed to send out a newsletter with pork ordering information weeks ago. And, no, we haven’t forgotten. It’s just been a zoo around here. We will send out a newsletter soon. In the meantime, here is a photo of the pigs foraging in the woods at the edge of the lower pasture.
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The new batch of piglets arrived this week. They are currently working on their first assignment: rototilling some leftover hay from the cows’ winter feed.
It is funny how apt the adjective “piggish” is. For one thing, they are almost absurdly greedy. They will throw their little bodies across a trough of food, legs splayed, to prevent their siblings from getting a share. They also make really loud smacking noises as they chew—just about as loud as I possibly could if I were trying to sound rude. We shake our heads and tolerate the rudeness. They are just “expressing their pigness,” as Joel Salatin would say. And after all, unlike my own kids, they do their chores without complaining.
Here is a photo by Charles Yeamans of some Steve Normanton Pastured Pork ready for the dinner table. I want that recipe!
Although we are sold out of beef and chicken for the rest of 2010, one consolation is that we now have pork available from our pastured pigs. Supermarket pork, as you may know, comes from confinement factory farms that always top the lists of industrial agricultural horrors. By contrast, our pigs lived very happy lives at edges of our pastures, munching on roots, grass, and acorns in addition to the organic pig feed we gave them. If you are interested, give Steve a call soon and stock up—after we sell our supply, we won’t have pork again until this time next year.
We haven’t written much about the pigs since they arrived in May, I’m not sure why. Like all the other animals on the farm, they play a vital role in maintaining the ecosystem. Their main job is aerating the soil, turning over compacted soil, and in doing so they are also able to clear overgrown brush areas. They do so by using there snout like a shovel to dig to find great sources of protein. This photo shows a new area we put them in today, where they will clean up so that we can put up a new fence.