American Guinea Hog

To Cut or Not to Cut?

AGH pglets nursing

Should we castrate our pigs?  Ah, such a deceptively simple question.  Castrating baby pigs sounds like not much fun.  Especially since I would be the one wielding the knife.  Unlike calves, lambs and goat kids, which can be castrated bloodlessly, pigs require surgical castration.

First Piglets Born on the Farm

Bon Bon with 2-day-old pigletsThis week the number of pigs on the farm nearly doubled from 12 to 23.  Our gilts Caitlan and Bon Bon had their piglets!  Three weeks ago we moved them to their own farrowing pasture with a roomy house built out of straw bales.  We elected to keep the girls together since they were due to farrow within two days of ea

A Farm Without Fences

goats jumping the ice coated fence

 

With all the winter weather making gardening impossible this week we have been snuggled up warm in the house sipping hot chocolate, playing scrabble and watching movies.  No wait, that is my fantasy life.  In reality we’ve been scrambling in the wet and the cold just to keep chaos at bay.  It has been one of those treadmill weeks – running just to stay in place. 

To Cut or Not to Cut?

AGH cleaning up fall crops

Should we castrate our pigs?  Ah, such a deceptively simple question.  Castrating baby pigs sounds like not much fun.  Especially since I would be the one wielding the knife.  Unlike calves, lambs and goat kids, which can be castrated bloodlessly, pigs require surgical castration.

Pig Huts

Pig hut

So we had some questions about our pig huts. I decided to go ahead and write a blog post that way I can just point folks to it. If you have any questions feel free to email me here. Click on the picture to open a larger pic in a new frame.

Pertinacious Pigs and Hooligan Hens

Pertinacious Pigs and Hooligan Hens

We have been spying on the livestock.  It must be the month of misbehaving because all of our critters are up to no good.  Last week we installed a new waterer for the pigs, one that they can’t just flip over and dump out when the daytime high hits sixty and they are itching for a mud puddle.  It is a snout sized metal trough that connects with valve to a 55 gallon food grade barrel.  The pigs are supposed to press a paddle when they stick their noses in to open the valve and allow water to flow into the bowl.  All week we have been going out and pressing the paddle

Our Produce is Now Certified Naturally Grown

Know your farmer, here is Josephine while planting potatoes

We are looking forward to the beginning of our CSA season with anxious excitement.  Our Saturday pick-up day is SOLD OUT, as are all of the egg shares.  We still have shares available for Wednesday pick-up at GrowMemphis  (on Southern by the U of M), and we also have a few broiler chicken shares available as well.

Winter Update, CSA News and Internship Opportunities

Our Guinea hogs

It may only be January 15th, but it is already January 15th and the greenhouse planting has already begun. We have spent many a cold day planning out 2014 with new additions to our farm including American Guinea Hogs, internship opportunities (info here)and expanding our CSA.

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