How to Prepare for Your Pigs

After a lot of Google research and a terrifying first day (read about it here) we brought our three weaner gilts home. Our homesteading experience has been quite an education! For all of you bacon lovers out there – here is the Cliff Notes version of what it takes to raise pigs. Now to save you … read more

Gracie and the Getaway

First, let me introduce you to my freakishly adorable and hopefully pregnant Nigerian Dwarf goat, Gracie. I am a little biased, but her two toned horns did me in from the moment I met her. I mean could you ever look at those sweet little ears and curious head tilt and feel anything but happiness? … read more

Entertained and Contained; Our Goat Playground

After our first goats escaped, I read everything I could about goat containment.  One of the tidbits I gleaned is that bored goats are more likely to escape.  After learning this factoid (well, mostly just because it is really cute to watch them jump around) I started dreaming up our goat playground.  With scrap wood … read more

The Reality of Life

Growing up hunting taught me a healthy respect for life and death.  My father instilled in me the understanding and respect of hunting as a way to obtain delicious meat and a form of wildlife management.  My dad Carl grew up impoverished in a minuscule coal mining town in Northeastern Pennsylvania.  The family often relied … read more

Why the Hog Did We Do This?

After binge reading homesteading blogs, images of children snuggling with happy pink swine in fields of flowers danced through my mind as I searched Craigslist for piglets in my area.  After learning more about the inhumane processes involved in factory farming, I was determined to be a better consumer.  It took only a split second … read more