Do breeds matter? We have a lot to say on the subject.
Our extremely talented photographer friend, Ryan Lane, came by and took some photos of our piglets with their moms. It’s such a beautiful stage in their development. Enjoy!
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Our first time mother, The Empress, gave birth like a boss. Thus far, she is an incredible mother. Enjoy her babies, as they mess about in their nest.
This year has been a turning point in our farming story in many ways. One new road we're walking down is that of breeding. For many reasons it was never in our minds to do so (neither was raising livestock), but we have at this point become thoroughly committed to raising heritage breeds that are all critically endangered or threatened.
We were at our local farmers market a few months ago and Allison noticed a new winery. She saw their name, "Forest Edge Vineyard," walked up to them and asked if they were permaculture people, since, who else talks about Forest Edges? Turns out that this couple has been practicing Permaculture since before it was cool.
We have a running joke with our Friend A. where every time we are doing something he finds to be crazy, but secretly thinks is amazing (my interpretation), he says, "That's so Permaculture" in a slightly accusatory tone. We laugh at how crazy some things we do sound and move on. This is near the top of our list of crazy (awesome) so far.
Three years ago we moved to our smallholding. It was a neglected tree stand with a ton of unfortunate and poorly planned ornamental plantings crying out to us for a rebirth. Sunlight could barely penetrate anything and the brambles and garbage had swallowed a good percentage of the un-treed land.
We felt that in honor of the clearing, cleaning, sweating, bleeding, injuring, dreaming, believing, designing, building, planting, birthing, raising, butchering, feeding, teaching, nurturing and healing that has taken place in three short years we would share some photos to narrate the journey as best as our cameras can.
Allison reminds us that a core aspect of people care is realizing the reality of our limitations. How we design food systems for ourselves and for others has to take into account the many ways in which we are limited.