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Homegrown Pig Slaughter

After 9 months, a couple hundred pounds, corn, and electricity we have successfully seen our first pig fulfill its duty: death. With the help of a local butcher we learned the ins and outs (knives and guts) of sending a … Continue reading

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What We Do: a montage of our days these days

In one of my favorite movies – A Beautiful Mind – Alicia Nash is tending the kitchen while her medicated husband sits at a table staring blankly at nothing. “Whatcha thinkin’ about?” she asks. “What do people do?” he replies. … Continue reading

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Visitors and Pig Progress

Lots of visitors have graced the Ozark House over the last two weekends. Barry – my dad – stopped through for a few days the weekend of May 13-15, and then Dixie – my mom – along with her mother, … Continue reading

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Containing Pigs, or The Joys of Electric Fencing

It’s time. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Multiple farm-based desires have converged to bring about today’s electrifying events, and you, the reader, deserve to know them all. We have pigs. You probably know this. Three male American Mulefoot hogs … Continue reading

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How To Keep Pigs From Escaping

It’s probably not possible. But here’s what we’ve learned so far. 1) Pigs’ noses are tools comparable to pry-bars connected to jackhammers. They dig with them, and destroy things with them, and rip things up with them, and pry things … Continue reading

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Spring sprouting

In all reality, we are a tad behind on our garden. I don’t think it’ll be too detrimental, but I kinda wish we’d gotten started a bit earlier. That said, we have made some progress.. On starting indoors Some vegetables … Continue reading

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A Clean Incision

One hundred and twelve miles is good dreaming time for two aspiring men of dirt, Nathan and me in particular. And at the end of that distance waited for us three animals with a similar interest in dirt; oft times … Continue reading

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Pondering A Pig

Our farm needs something…something more. A baby, yes. And that will come. But another something – more primitive. More…edible. We’re thinking about getting pigs. Through my readings, I have grown interested in rare heritage breeds of animals (and heirloom varieties … Continue reading

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