Growing

Pigs!

We figured the five years that have gone by since our last pig-raising is long enough, and so we re-pigged at the beginning of July. Meet Buster, Malcolm, and Nellie. Our previous pigs (Doc, Spot, and Tiny) were mutts, a genetic mash-up created by a local pig farmer who has since gotten out of the […]

That sinking feeling

Kevin’s been spending time in rehab. Not that kind of rehab. Oyster tray rehab. From the time our oysters are a little under two inches long until we sell them, they live in three-by-four foot trays. Each tray is made out of pvc-coated one-inch wire mesh. There are several variables in the trays, and you […]

Sunchoke on this

All the problems in our food supply – agricultural, nutritional, political – can be traced back to one unfortunate truth about the human condition. Literally. Every problem. One truth. And I’m going to tell you what it is. Ready? Here it is: Jerusalem artichokes are not delicious. I know, I know. You don’t believe me […]

Carnage

“If you’ve got livestock, you’ve got deadstock,” is how my friend Jen, at Milkweed & Teasel, puts it. Losing animals is a part of keeping animals. You care for them and protect them the best you can, but disease, accidents, and predators will sometimes win. I know this. I’ve told myself this every time we’ve […]