“The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.”

Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution

My Girls

I truly adore all of our animals here on the farm.
They are all a part of my family.
However, if you pinned me down and made me pick a single favorite...
I suppose I would have to be truthful and tell you that
there is a special place in my heart for MaryAnn.


Our two Kunekune pigs have been a joy to have on the farm.
They are beyond friendly and practice very good manners when they are with their
human friends.
(They sometimes bicker between themselves when food is involved...
but it is never anything serious.)


MaryAnn has a special grunt that she uses when she is especially happy to see me...
it's faster and higher pitched than her normal grunts...
and sometimes almost frenzied.
One of these days I will catch it on a video.

It's great to have an relationship based on trust and affection...
it makes caring for her so much easier.


If I am in her yard with her, she lies on her side asking for a belly rub...
and I oblige.
It's during these times that I can do just about anything else I need to do to her.


I clean the exudate out of the corner of her eye (eye boogers)...



check her teeth and mouth..
trim her hooves when needed...


and clean the dirt from the top of her nose


(pigs use their noses like a...

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