“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

Patients and Impatience

It's early evening... just before sunset.
It will be our last trip to the barn for the day.
Everyone will be fed one last time, waters refilled, and manure scooped.
The pigs eagerly await their supper.

It's impossible to forget to feed the pigs, as they create such a ruckus at feeding time.
It's their absolute favorite time of day. 

And if you ask a pig... they are always hungry!
(Pigs actually lack the gene for satiety...so they are literally always hungry.)

We've been giving the pigs extra carrot treats with their meals...
a little something special to help make the day interesting.

These poor pigs...
In the summer they are used to wandering at will around the front pasture -
spending their days slowly walking around in search of eats,
then running at top speed back to their house at the end of the day for their pellets.

In the winter, when there is snow on the ground, their movement is limited.

They act as snowplows after a snow...

pushing their way through the cold to get to the treat corner and the ever-present
supply of Ritz crackers.

Other than that, they spend their winter days in their stall...
munching on hay and napping...
and occasionally squabbling.

These girls are only ever aggressive...

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