Monthly Archives: July 2013

My mama pig is better than all the other mama pigs.

The first week or so after a delivery must be torturous for Black Betty. The poor thing has to mobilize her 700-pound frame without squashing her half-pound offspring. And now there are 11 of them running everywhere underfoot, with seemingly … Continue reading

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On waste and loss at the homestead

When my brother-in-law brings home a $4.99 roaster from the grocer, he will eat what he can and toss the carcass without much distress. But when he cooks up one of his homegrown chickens, he takes care to extract every … Continue reading

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