Hog Heaven

A few weeks ago I got a chance to visit some of our pig pastures on a nearby rental farm. If you remember Leanna’s post back in the spring, you’ll know that these were built by our team just this year. They’ve now seen several rotations of very happy pigs, doing what they do best – rooting around and creating great “disturbance” in the pasture that develops healthy pastures. I practically squealed out loud when I saw how lush and colorful these paddocks had become. Hope you enjoy the pictures!

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About Brie Aronson

Brie Aronson came to Polyface from southern California. During college, she was diagnosed with food allergies and had to begin asking about the source of every single thing she put in her mouth. This led to an interest in all things food and she sought out a way to learn how it can be produced ethically and sustainably. Her desire is to help people shift their focus from counting calories, being intimidated by their kitchens, and being disconnected from the land to one that experiences the life-giving enjoyment of food. Having completed the internship in summer 2010, she now assists with the buying clubs and sales building, leads school tours of the farm, and will be the summer 2012 farm cook.

3 Responses to Hog Heaven

  1. Carrie says:

    Was wondering – do you find an extraordinary amount of weed regrowth where the pigs “disturbed”? I would be ok with it if it was “good weeds” but my pastures came back full of ragweed! Not good! LOL And in my pasture rotation the sheep usually do a good job of cleaning up, but the girls won’t touch it. So out with the mower I had to do :o( Would love to hear anyone else’s experience…..

  2. Our pigs have done a great job of moving succession forward from mostly ragweed and goldenrod to a mix of grasses. Unfortunately, they seem to wipe out the clover too.

  3. Hannah Kilpatrick says:

    I love pigs. Such awesome animals.