When you add a couple pigs to your homestead, nothing goes to waste.
Pigs are the farm’s ultimate method of natural nutrient storage. Table scraps, garden weeds, overripe tomatoes, cheese experiments gone wrong, skimmed milk, yard clippings – when you have a pig, every mistake becomes bacon!
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You’ve got a handle on chickens. And you’re working on the garden. Now you’re thinking about adding pigs. I’m here to talk you into it (chuckle).
Every time you consider leveling up on the homestead, that project comes with a gajillion unknowns and just as many questions. Pigs feel like a big step, but there’s no reason to be intimidated. The benefits of raising pigs yourself far outweighs all those questions keeping you up at night.
Let me walk you through the essentials to getting started with pigs on your homestead. They’re the logical next step when you’re looking to practice regenerative farming practices, when your goal is to feed the farm from the farm, and when you plan to make the very best use of everything you’ve got.
Plus, everyone loves bacon.
Nothing goes to waste when you have a pig.
Because of that, I consider adding pigs to our homestead to be the best decision I’ve made for my mental health as a homesteader/small farmer.
If I haven’t weeded in weeks and my garden looks like a jungle – I whack it down and send it to the pigs. If I didn’t get to the tomatoes until half of them were overripe or half eaten by bugs and birds – I send that to the pigs. If my latest cheese experiment went whey whey bad (ha! See what I did there??) – I send it to the pigs. Do you see where I’m going with this?
As long as you have a pig, mistakes become bacon. Mental health doesn’t get any better than that.
In this class you will learn:
- About different breeds of pig and how to know which is best to meet the goals on your homestead
- To assess what you have and what you need for infrastructure, including discussions of various methods of housing/raising pigs
- The basic nutritional needs of a pig and how to meet them, including fermenting feed, supplements, and offering a varied diet
- Where to source everything you’ll need to get started
- To identify the parts of a hog and how to talk to the butcher so that you get exactly what you want out of your hog – nose to tail with zero waste
You’ll also have the opportunity to:
- Tour my pig barn, get up close and personal with a 400lb sow, check out the feeder pigs, and see first-hand how simple it can be to add pigs to your homestead plans
- Ask all the questions about all the things
- Sample our heritage breed pork products and taste the difference in pork raised right, free to express their natural instincts
You’ll be equipped – and empowered – with the knowledge, training, and mentorship you need to get started and level up in your homestead plans.
Come connect with your farmer as you learn new skills, expand your knowledge, increase your confidence, and mingle with like-minded folks also committed to the principles of wholesome home-grown food and traditional old-fashioned skills.
Class Fee: $100 per person; includes 2+ hours of workshop & instruction, an ask-all-the-questions tour of our pig barn and infrastructure, an indepth workbook to take home for your reference, a complimentary sampling of our corn and soy free heritage breed pork, and all the umph and confidence you need to get started.