Archive for the ‘Hogs’ Category

As a lovely spring week comes to a close, we are thankful for all the good things that have happened. Ripening Peaches This week we harvested our first peaches of the season! Many more are ripening on the trees. It’s been years of watering, pruning, and otherwise taking care of these trees as they grew and […]

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We JUST received a call from the processor that our latest batch of pork is ready! We’ll pick it up from the processor tomorrow morning, and it’ll be for sale during our farm store hours 12-4pm tomorrow. We are so excited to be fully stocked on pork once more! Come get your favorite cuts before […]

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Oh my goodness the last few weeks have been BUSY! You may have been able to tell that based on the lack of blog posts. So much has happened: pigs taken to the processor, springtime work completed, but today I’m going to focus on the new life that’s joined the farm this week. Piglets Born […]

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Last Week to Order Hog Share!

This is your last week to order a hog share as reservations must be in by this Friday, April 7th. Visit our hog share page now to place your reservation!

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It’s spring! In typical springtime fashion, temperatures are about freezing this morning, but we should have a high of 64 today. As the weather warms up, our outdoor chore list is exploding. We have so many exciting things to do, and finally the weather is nice enough to do them! Here are the adventures from […]

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This week’s nice weather has brought out all the farm helpers pictures above: Noah, Ghost, and Rebecca! This past Saturday was a busy one at the farm store. Many people came by to see Lauren of Boot’s Shire Homestead and the chicks she had for sale! Remember she’ll be back with chicks and ducklings on […]

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We are now accepting orders for half and whole hog shares for our next batch of pork. Hog shares are an amazing way to order the exact cuts you want, and get the pork at a discount! Fill your freezer with delicious farm-raised pork, and enjoy it all summer long. The pigs are going to […]

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Farm Store Open Saturday The farm store will be open tomorrow, Saturday March 4th, from 12-4pm. Come by to scoop up fresh eggs, pork, soaps, and more! Chicks will be for sale, too. Address and directions are here. Hog Shares We are now accepting reservations for half and whole hog shares for our next round of […]

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The farm store is open this Saturday from 12-4pm. If you’ve been wanting to stop by the farm and see the animals while stocking up on some goodies, this is the time to do it! No appointment needed, just come on by! We have just 2 barrow American Guinea Hog piglets left for sale from our […]

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The adventure of this week was when one of the American Guinea Hogs escaped from the pen! On Wednesday morning I looked out the window to find Hillary rooting around the front yard, right outside the house. Let’s take a quick look at how this happened and what I did to fix it. The Back Story […]

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Another wintry week has passed! This one had record high temperatures, though, so we are thankful for the mild winter weather. We try to cut back to “maintenance mode” in winter with no special projects, but things always pop up. That’s when we really appreciate the mild winter weather! Since it’s not too frigid outside, […]

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In Part 1 of this series I posted the considerations we take into consideration in our pig housing. In Part 2 I detailed the first pig houses we made. Today in Part 3 I will detail our second pig house design, a hoophouse! Here are some prior posts about hoophouses for more tips and tricks: […]

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Farm Store Open This Saturday 12-4pm This Saturday is the first Saturday of the month, which means the farm store will be open! Come by to get some of our delicious pork! We also have duck eggs on sale, 10% off this Saturday only. Piglet Update: They’re Eating Solids The piglets are a month old […]

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Now that we’ve talked about the considerations that go into developing our pig housing, in this post I will detail the first pig house design we ever used. Next week I’ll detail the second pig house design we use. Both are good, they’re just different. The Triangular Structures These are the first two pig houses […]

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It’s been another wonderful week on the homestead! There’s been a good amount of mud and dirty clothes, yes, but also warm weather and sunshine. We are thankful for the rain we received as well as the sunshine. Some of us (pigs!) are more thankful for the rain than others. The Pigs Are Porking Up! […]

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We’ve had pigs for a few years now, and we’ve learned a lot along the way. Today I’ll share some of the characteristics of pigs that we take into consideration when constructing housing for them. On the next two Mondays I’ll follow up with posts detailing the two types of pig houses we use! Come […]

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It’s been another week of enjoying our blessed life here on the homestead. The winter season is a time where the pace slows a bit, we can actually complete everything on the “to do” list, and have a few minutes to savor it all. Here are some things we enjoyed this week. Delicious Pork We […]

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Happy Friday! We’ve had such wonderful weather the last few days. Who would imagine it’d be over 70 degrees in January? I know more character-building cold will come, and I’m fine with that. But I will enjoy today. Pork is Here! We now have a freezer full of pork from the two pigs we took to […]

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Pork Is Here!

We just picked up our two hogs worth of pork from the processor this week! Many of you have told us how you have been waiting for us to have pork in stock again.  So we are happy to make the announcement today that we will have all of our pork products for sale this […]

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Snow! This morning we awoke to our first snow of the season. A pretty dusting of snow added some charm to the morning chores. We’re thankful for what has been a pretty mild winter so far! Our two types of pigs had very different views on this snow. Our American Guinea Hogs were out of […]

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New Pigs We recently welcomed seven new pigs to the homestead. We acquired these pigs to provide you with more delicious, farm-raised pork in 2017. We take pride in offering our customers an alternative to the factory farmed meat in grocery stores that perpetuates a system that isn’t healthy for the animals or the people […]

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Every winter we work hard to ensure the animals have access to water. With several animal pens, this can be a challenge. It can be frustrating to refill a water bowl with fresh water only to have it freeze in a matter of hours. Here are some tips we’ve learned along the way that may […]

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Ear Tagging Pigs

I have a new method of ear tagging pigs that I can’t wait to share with you! This past spring I wrote about tagging pigs in our piglets series. Everything in that original post is still true, except now I have an update on how to tag older pigs! Let’s say for whatever reason you don’t […]

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We are excited to be a part of Loudoun’s Fall Farm Tour this year! We have participated in the past two spring farm tours, and we think this year’s fall farm tour will be just as fun. As always, we’ll conduct tours of the farm so visitors can learn more about local agriculture. There will […]

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Today we continue our piglets series with some insights on feeding and watering growing pigs. Pigs grow so fast that any missteps in feeding and watering can have dramatic consequences. Too little feed can permanently damage a pig, while too much can lead to plenty of issues, too. That being the case, there’s a lot […]

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