Living With Pigs by Chuck Wooster
Hot off the press, this book will give you all the info you need to keep a few pigs of your own. Chuck Wooster is a vegetable, sheep and hog farmer in Vermont (www.sunrisefarmvt.com) who somehow finds time to write books and articles. After reading this book, you will know how to buy piglets (ahem, shoats), house and fence them properly, and, yes, slaughter and butcher your own hogs.
Although Chuck describes his pigs as funny, smart and friendly, this is not a book about keeping pot-bellied pigs as pets. This is a farm book for omnivores. For a big hog belly laugh, read the negative review this book received at Amazon. (I'll bet my britches that reviewer eats bacon.) And then go buy the book. It is well written, explicitly photographed, and unapologetic when it comes to the slaughtering part, which, in this age of fake "pharm"ing and photoshop foolery, is quite a relief.
Check out Northern Woodlands Magazine and Living With Sheep, for more wizardly words about farming and the great outdoors by Chuck Wooster.
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Posted by Mary Ellen at August 30, 2008 11:06 AM