November 2009

November 2009

Orchard Pigs:  This year we kept a couple of pigs in the orchard for the first time.  It was an enjoyable experience having the pigs, minding them, feeding them, learning about them, but ultimately the intention was to raise them for food, albeit to give them a good life up to their fateful day.  This month came the awaited, but sad, day for their journey to the butcher.  We are now enjoying our first free-range apple-fed pork and bacon. The project was intended to provide our family with tasty and healthy meat, as well as giving our kids the experience of caring for farm animals, but we do have a very limited amount of the meat available for sale if we receive special requests!

Orchard Chickens:  This month, when our pigs were ready for the butcher, we finally acquired a small flock of chickens, which is something I had intended to do for years, but never got around to it.  Again, they are to provide us with our own top quality eggs, but we hope to have a modest surplus available to sell at our weekend market stall.  A further purpose of these orchard chickens is to both fertilise the apple trees and to control the growth of grass and weeds. So far, our plan of moving the chickens to a fresh part of the orchard every few weeks is working nicely, taming the grass, and with each move giving the girls some fresh pickings.




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