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Naw, not a ranch, we just have delusions of grandeur.
It's a microfarm in Lebanon, Oregon.
Slice of heaven.
Cougars, coyotes, deer, bald eagles, turkeys.
Pigs of the edible variety. Cats.

Pasture pigs on a warm afternoon

"The time has come," the Walrus said,
"To talk of many things:
Of shoes–and ships–and sealing-wax–
Of cabbages–and kings–
And why the sea is boiling hot–
And whether pigs have wings."

–Lewis Carroll
Through the Looking Glass and  What Alice Found There (1872)

News

Piglets eating blackberry leaves

Pigs are SO smart (or are they?)

By Nancy Hildebrandt | May 26, 2023

It’s quite remarkable but about 90% of the time when I mention I raise pigs, the response is “Oh wow, pigs are SO smart.” I’m guessing that most of the folks who say this have no experience with pigs, but I even hear some farmers say this as well. If “SO smart” means smarter than…

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Gang of six

Class of 2023

By Nancy Hildebrandt | April 18, 2023

The 2023 pigs have arrived!

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Rooting Berkshires

Blackberry root eradication with pigs

By Nancy Hildebrandt | November 27, 2022

Berkshire pigs love to root out and eat blackberry roots so I’m helping them out and it’s win-win teamwork.

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Berks fattening up October 2022

What’s new for December 2022’s pork harvest

By Nancy Hildebrandt | October 17, 2022

What’s new and what’s changed for the December 2022 butcher date.

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Goats just moved to front pasture

Now for something different: goats!

By Nancy Hildebrandt | August 29, 2022

I’ve hired goats to get my pasture under control and one particular doe makes an ungodly, ungoatlike sound when she spots a human.

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Three new piglets, first morning

What’s new and planned for 2022

By Nancy Hildebrandt | June 19, 2022

What happened to spring this year? As I write this in the latter half of June, it’s another day with rain in the forecast. I definitely prefer it to hot and dry, as much of the rest of the country is getting. The last of my yearling pigs went to the butcher on April 18,…

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