Welcome

Naw, not a ranch, we just have delusions of grandeur.
It's a microfarm in Lebanon, Oregon.
Slice of heaven.
Cougars, coyotes, deer, 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

Welcome Princess!

By Nancy Hildebrandt | September 10, 2018

Four boars against one sow. Didn’t seem fair, and after netting only one piglet from Momma’s last farrow, I decided to look for another female and found the perfect one: Princess! A gilt who’s just a year old. She’s mostly kune kune, so similar size and age to my bunch, and when I read that…

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Market eating an apple from Jenn

Pigging out on Jenn’s apples

By Nancy Hildebrandt | August 10, 2018

I visited Jenn’s farm today and we picked up enough windfall apples to fill several boxes. By the time I got home, the cab of my ranch truck smelled unusually fragrant, in an unusually good way. The pigs got a box this evening, and they thank you, Jenn!  

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Carrie's pears

Pears from Carrie

By Nancy Hildebrandt | August 7, 2018

My pigs don’t know it, but they love Carrie now. She harvested one of her pear trees and gave me a box of fruit that she didn’t consider fit for humans. The fruit wasn’t quite ripe yet, but the pigs didn’t care a bit. Yes, I have a lot of posts, videos, and photos of…

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Green apples from Carrie

By Nancy Hildebrandt | July 31, 2018

Carrie dropped off some green apples that fell from her tree early, and I threw them out to the piggies, who were duly appreciative. Trouble was, I realized that there are a lot of oak galls in that particular spot – the round white shapes in the video that are about the same size as…

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Hooray I forgot to close the gate!

By Nancy Hildebrandt | July 21, 2018

This morning after feeding the piggies I came inside to do some chores and was sitting in front of my laptop in the living room when I heard a rumble on the back deck and looked out to see…PeeWee! – my biggest boar by 2x – walk past. Uh oh. I’d been in and out…

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Piggies chowing on wild carrots

Pain and delight

By Nancy Hildebrandt | July 21, 2018

There have been some lows and highs in the past week. There were three piglets last week, now there is one. I don’t know what happened to the first piglet, but I know what happened to the second. One of the donkeys went after it. I saw it happen from a distance: the aggressive forward…

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