Our farmette and the farmhouse two doors down used to be in the same family many years ago. That family raised hogs.
Up until a couple months ago, our two farmettes possessed (between the two) three cats, a dog and a whole mess of chickens. But about two months ago, our neighbors decided to return to their farm's roots and buy a pig. Their intent from the start (hence naming the pig Ham) has been that this pig will fill their freezer in the fall.
I thought I would introduce you to Ham. Now, don't get all sentimental on me, okay? Unless you are a vegetarian (or don't eat pork), you must know that the bacon, sausage and ham you eat comes from, well, pigs. And if you're careful about where you buy your pork, it may come from a happy pig, like Ham.
This is another example of raising an animal in a pleasant and dignified way- providing it with plenty of fresh air, sun, room to run (and buck! Did you know they buck?!), entertainment (Ham has a toy ball in his pen) and love (our neighbor scratches his back for him). Their kids see first hand where their food comes from and this instills a respect for food and the creatures that provide us with that food. It's all about making connections.
Ham has already doubled in size and he should double again (at least) before harvest time. I think he's rather cute, don't you?
I'm still on a sheep kick. If I could choose to keep another animal, it would have to be sheep. For their milk (which leads to cheese) and their wool. I guess I could name the mama Feta, couldn't I? If you could have any (non-traditional pet) type animal, what would it be?