We’ve had our hogs for almost 10 months now.

Shirley and Eddie.

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This photo was taken back in March- Eddie on the left and Shirley on right. They come from a heritage breed known as American Guinea Hogs. The breed is starting to make it’s comeback and it’s exciting to be a part of it. 

Shirley was named after her breeder for her firecracker personality. Eddie was named after his father. Chance and I decided to raise pigs for many different reasons. We received a lot of different reactions from people. The one we always hear:

“You’re going to eat them?!”

Well, yes. That was the main reason we acquired them. Raising your own food is a key part of homesteading.

A lot of our family and friends have a hard time grasping the fact that Shirley and Eddie will -bluntly said- be on our plate one day. Some ponder the thought of what they might taste like and others become pretty upset.

To the naysayers,  I simply ask the question, “Do you eat pork?” And most answer with, “Well of course, but that’s different. I don’t see them!”

Humph….

And here lies the issue I have with that response…Many of us have lost a deep rooted connection with the food we put into our mouths. Shirley and Eddie have a fabulous life and are given an incredible amount of love. But eventually, they will be used to feed our family. It’s a beautiful, complex relationship between human and animals that dates back thousands of years. The cheap pork you find in the supermarket is the “modern way” of raising pigs and is given no love and an incredible amount of disrespect. I understand that not everyone can afford the “free range, organic, antibiotic free” meat, or even raise animals for that matter. All that I ask of people is to become more aware of how the meat they are eating is raised and how much of it are you eating. Do you really need to eat that 24 oz piece of steak?

Okay, okay I don’t want to get too heavy into that philosophical shtuff. I’ll save it for another time. I really just wanted to introduce Shirley and Eddie along with the babes.

It’s amazing how in just 4 months these two have grown so much! Eddie must weigh over 300 pounds. And Shirley shacks up with 8 little ones now. These pigs have comfortably nuzzled their way into the Reusch family…

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Reusch Creek Farm

July 14, 2014

I’ve decided to go with a slightly different direction of the blog. One that will allow me to regularly post of piglets, canning your own food, and splitting our farm life between the two homes- in the country and in a city (hopefully soon to be out of the city and by soon I guess I mean 5 years-ah).

I wanted to post about my internship experience, but quite honestly, it’s not something I enjoy writing about here on the blog. I’ve had the time- but lost the interest to share what it is I do in the hospitals in this space. Plus with all of the confidentiality/HIPAA laws, I’d rather stick to my piggies and chickanos- they don’t mind if I talk about them here.

Chance and I have been talking for a couple of years now about starting a blog- or at least making YouTube videos of our farm life. This will be a running experiment. The blog will be dedicated still to food, since that is my main role within our farm life, but also to the meanderings of things like raising hogs for meat, chickens for entertainment (and occasional eggs when they feel like it), agroforestry, hunting, and basically whatever else comes our way on our journey.

Let’s end it with a piglet….

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We are not all alike.

March 30, 2014

I need to say this for my sanity: NOT ALL DIETITIANS ARE ALIKE. We all have our own personal food philosophies. Don’t generalize my profession into a field of professionals who drink low milk, eat low fat peanut butter (why??) and sugar-free desserts. AND we definitely do not all support one of the largest nutrition […]

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Internship update and toaster strudels

March 15, 2014

Two months have already passed in my internship. Many things have happened. But quite honestly, I’d rather not bore you with the details. Long story short- I already finished my Food Service Management, Patient Services (THANKFULLY- definitely not my area of interest, but respectfully appreciate my preceptors because damn- working in a kitchen, let alone […]

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It has begun.

January 19, 2014

Well, it’s finally here; the start of my Dietetic Internship. For the last two weeks, I’ve been in orientation analyzing lab values, counting carbs, and oh, learning different ways to ask a patient how often they poop… I’m okay with that. For the next 9 months, I will be a Dietetic Intern (DI) at the […]

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Victory Park

July 7, 2013

I have exciting news! Something that I’ve been working on with Chance (mainly all Chancery’s work of course…I am only a farmer’s assistant) for quite some time now. I will soon post a link to more details, but in the mean time, here are some pictures to get you thinking!    

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Olive Oil Ice Cream

March 24, 2013

I don’t really like ice cream. (resist the urge to throw something at me). While we’re on the topic… I don’t like ice cream eaten out of bowls either. Weird? Sugar cones only. It’s meant to be licked dangit! Too much? Only one scoop because 2, 3, or 4 is like woah too much cream […]

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Why I blog or at least why I’m blogging again…

March 22, 2013

I’ve thought about this for a while now. Okay, maybe just this past hour while I was dancing in my room to Glee music attempting to write a blog post about green eggs. Deep philosophical moments, I know. (Yes, they do exist..green eggs, I mean.) Well, it occurred to me why I started blogging again. […]

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Raspberries and Chocolate

March 21, 2013

I’m not sure there is a better combination. Okay, peanut butter and chocolate is pretty good, too. And I guess oranges and chocolate are pretty dang fantastic as well. Raspberries are just so pretty though. Like little, hairy jewels, no? This cake came out like a dream. I was a little worried at first. It’s […]

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Things I want to eat.

March 16, 2013

This cake is for dinner. What? It’s made of chickpeas. That’s acceptable. Warm or Cold pudding? This one, definitely cold. The only reason I want to move to California is to grow avocado trees (okay and everything else they can grow there that I can’t grow here in New England…plus everything else that comes with […]

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