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Making the most of it: Blood Sausage

April 20, 2013 | Cooking, Harvesting, Pigs | 7 comments | Author:

Blood sausage is a central aspect of harvest day. Large-ish animal harvest day, that is. And it’s one of the central acts of honouring the animal’s life, as well as getting close to the act of the animal’s death, because it’s something … Read More


Pig Tractor update: from Orchard to Market Garden

April 3, 2013 | Pigs | 8 comments | Author:

The Holistic Orchard site is now officially ‘tractored’. Our family of pigs have done a sterling job of turning this site from wonky pasture into well-plowed and manured soil. Next up at the orchard site, we’re planting a green manure … Read More


Making a Pig Tractor

February 8, 2013 | Forest Gardening, Pigs | 16 comments | Author:

Sadly a ‘pig tractor’ as we know it is not a pig in a jaunty hat driving a little red tractor. But the reality is even better. It’s an excellent low-energy, high return way of preparing ground for a new … Read More


Great opportunity to learn pastured pork + beef systems and get paid for it: Boxgum Grazing

February 6, 2013 | Pigs | 5 comments | Author:

Bit of a golden opportunity, this. Boxgum Grazing is looking for a paid farm hand near Young in NSW. And Boxgum Grazing happens to be a darn fine family-run, holistically managed, pastured beef and pork operation, who want to pass … Read More


Pig update: the system is working!

January 15, 2013 | Pigs | 6 comments | Author:

Just a quick update on the Milkwood Farm piggies who are tractoring their way through our future holistic orchard site. You know that training technique I mentioned for getting them used to electric fencing so we can minimise their fencing … Read More


Learning to be ethical omnivores

December 21, 2012 | Harvesting, Pigs | 36 comments | Author:

This week marked a big step for us at Milkwood Farm, as we got the chance to follow-through on the stewardship of our pastured pigs by taking them all the way to the plate. In the spirit of honoring both … Read More


The art of home-made Bacon

December 15, 2012 | Cooking, Pigs, Preserving | 27 comments | Author:

As promised, here is Rose’s nitrate-free, home made way of making bacon from scratch. I say ‘way’ rather than ‘recipe’ because it’s still in development in terms of quantities. But if you too are a tinkerer rather than a straight-up … Read More


Training the piglets to respect 2-strand electric fence

November 22, 2012 | Pigs | 18 comments | Author:

Figuring out the puzzle of successful pastured pigs has been interesting, but luckily we’ve got excellent mentors like Joel Salatin to help us along the way. One technique Joel explained to us during his visit last year is how he … Read More


Return of the Pigs, and Floyd

November 3, 2012 | Pigs | 18 comments | Author:

The pigs are back! 6 wessex saddleback piglets, about 8 weeks old, are the new pig tractor team of Milkwood Farm. Welcome little ones. Back is not of course the correct term as the previous 2 pigs have now been … Read More


Moving the Pigs at Polyface Farm

October 31, 2012 | Pigs | 5 comments | Author:

So what does moving a mob of pastured pigs look like, and how does it work? Our friend Derek has just finished up interning at Joel Salatin’s Polyface Farm, and he sent us some photos of a recent ‘pig move’. … Read More