Talk about hard lessons learned. Loading the pigs was a series of unfortunate events, and the truck ending up leaving with the pigs still here. We didn’t plan for it being so difficult. They would follow me anywhere I went with feed buckets and it was going to be easy, just follow the bucket into the truck. Hmmm they were on to us and for the first time ever they did not follow the food. We almost got one in the truck but she changed her mind. Bottom line is that it is pretty near impossible to steer a 300 pound hog!
SO it was…Hogs 1Farmers 0!
Lesson learned? Never build infrastructure for a new animal on the farm without knowing how they will get out of said area and into a truck! Our newness to this type of farming showed a lot yesterday, and that’s ok to be put in our place a bit. It’s all a learning experience. No mistakes, no lessons learned. Today we had them harvested on the farm instead of loading them live. It’s really what I wanted, so that they would go while in their happy pasture where they felt comfortable. It was hard, but it also felt right. We are learning to provide for ourselves and it won’t ever be easy, and it shouldn’t be.
I feel grateful to the pigs for the healthy food they have provided us with, and for allowing us to continue on our path as we step towards homesteading and sustainability.
The thing about sustainability is that the word is thrown around a lot, I found many definitions. This one made sense to me, I found it where I wasn’t really looking – on the EPA website.
“Sustainability is based on a simple principle: Everything that we need for our survival and well-being depends, either directly or indirectly, on our natural environment. Sustainability creates and maintains the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony.“
This is what we are stepping towards.