In February of 2009, my husband and I bought our first home located on a few acres in Johnson, Vermont. We live here with our dog, Ollie, two cats: Elvis and Atticus, six Nigerian Dwarf goats: May, Chutney, Poppy, Juniper, Willow, and Jokers Wild, and about fifteen laying hens. And to top it all off we welcomed our daughter, Isabel, into the world on January 11th, 2011.

We're slowly updating our 1850's farmhouse while steadily working towards a healthy, meaningful, self-sufficient life together.

This blog details our endeavors along with our successes and failures- all in good fun. Thanks for stopping by, hope to see you again soon!


May and I enjoying some sunshine



Lovingly Posted by Melissa Sunday, February 7, 2010

Big goings-on around the farm lately.  A couple weekends ago we started working on our pig shelter so we could get started on our pork production.  We wanted to get them before Spring while the prices were still low on feeder pigs.  But we didn't really want to keep them in the barn with the chickens and goats for various reasons, so we thought they'd better have their own little place to call home.

We decided to build a floor for the shelter to try to help keep the pigs cleaner and dryer- in hopes that it would keep them warmer for the rest of this Winter.  We spent some money at the lumber mill on some pressure-treated 2x4s for the decking frame (I know, probably overkill, but we figure if it holds up until after the pigs are gone we might convert it to a buck house when we have some boy goats on the farm.) but other than that the structure would be a basic pine and plywood job with some salvaged metal roofing to top it off.

It went up pretty quick, although we did run into a few problems here and there because we didn't draw up any plans, so it was kind of piece it together as we go.  But our speed-square always came to our rescue.  Over the course of a couple weeks we were able to get the walls all built and covered but we've yet to start putting on the roofing.  Because the truck has died we haven't been able to get the rest of the materials we need- mainly a couple more sheets of plywood that don't exactly fit in the Scion.  So we've been put on hold.

But today I think we might try to put the roofing on without the plywood to go beneath it- its probably overkill anyways.  We're going to try to move the structure to be within one of our fenced in pastures.  Its going to be a pain since we'll have to take the walls off (thank goodness for screws) but I'm feeling more motivated now.  'Why?' do you ask?  Well my dear friend, because we've got some little bacon bits that need a home.  Thats right, folks, we've got some piggies in the barn.

Yesterday we decided to go for it.  After finding out that half of the people selling $40 pigs were sold-out we figured we'd best get our butts in gear before we found ourselves paying more than double that.  We made a trip to Fairfield were an old-time farmer had something like fifty feeder pigs for sale.  Now, remember I told you that the truck has been broken down?  Well, I almost hate to admit it, but we strung a tarp up within the car and layed down some straw- yep, they were going to ride home in the back of the Scion.

Let me introduce you to the gang.

First off is Brick Top (seen here on the left of the picture), he's the biggest of the group and seems to be really taking charge.  He's got some nice coloring with a band of white between his red coat, and a couple little black spots on his rear end.  Next to him, the little black-spotted guy in the center, is Boris the Butcher. 

Next up we've got Freddy Four Fingers, all red and the loudest screamer of the bunch he's also the smallest and sort of the low man on the totem pole so far.

Last but not least, check out the gray and black spotted guy on the top of the heap here in the barn.  This, my friends, is Gorgeous George.  Yep, this is how we found all these tough guys this morning, all cuddled together in a nice big nest they built.

Needless to say, the goats weren't thrilled last night when these boys arrived.  So we felt compelled to block off half the barn to keep them separated, but everyone seemed alright this morning.  Hopefully by the end of the day we'll be able to move the boys out of the girls house so we can all live in peace again.

So what do you think?  I feel a little crazy myself.  I honestly never thought I'd own pigs...they're not my favorite farm animal...but I do love bacon.  Speaking of which, I think I need to get myself some breakfast.


  1. Donna Mae Says:
  2. sounds like a fun weekend so far for you guys!
    They are too cute...:) I hope they are going to get big and ugly someday....? LOL

  3. EcoLife Says:
  4. Are you guys planning on selling some of that pork... because 3 pigs is a ton of meat! I am really excited for you to see how the pig adventures turn out.

    *oink oink*

  5. Melissa Says:
  6. Heck yeah! :) We're going to keep one full pig for ourselves and the other three are being sold to family and some friends...so far all but one and a half are spoken for. Good thing we've got a big chest freezer!!

  7. Anonymous Says:
  8. Okay, so where are the pictures of the pigs? I don't see them. Do you have any here?