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Quote of the Day: Brett L. Markham

December 14th, 2014

“Home food production is an important proficiency that contributes positively to the physical and financial health of the family. Along with this, it provides and important physiological and spiritual boost by reaffirming our connection with nature and nature’s laws, reconnecting us with our ancestral roots, and providing the feeling of competence that comes from ensuring the supply of a basic necessity – food.”

Brett L. Markham (Mini Farming: Self-Sufficiency on 1/4 Acre)

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Today is the day for our piggos to go to Iceland. It’s a somber day, not a day we look forward to and a day that is difficult to talk about. In fact it takes a week or two of preparing yourself mentally for what happens on this day. It’s not easy, but we feel like it best honors our pigs and the lives we tried to let them live. It brings us peace knowing that they don’t have to take a trailer ride or spend the night in a strange place. They can have a peaceful end in the place they feel at home. Peaceful for them, not peaceful for us.
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We are happy knowing that they led happy piggy lives, rooting and wallowing, running and eating, snorting and being with another of their kind. It was especially nice that the last week has been warm so they could spend their last days happily rooting in the woods, exactly what pigs relish doing.

3 Comments to “Quote of the Day: Brett L. Markham”
  1. Nebraska Dave on December 14, 2014 at 10:15 am

    Susy, and so the circle of life continues. It is a sad but necessary day to end the lives of animals to fill the freezer with better meat. I have been a part of hands on processing but it’s always been helping some one else do it. I expect that it would be a bit different when it was animals that I had watched grow and mature from small babies. May your pigs give you provision, nutrition, health, and great tasting meat through out the next year.

    Have a sweet goodbye pigs day.

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  2. Robin Follette on December 14, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    Excellent quote.

    We sent our pigs to the butcher. I don’t know that we’ll ever raise them again but if we do I think we’ll try butchering at home. I’d want to go to a workshop first. I know my pigs were nervous when they were on the trailer for the 25 mile trip to the butcher. They were fine when they got there but still…

    I hope the day goes smoothly. You were my inspiration in raising the pigs this year.

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  3. PennyAshevilleNC on December 15, 2014 at 9:32 am

    I know you are grateful the pigs can avoid the stress and fear of travel, and I hope the day went without incident.

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