Saturday, January 7, 2012

it takes a village

Read this post on friend and fellow farming author, Ben Hewitt's blog. He talks about the upcoming hog slaughter and wanted to share it. He writes about the animals, friends, neighbors, and shared work that will feed a group of people. Also, dog nuts. Here's some of Ben's fine writing, if you don't already tend his blog, get to it right quick.

On Saturday, we kill the pigs. It goes well; one shot each followed by a quick probe of the knife to loose the blood and as always, the shock of the sheer quantity of it, spreading across the frozen ground like unfurling sheets. Ryan and Jocelyn show up, and we spend the next two hours skinning and gutting and sawing and hoisting the halves to hang overnight so they’ll stiffen for cutting the next day. We have lunch. We skin and gut and saw and hoist some more. We are tired and the job is done....

Read the rest of the story here at Benhewitt.com

8 Comments:

Blogger K said...

Ben says he doesn't have a name to put to the exchange.

How about Barnheart-Raising??

January 7, 2012 at 4:32 PM  
Blogger karental said...

Wow.

January 7, 2012 at 6:02 PM  
Blogger Stacey said...

I read in a Portsmouth (NH) newspaper yesterday that Ben is speaking in Exeter, NH in May about food and farms. Hoping to be able to go! More details here if any other readers are in coastal New England: http://www.foodandhealthforum.com/id19.html.

January 7, 2012 at 6:03 PM  
Blogger hayes8705 said...

I love Ben Hewitt's writing. I find that I keep returning to his book on Hardwick and their local food system to re-read sections. So good. And the coolest thing is that I used to work with his dad (and poet) Geof Hewitt at the Vermont DOE! Geof always talked about his son being a writer but I didn't become familiar with his work until recently. Anyway, thanks for sharing and reminding me of his blog.

Susan

January 7, 2012 at 8:06 PM  
Blogger Firecracker Farm said...

This is the third piece of writing this week that I have randomly stumbled upon, that has just happened to involve pig butchering and the community surrounding it. I hope this means that it is on the rise!

January 7, 2012 at 8:32 PM  
Blogger Firecracker Farm said...

This is the third piece of writing this week that I have randomly stumbled upon, that has just happened to involve pig butchering and the community surrounding it. I hope this means that it is on the rise!

January 7, 2012 at 8:32 PM  
Blogger Matt_Middleton said...

Thanks for posting this :)

January 9, 2012 at 3:36 PM  
Blogger Trekout2 said...

Thanks Jenna enjoyed the read

January 10, 2012 at 7:45 AM  

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