Alfred Reed Bishop and Doris William Butler

The picture above is the very tap root of Bishop's Homegrown/Face Of The Earth Seed. My grandparents shortly after moving to Pekin Indiana from Greensburg KY in 1947 where they purchased the farm that is now Bishop's Homegrown. This picture was taken in Pekin in front of the old co-op next to the old railroad depot, neither of which exist today.

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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

A Hog Shed Update with pictures!

The first shed worked out so well we decided to convert our old hogshed (one which Kim's father gave me, well he gave me two sheds, which I tore apart and reused to make one good one and then attached the back structure/run with scrap lumber I scavenged) which we had used for chickens previously back into a hog shed with a pallet fence run.

For this little guy who is still looking for a mate.

Here is our newest addition, a bore potbelly, he is still relatively young but phenotypically screams to me that he is indeed what we are looking for.

Going back to the original shed, here is the gate, fastened in "poor man" style to the pallets beside it with shoe laces and braced with a cinder block.

Here is the finished enclosure and fence. As you can see, on one side of the enclosure we made a small pallet box with a gate to close them in at night until they get large enough to dissuade predation by coyotees, bobcats, and stray dogs.

The aforementioned boar who we got from a friend via a trade. Likely the most "backwoods" trade I ever made, a friend, (think Rob Zombie with glasses) pulled up in his late 60's pickup in cutoff jean shorts, no shirt and wearing sandals and promptly traded me the pig for a bottle of homemade elderberry wine (all of this just hours before attending a David Allen Coe concert). The pig is now affectionately known as "Winehead".
Fence from a different angle. The feed bags are there to cover gabs that the small pigs could (and did get out of).
The newest pallet/pig project. A pasture box made of pallets. The roof is made from an old corrugated plastic cigarette advertisment which would have ended up in the county landfill otherwise. The box set's atop a skid so it can be drug by hand, four wheeler, or tractor to the necessary field to allow the pigs to pasture, root, and fertilize for planting next season. We will be making one of these for all of the breeder pigs we decide to keep with the sheds serving for dry season (to dry to root effectively, nothing to forage for) and also for farrowing.

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