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Rotating through pasture

The pasture here at Sweet Bear Farm was of poor quality when we began this journey. The pigs did some great work last summer, foraging and rooting. We then over-seeded with pasture mix from our favorite supply store, Farm-Way in… Continue Reading →

Pig piles

Despite the heat, and with plenty of opportunities for other configurations, the pigs chose to snuggle in a single stall in the barn. They had been on a mission: clearing and flattening an area that was left from the original… Continue Reading →

Forever homes

The piglets from both litters are all off to their forever homes. The barn looks empty and is much quieter! The big pigs have all been out in the free standing house for a few days- Hershel has been there… Continue Reading →

For the birds!!

Eleanor loves to watch the birds who visit Sweet Bear Farm. A few days ago she was fortunate to see our great blue heron as he returned to start his spring and summer fishing adventures in the pond. She watched… Continue Reading →

Chores by Eleanor

We went out to the barn this afternoon to feed the pigs. Eleanor declared that she needed “in”  with a giant grin on her face. Once in the piglet pen, she advised the piglets that she would like them to… Continue Reading →

The wonder of water

Eleanor got to push back bedtime last night… At the end of fall last year our old fire pump, the key to our water operation, ceased operation at a serendipitous moment, just as the 1500 gallon water tank on the… Continue Reading →

New Adventures for Piglet(s)…

Yesterday was a milestone for the Goyettes at Sweet Bear Farm: the first of Purdy’s piglets have gone off to their new home with Natalie and Spencer in Strafford. We successfully made it from breeding, through gestation and farrowing, helped… Continue Reading →

Growing piglets

Purdy’s piglets are of considerable size now. I’d have to say they weigh as much, if not more, than Eleanor. They’ve been trained to mind the electric fence and enjoy running around the paddock and rutting. They chase each other… Continue Reading →

Sunshine and spring temperatures!

April has seen fit to bring bright sunshine and warm temperatures. All the creatures on the farm, 2 and 4 legged, young and old, are enjoying the emergence from winter. The pigs even think it’s kind of hot! Purdy and… Continue Reading →

Cheaper by the dozen

Ruby brought 12 more piglets to the farm last night.  Her labor went much faster than Purdy’s, as did her nesting. In fact, her nesting went so fast that Jeremiah was at work on a flight from Burlington to Boston…. Continue Reading →

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