The Farm Blog

Thoughtful op-ed piece from the NY Times on pigs raised in confinement

The Frozen Tundra

  Baby, it’s cold outside! Here’s what’s going on at the Whynot.  We have had eight alpaca cria in the past four months.  Some of the babies are pictured above.  We are struggling to keep everyone warm in these polar conditions.  … Continue reading

Alpaca babies!

We’ve been having babies on the farm this month.  Could we have picked a more inopportune time?  Nevertheless, these little guys are pretty hardy and really cute. Above is Hank (brown cria) and Red (rose-gray cria) with their moms.

Baba Looey

Here’s a pic of our erstwhile guard donkey, Baba Looey.  In the second shot, he is with his gal-pal, Snow Rose.

Happy Pig Families

Here are pictures of Boris and Biggie, two of our prized purebred Berkshire hogs. See their little one nursing in the rear view.  What a happy little family! Here’s a picture of Boris and his siblings when they were little … Continue reading

Smithfield Food acquisition by the Chinese – On becoming China’s Farm Team

Here’s a thoughtful article by Mark Bittman of the NY Times on the fall-out from the sale of Smithfield Foods to the Chinese.  It’s the largest producer of pork in the U.S.


Last year we began raising pigs on pasture.  We started with a small herd of eight Yorkshire/Duroc cross piglets. Then we added to the herd with eight Berkshire piglets.  After that, we added a group of Ossabaws, which are an … Continue reading

More pictures of our newest baby cria

We named our newest cria Darren, after the gentleman who helped him into the world. Darren works with us on the farm and just happened to witness and assist with the birth, including keeping Baba-Looey, our protective guardian donkey, away … Continue reading

We have a new baby!

Darren was born yesterday to Mom, Ruggine and proud Papa, El Patron. He is just a doll. Stay tuned for more pictures of our newest baby.                

Ask Goob – “What is happening to my eggs? They keep disappearing!”

Goob ran into a lady at the feed store who asked his advice about her missing eggs. She thought she had a problem with sneaky rats stealing her hens’ eggs. We have also heard of snakes stealing eggs and eating … Continue reading

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