There are probably very few of us who have not watched that scene at the beginning of the Wizard of Oz, where Dorothy falls off the fence into the pig pen and her uncles jump in to save her from being eaten. Our children can lie down in the pig pasture if they want. When pigs are confined, constantly competing for feed, water, and even space to lie down, they get very stressed. They get aggressive and mean. They are fighting for survival. That’s no good for anyone. Not the animals, not the people who tend them, and certainly not the people who eat them.
When pigs live the way our pigs live, they are relaxed. They are gentle, curious creatures that it is a joy to raise. Some of our pigs are so friendly that they come when called, to get scratches and treats. We joke that our boar, Gannon, is more like a 500-lb dog. With tusks. We are so blessed to have found this way to raise pigs!