Starting a Family Farm in Vermont

Gloucestershire Old Spots Piglets —
September 23, 2006, 8:01 pm
Filed under: Farming, Pigs


Our newest arrivals joined the Farm this past weekend. The Gloucestershire Old Spots Piglets (GOS).  I got up early Saturday morning and drove to Elysian Fields Farm in Sloansville, NY and picked up the first of our Heritage Breed piglets. We got three males and they are something else! Besides being cute they are extremely friendly and trusting. I have already noticed a difference between the Yorkshires and the GOS. The Yorkshires are wonderful as well but when I got the piglets home it took them a while to adjust. We had to work a bit to gain their confidence as providers of food, shelter, and of course Respect. The GOS seem to be more friendly and less head shy. We do have the Respect of all of the Yorkshires now, it just took a little work. 

I arrived at Elysian Fields around 8:30am, and had a great time checking out Debi and Laurent’s operation. They were very nice and more than willing to help a novice in any way they could. Before I knew it, what seemed like 10 minutes turned into an hour and half . It’s so nice to have a conversation with others that share the same passion for nature, animals, and farming.  — John


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