Hm. I was completely put off by the description of pig-raising in Farm City – Carpenter’s story of having to go dumpster-diving to fill fifteen five-gallon buckets every night to feed her two swine was an instant turn-off.

But now the Guinea Hog has me thinking.

According to the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy,

Guinea Hogs were expected to forage for their own food, eat rodents and other small animals, grass, roots, and nuts, and clean out garden beds. [ … ] These Guineas were hardy and efficient, gaining well on the roughest of forage and producing the hams, bacon, and lard essential for subsistence farming. [ … ] These hogs do not produce a conventional market carcass, since they are smaller and more fatty than is preferred today. Guinea Hogs are, however, appropriate for use in diversified, sustainable agriculture. They would be an- excellent choice where there is need for the services of hogs (such as grazing, rooting, tilling compost and garden soil, and pest control) and also the desire for a small breed.

Anything that can mostly forage on its own, till my garden beds, and also probably won’t grow to weigh 500 pounds earns a big star in my book. And who cares if the meat is fatty? I think what they mean is tasty.

Thanks for the heads-up from Pluck and Feather.

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