We love winter squash, but even with all the help the monastery can give, one thousand pounds may be more than we can eat. For one thing, not every squash is going to be ripe before our first hard frost, or in fit condition to store. Fortunately, on the integrated (multi-species, whole ecosystem) farm there are many other uses for winter squash: besides the obvious, pigs, there are the chickens, who love a split winter squash and will eat the seeds and all the flesh down to the rind. Chock full of the most delicious fats, proteins and B-vitamins. In the afternoon when we go down to give the chickens their evening meal, we toss what’s left of their breakfast squash to (yes, you guessed it) the pigs.
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