cropped-piggies1.jpgPigs eat sticks.  We don’t just mean the charred wood you shove in their pen so they can eat the charcoal, we mean sticks, like tree prunings.  They don’t just chew them, they chew, munch and swallow them.  A young farmer* who visited us last week told us of this predilection which she had observed in her own pigs, and, lest we fail to credit her report, demonstrated by feeding a bunch of apple prunings to four porkers in our barn.  You’d have thought Catherine had given them carrots, or corn, instead of sticks; they didn’t just chew the sticks up, they gobbled them. Who knows what dietary need they were satisfying?  And simultaneously composting prunings that might otherwise breed a new season of disease or pest for our apple trees.  We never cease to be fascinated by the myriad levels of significance in nature, observation of which allows humans to enter into and partake of the harmony.  Thank God, too, for the engagement of so many young farmers who are interacting and observing and drawing new conclusions; the future of farming is in good hands.(*Catherine is four years old.)