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Saving our bacon – pig keeping and using Tip the Planet

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

From our Blog – A Walk on the Wild Site

We’re constantly rooting around looking for information on building and farming methods in our search to do things efficiently and not re-invent the wheel. When we set up this blog, I made it a tiptheplanet.com blog. I wanted to show how the site is slowly becoming more and more useful and tie the practical muck-between-the-toes lifestyle out here, with something lasting. Tip the Planet seemed like a good way to do this. Not only can we write about our journey, for friends, family and interested folks. We can also record our learnings, research, failures in a central place so that people can benefit from our experiences.

Here’s a case in point. We wanted to find out about keeping and rearing pigs in the tropics for bacon and fertilization reasons.

Instead of spending hours and hours researching, which is difficult with a slow internet connection, I requested an article on pigs and an additional about keeping pigs in the tropics on this page. Basically it’s a feature where you can ask for a page to be made by the Tip the Planet community and those with knowledge or time will contribute to the article. Then, a day or two later, I checked back onto the site to find that someone had built both pages and highlighted the tips.

These pages are here – keeping pigs and here – keeping pigs in the tropics.

Suddenly we had a wealth of information to use, all in one place. Not only that, but when we experiment ourselves, we can add new tips and thoughts to this, to improve the resource for anyone who wants to keep pigs in future to use. Plus others might comment on the work we’ve done and suggest improvements and changes – especially those with experience.

…and just a few days ago, we went and collected Kesho (which means tomorrow in Swahili – as a result of our inevitable inability to kill him), a little character who is currently spending his hours breaking out of our poorly constructed pig pen, but will one day will be the father of many a young piglet that we’ll try not to get so attached to so that we have a ready supply of bacon. Photos and Kesho diaries to come.