In January of 2018 I made the difficult decision to list my farm, livestock, and all that went with it for sale in order to be closer to family, rest my body, and have the opportunity to share what I learned during the last 8 years in a series of books.
Jon and I found a quiet, wooded neighborhood with a 28 year old house that is perfect for what we hope is our last home. With that in mind, we set out to remodel it and make it our own. The only animals to join us are Cody, our English shepherd farm collie and Chico, our household ragdoll cat.
Life is different here, and our neighbors are close. The wooded lots give us plenty of privacy and offer shelter to the nearby deer and other wildlife. My garden is no longer full of herbs and vegetables. Those are replaced by roses, ginkgo trees, lenten roses, azaleas, rhododendrons, and more.
I have written a first draft of 4 chapters of my first book. The working title is Guinea Hogs Lost and Found: The Amazing Grace of Breed Conservation. Feel free to leave a note and give me feedback on that title. The book tells the story of the hogs before the American Guinea Hog Association (AGHA) was formed, the origins of the association, conflicts between breeders, decisions made early on, and the impact some decisions made on the genetic diversity of the herd prior to 2015. I anticipate at least 10 chapters for the book, so I have a ways to go. Dozens of people have shared their stories to provide the information in the book.
I wanted to get this blog and website up and running to provide information to tide you over until it comes out. Feel free to share a link to the website on any of your favorite social media sites. By signing up for the newsletter, you will have access to the gems I send out and get first notice as my books are released. I’ll also be recruiting people to be on my launch team.
My plan for the gallery page of Guinea hog photos is that it will highlight representative hogs from foundation lines to include photographs paired with registration papers. This will allow breeders to anticipate the impact certain hogs may have on offspring, grand offspring, siblings, etc. The lines represented will include Baylis, Biggers, Brown, Hesters, Setty/Celesky, and Sumrall. I will also show some line crosses with their pedigrees.
Please check back frequently to see what has changed, and feel free to contact me with any ideas, questions, or feedback. Thank you for stopping by!