Closer to the Land Farm

Will and Dana Schouten are the owners of Closer to the Land Farm in Bear Creek, North Carolina. When they were getting started they needed some pigs to help clear their land. They hoped to find thrifty, independent animals that would not need much care and would stay calm around their other livestock and their young children. Will is a former combat infantryman. He does all the farm events and offers old-fashioned hog butchering workshops.…

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Guinea Hog Books and More!

Please check out our extended store here! On this site you can purchase Saving the Guinea Hogs in all three formats – ebook, softcover, and hardcover, fulfilled by the printer and delivered economically to your door. Autographed books are not an option here. But wait, there’s more! I’ve assembled a collection of books that I think my readers will find interesting. Topics include livestock, regenerative agriculture, cooking, health, homesteading, fermenting, foraging, ecology, biodynamics, and more.…

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Book of the Week from Acres U.S.A.

Acres U.S.A., the Voice of Eco-Agriculture, is a publisher that produces magazines, books, and events geared to help sustainable farmers. They have an online bookstore that sells their own books plus quality farm books that are published elsewhere, like mine. I’ve been shopping with them for years. This week the marketing department at Acres U.S.A. will be focusing on my first book, Saving the Guinea Hogs. Check out this link for an author interview, an…

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Saving the Guinea Hogs now available in Three Formats

Summary Saving the Guinea Hogs: The Recovery of an American Homestead Breed by Cathy R. Payne, is now available in E-book, softcover, and hardcover editions. I am considering adding an audio book and a large print edition at some point in the future. Leave a comment if you prefer one or both of those options. The book tells the story of the Guinea Hog — a small, black, hairy, sturdy, and gentle breed kept in…

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Launch Day is Here!

This book has been a long time coming—after over five years of interviews, pouring over archival data, recording and transcribing, intensive internet searches, seeking contact information on possible sources, and slowly but surely piecing it all together in a coherent story. The print books are still about a month away from readiness, as I work with an interior book designer and an indexer to put the finishing touches on them. The e-book is live today,…

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