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Gratitude Sale, Seasonal Specials, and an E-Book Store!

    Each day, I take time to focus on gratitude. As Thanksgiving approaches, our collective national consciousness moves to that realm. I am grateful for so many things this month. My family is in good health, we eat delicious, nutritious, food supplied by our local sustainable farmers. I have friends who keep in touch, access to telemedicine, and a comfortable home. I am also grateful to my reading audience. You have been very supportive…

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Experienced Breeding Duo in Mansfield, Georgia

The West family, Daniel and Nina of Danina Farms, plan to travel with their four homeschooled children in the upcoming months and need to find a good placement for Danina Queen Esther, a three-year-old experienced sow, and BRP MS King Xerxes, her mate. Xerxes was bred by me at Broad River Pastures. His dam and sire are distant cousins from Gary Sumrall’s farm, entered into the registry via the Genetic Recovery Program of 2017. Together…

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Kindred Spirits across the Pond: A story of two Conservancies

I’ve been doing lots of interviews, talks, and promotions of #heritagebreedsweek ¬†for the last two weeks. As a historian and someone who loves to connect with personalities in history, I’ve been doing deep research again on some of the people upon whose shoulders we stand when we do our conservation work. On May 26 I put some of that information together for a short talk at my Athens Toastmasters meeting via Zoom. I made a…

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International Heritage Breeds Week 2020 and a History of Support

What is International Breeds Week? International Heritage Breeds Week is May 17-23 in 2020. This celebration, conceived by The Livestock Conservancy, is always the third full week in May. The history and purpose of the week are expounded here. The aim is to raise global awareness of endangered livestock breeds such as the Guinea Hog. The hashtag on social media is #HeritageBreedsWeek. The Conservancy, previously known as the American Minor Breeds Conservancy (AMBC) and the…

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