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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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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Hogs with Heart: Stories, History, and Care of the Guinea Hog

When I first set out to write a book about the Guinea hogs, I came up with a working title, Stories and Care of the American Guinea Hog. I was in the process of researching the breed and obtaining my first breeding stock, but found very little information “out there.” I discovered that, while some books devoted a section or chapter to the hogs, and articles had been written, there were not books devoted to…

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