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Shelburne, Vermont - May 24, 2010

The pigs at Shelburne Farms are living the good life while doing their fair share of the work. Photographer Shelly Holt Allen got up close to the happy hogs in this week's Sunday Sound.

"My name is Josh Carter and I am the Market Garden manager at Shelburne Farms. I manage approximately 5 acres of mixed vegetables, small fruit and cut flowers and raise pigs and laying hens.

What they are doing now is basically controlling our hedge rows which are weedy overgrowth, invasive species, they just eat up and root up and take care of it.

They fit in well also because of the food system, closing the loop basically, because they take all excess waste we have here, which is minimal now, but in August and September when we have squashes that have grown too big or fruit, like tomatoes, that have ripened and rotted on the vines, those can all go to the pigs without even blinking an eye that we are going to waste them because it's an endless supply of what we can give them that they are going to really enjoy because it's usually good food and it rounds out their diet really well.

Because most hog production is just grain fed, inside, so they are not going to have that well-rounded diet that's going to make them happy, and then happy pigs are tasty pigs, usually."

Shelly Holt Allen - WCAX News

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