Let it Snow, Greenhouse opens May 1, another episode of “pigs on the loose”

Dear Friends and Patrons of Cross Island Farms,

As I write this the morning of April 27, thick white flakes are blowing and falling outside my window and accumulating on the green grass below.

The goats, pigs and chickens have sought shelter inside their run-in sheds where they can stay relatively warm and dry.

The hoop house is buttoned up against the weather with it’s contents covered with row cover to retain the heat radiating up from the earth.

It’s a good day for me to stay inside as well, to finish repotting tomato and pepper plants destined for our Self-serve Roadside Greenhouse due to open this Saturday. I also need to update our web-site listing to reflect the new herb and vegetable offerings this season. In addition to herb and popular heirloom and hybrid veggie plants, we will have some garlic and potato seed for sale this year. Everything sold in the greenhouse has been grown here at Cross Island Farms, in our fields or started in our farmhouse under lights as early as this past January.

Yesterday we had another “pigs on the loose” incident. We’ve been having problems keeping our portable fence electrically charged enough to contain our 9 strapping piglets. They had “escaped” on several occasions over the past few days. Yesterday I was alerted to the escalation of the problem when David called me from his cell phone. Sounding discouraged, he pleaded, “I need your help – the pigs are in the road.”

Several of the (not so little anymore) piglets had congregated in one lane of Cross Island Road and a neighbor had stopped her car waiting for the road to clear. When I entered the scene, I immediately thought, “thank goodness it’s not July 4th,” when our road traffic can be bumper to bumper.

Luckily, we had a potential volunteer, Daniel, visiting for the day and we enlisted his help to herd the pigs into the large pasture encirled by our sturdy perimeter fence, which we are able to keep amply electrified. With arms outstretched to simulate a barrier, we three humans coaxed and cajoled the critters out of the road, through a field, over a bridge, through our back yard, over another bridge and through a swinging gate after which they were finally inside the secure enclosure.

Then we three humans collectively breathed a long, deep sigh of relief.

The pigs, on the other hand, were thrilled to have the run of our large pasture, which they immediately began to explore en masse.

Well, that’s today’s news from Cross Island Farms.


Dani Baker

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