We’ve all heard parents ask their children not to “play with their food.” At our house one of our goals is to get our kids to play with their food. Well, not at the dinner table, but on the farm. Planting seeds, weeding, harvesting, caring for animals these are all ways that our kids interact with (or “play” with) their food before it’s anywhere near their plates.
At our farm we do more than encourage our children to “play with their food,” we encourage our food to play, too The industry standard is to keep pigs inside on concrete floors with very little room to move around and nothing to explore. Pigs are naturally curious and playful animals. At Climbing Tree Farm our pigs live outside, with varied terrain, and natural wonders to explore; like snow, plants, fallen trees, mud, rain, leaves, bugs, squirrels, you name it.
There are infinite reasons why we raise pigs the way that we do; like that our meat is significantly more healthy for you than conventional pork, that there is less environmental degradation when pigs are raised in a natural environment in small numbers, that buying locally creates jobs, and that farms keep the countryside green and beautiful. Most of us know these things, but did you know that when given the chance, pigs play? We know we are doing our job well when the pigs are obviously having fun!
It is my opinion that when more people " play" with (or interact with) their food, few people will choose the industrial status quo, and there will be more food that gets to play.