Baker farm raises rare Gloucestershire pigs (GALLERY)

Published: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 10:53 AM.

Gloucestershire Old Spots are pasture pigs; they prefer to forage in fields that he has planted with peas, okra, squash and, soon, rape (also known as colza), rather than being confined to a sty waiting for food.

Grundel feeds Peter and his family, including several 4-month-olds, pig chow to supplement the vegetation.

A local tradition

Though the breed is new to north Okaloosa County, raising pigs is a tradition that dates back to the region's earliest settlers.

Older residents recall the excitement of hog butchering day, when the whole family would pitch in to help produce sausages, hang meat in the smokehouse, render lard and make cracklin's.

"At the turn of the century, the pig was the No. 1 meat source around here," Grundel said. "For black residents, 90 percent of the meat they ate was pork."

George Washington Carver's first published article at the Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute Experiment Station instructed pig owners to harvest autumn acorns as pig feed, Grundel said.

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