Settling Down

Empire to the Rescue

Empire to the Rescue

When we chose Empire as the mother of our herd we had no idea how much she’d teach us , and how many times she would save our butts. Here she is with her new litter of 13 healthy piglets. But even queens make mistakes.



This is Chupa, one of Empire’s daughters, Empire accidentally stepped on her head. Due to her injuries, she could move her legs but wasn’t able to walk. I think she had a concussion.  I’ve been bottle feeding her for five days and she’s shown great improvement, she teeters, but she’s walking.  Though I would rather there hadn’t been an injury, it has been satisfying to see this piglet recover. Empire is helpful even when she makes mistakes.

selfie with piglet

selfie with piglet




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About vsvevg

Hello, I'm Abby Smith. I started this blog in 2010 to write about the pursuit of a self-sustainable life in rural Mexico. In 2015, my then-husband and I moved to Nicaragua, where we created a successful farm-to-table and in-house charcuterie program for a high-end beach resort. In 2022, with mad butchery and cheese-making skills under my belt, I started a sustainable food systems consulting business. Happily, I also have more time for my first love-- writing about food and the complexities of the simple life.

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