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Pig Pavillion Completed!

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

“Greta & Ollie’s” Pig Pen Rises from the Mud

The old method: fill bowls on one side of the fence and toss them over. On a rainy day this would make a mess!

The old method: fill bowls on one side of the fence and toss them over. On a rainy day this would make a mess!

One of the problems that’s come up has been feeding the pigs. We can’t feed them inside the barn because that creates a cleaning nightmare. Yet when we feed them outdoors in the rain, the pigs would spill their food into the mud, and in cold weather the older pigs can slip on ice. It’s also not safe for employees to be in the midst of the pigs while food is being distributed, in case a 1000-pound pig steps on a human foot! It became apparent that the solution was to build a covered extension off the back of the barn. The roof would keep out the elements, while a concrete floor would make cleanup easier, and a system of gates could keep the piggies out until all the food is ready for the eatin’. hile the solution was easy enough to think of, paying for it wasn’t!

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Kevin Beisler, Gigi Semone, Greta and Ollie

Fortunately, Kevin Beisler and Gigi Semone saw an article about us in the NY Daily News which mentioned our dilemma, and they collected over $5000 from friends. Kevin had just lost his beloved boxer Greta, who he affectionately called the “the pig” because of her constant snorting, treat-seeking ways. In honor of her, we’ve decided to name the pavilion “Greta and Ollie’s Pig Pen.” (Kevin’s other boxer Ollie is still with him, but Kevin didn’t want him to feel left out so both Ollie and Greta’s names grace the new area!)

Good Egg Chris Kerr spearheaded the construction.


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Under construction, attached to the rear of the existing pig barn.

The first meal on the Pavilion. It was an appropriately rainy, muddy day. Here co-founder Doug Abel lays down some troughs. Note the gate to the left, which keeps employees safe from over-eager piggies while setting down the food.

The first meal on the Pavilion. It was an appropriately rainy, muddy day. Here co-founder Doug Abel lays down some troughs. Note the gate to the left, which keeps employees safe from over-eager piggies while setting down the food.

  Some reluctant first customers...

Some reluctant first customers...

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...but they soon get the hang of it.

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Happy and dry while they munch down.

Happy and dry while they munch down.

Photos by Good Egg Derek Goodwin.



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