Diss Community Farm welcomes its first piglets

A community farm project has welcomed its first livestock, which will be turned into sausages and bacon in the New Year.

Four cute new arrivals became part of the Diss Community Farm family at the weekend as part of the initiative's pig project.

The community farm was formed in February and has expanded with the raring of Gloucestershire Old Spot pigs at a new site at the Kadesh School in Palgrave, near Diss.

Three of the four piglets have already been claimed by members and the animals will be ready for slaughter in January.

Tracey Bennett, who is coordinating the farm's pig project, said seven members would be taking it in turn to feed the animals and they were trying not to get attached to them. She added that they were planning to run a sausage making course for members when the meat comes back from the abattoir at Eye.

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'We have been very careful with the children and told them that they are tasty sausages on legs and we have not named them. If you compare it to supermarket pork, it is a similar price, but we are getting top end pork at good value for money.'

'It is produce that we know has had a good life and is ethical and we have control over our own food,' she said.

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The Diss Community Farm also has a pilot vegetable project in Winfarthing and is looking for a more permanent site in the area.

For more information, visit www.disscommunityfarm.wordpress.com

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