Pigs In Space

Pigs In Space
Glenhope

Glenhope ~ September 11, 2014
Australia / People / Victoria

Porker, Hayley & Lincoln, Photo: Tom Ross

Deep in Glenhope farmland is an unconventional agricultural space ruled by pigs. The gigantic mammals roam the pasture in organic, grass-fed freedom. Artist Hayley Arjona and husband Lincoln Frok, tasked with managing the larger-than-life oinkers, started the sustainable farm to produce free-range pork. Inside their home the walls are christened with her explicit, psychedelic, rock-and-roll inspired art.

Hayley in her studio built by Lincoln, Photo: Tom Ross

Hayley in her studio built by Lincoln, Photo: Tom Ross

Hayley's studio, Photo: Tom Ross

Hayley’s studio, Photo: Tom Ross

Big Big Pigs

Hayley: We stumbled upon this little farm in the middle of nowhere yet so close to great towns like Kyneton, Lancefield and Heathcote. We are isolated enough to enjoy big skies and zero traffic but surrounded by great people with good food, wine and culture close by.

Just like your average homestead style, Photo: Tom Ross

Just like your average homestead style, Photo: Tom Ross

[Pigs In Space] just happened – a hobby out of hand, but one we really enjoy. Our breeding pigs are like really big friendly pets and we give them a great life. Lots of green grass on top of a balanced pig diet, mud wallows and heaps of space to roam under trees. They get to socialise with each other and enjoy our company too. Even the boar rolls over on his side for a belly rub.

Belly rub enjoyed across all species

Belly rub enjoyed across all species, Photo: Tom Ross

Sauso; Big Papa on campus, Photo: Tom Ross

Sauso; Big Papa on campus, Photo: Tom Ross

We [also] have sheep which some people like to call geep because they look so much like goats apparently. They are in fact Damara, a fat-tailed sheep originating from Africa. We are growing a purebred flock and love watching the lambings, the different colours of the coats which are produced. We name many of the sheep because they are so individual.

Damara, apparently sheep, definitely looks like a goat, Photo: Tom Ross

Damara, apparently sheep, definitely looks like a goat, Photo: Tom Ross

We definitely find that demand outstrips our supply. We are still such a small farm but I think people in general are more educated about farming practices these days and would always prefer to eat ethically raised meat given the choice. We have farmers markets within reach every weekend in this area. These markets highlight just how many people are producing food in a caring way.

Lincoln’s fresh sausage. Photo: Tom Ross.

Lincoln’s fresh sausage. Photo: Tom Ross.

One of many retired palettes, Photo: Tom Ross.

One of many retired palettes, Photo: Tom Ross.

I try to dedicate at least two or three days a week for painting. I don’t think there is a particular message [in the art] but just lots of questions. For example, over-sized breasts and udders in the paintings speak of sexual objectification, the commercialisation of motherhood and consumerist practises. How the viewer and I fit into the scheme of things here are some of the questions posed.

Woof. Photo: Tom Ross.

Woof. Photo: Tom Ross.

The Mantle, Photo: Tom Ross.

The Mantle, Photo: Tom Ross.

We crank the sound system pretty loud sometimes and it helps we don’t have many neighbours to annoy. Our distance from Melbourne means we don’t see as much live music as we used to, but we still make it down for lots of gigs and purchase our new wardrobe items from the merch stands. We also make our way over to Castlemaine quite a bit where the live music scene is getting better. Places like the Bridge Hotel are booking some great acts lately. 

Organic salami. Photo: Tom Ross.

Organic salami. Photo: Tom Ross.

Washing brushes, Photo: Tom Ross.

Washing brushes, Photo: Tom Ross.

Yep, Photo: Tom Ross.

Yep, Photo: Tom Ross.

The Tops

Coffee

Ruby Cafe, Mollison Street, Kyneton. Casual and good friendly service.

Shopping

Lots of good op shops and tip shops around this area.

Holiday Destination

Budburst Wine Festival. Our neighbours, John and Marilyn at Rowanston on the Track winery, host a great weekend of wine tasting, we cook up some fine Bud Burgers and all enjoy the beautiful garden setting.

Activity

Lincoln often drags me along fishing for cod and yellow belly in the Golburne river, not too far away.

Local Knowledge

There is a stretch of the Burke and Wills track very near to us which is called the ghost walk. Lots of owls seem to hang out there.

Best Road Trip

One of many great memories, would be watching goats being herded down a very steep track whilst sipping bevvies and the sunset over the High Atlas mountains of Morocco.

Dream Road Trip

We have always wanted to travel further by boat in the Amazon of Brazil. Perhaps working with people in the towns and villages along the way and doing lots of fishing.

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