I can think of no-one better equipped to tell it how it is. A lifetime tenant farmer and an organic pioneer who needed to make her farm profitable. A campaigner for the values of this farming method - not as a niche market but as a vital means of farming in a sustainable way for all our benefits - is not a preacher but a practician. This makes her story invaluable
Helen Browning has that rare combination of a being a highly successful, hard-headed farmer with real emotional intelligence and a burning commitment to the sustainable health of our environment and the food we produce as well as the ability to express all these things in beautifully-crafted language. Anyone who has any interest in what we eat, how we produce it or how we should manage the landscape for our children should read this book
Entrepreneur, mother, farmer, idealist: Helen Browning is the best of modern heroes. Pig is full of brilliant, vivid and eye-opening detail about the realities and hard work of a modern organic farmer's life, but more than that it is a book about Helen's championing of values - her care for the animals she raises and for the land on which she farms, for her own family's well being and their future, the natural networks of which they are a part, the political world in which all this operates and the welfare of the customers who will eat the food she grows. What deeper or richer engagement could there be with what matters in life?
Browning's ability to convey the personalities of her pigs encourages us to think about who we eat.