MYSTIC, Conn. (WTNH) – Five young Berkshire pigs are tilling the land here in Mystic.
A portable pen framed by an electric fence will be moved around until two acres are cleared for planting at the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center.
“They’re looking for grubs … bugs … all the good snacks underground,” said Chad Frost of Frost Landscape Architecture. “And by doing that, they till up the soil for us, kind of aerate it, and in turn all those weeds into fertilizer for us.”
The nature center took over the Coogan Farm last fall. Soon after, the center planted the seed for a giving garden with the help of the Robert G Youngs Family Foundation and the United Way.
The United Way’s Gemma Moran Food Bank will benefit from the steady stream of fresh produce – lettuce, tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, carrots, beets, spinach and more – that will be raised here by volunteers.
It’s new life for a farm that dates back to the 1700s.
“It’s integral to the history of the farm but obviously it has a great benefit for the community at large,” said Steven Dodd of the Nature & Heritage Center at Coogan Farm. “It’s a nice combination,”