Lawson Park Livestock
The idea behind Lawson Park is to reflect and engage with the
cultures of the local area, working as a broad base that
encompasses a range of projects; proposing and piloting new
approaches to agriculture and livestock farming, ecology and
lifestyle, in order to offer alternative and inventive methods of
land use. As a project, the site is designed to be useful and
productive, encouraging interactions between arts, community,
political and economic thinking and practice, accessible through
its many interconnected facets. As one aspect of this approach
Lawson Park farm is home to a small variety of productive
free-range livestock, including chickens, ducks, and a pedigree
British Lop breeding pig.
The logic of keeping of livestock is of course attached to Lawson Park's experiments with productive uses of land. The small number of livestock can be fed and sustained from produce and waste from the house and gardens, while in turn performing useful tasks such as producing eggs, meat or fertilising fields, eating slugs in an economic and sometimes harmonious interaction of consumption and production. The breeding of British Lops from our gilt, Octavia, has stretched the slightly precariously self-sustaining balance of livestock, house and land, requiring quite a deal of maintenance - but in return she has plowed the fields and recently provided a mob of piglets from her swollen belly which we can sell on, and keep a few for eating.
The initial plan to keep only ginger animals on the farm was quietly abandoned due to concerns over inadvertent speciesism.
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