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Farm-Raised Ossabaw Pigs, Old School and Seriously Tasty

The Charlotte Observer's Kathleen Purvis visits 15-year-old Jonah Koeningsberg, who is raising a rare old-breed of pig called the Ossabaw on his farm in Union County. Ossabaws are said to be descendants of the Iberico pigs dropped off on an island in Georgia by Spanish conquistadors when they were exploring the New World over 400 years ago; they remained isolated for all that time and, while they've gotten smaller over the years due to insular dwarfism, Ossabaws also adapted to the food cycles of the island by storing tremendous amounts of body fat. Koenigsberg, his father Sammy, and other farmers like them are part of a move to start "getting pigs back onto small farms and keeping the genetic... More

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