The idea behind Lawson Park is to reflect and engage with the
cultures of the local area, a broad base encompassing a range of
projects that propose and trial 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, and able to be accessed through its many
interconnected facets. As one aspect of this, 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, of need versus ability. 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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