Last night we had a surprise visit from an old friend, Sarah Willis, daughter of Paul Willis. Maggie and I met her ten yeas ago when we were out making this video, and we’ve long felt a bond with Paul Willis and family. This was the early days of restaurants thinking about meat as “whole animals,” and the early days of Niman Ranch Pork Company, of which Paul was a founding member.
So, we have brief updates from Sarah:
The number of factory hog farms continues to grow in Iowa BUT, Niman Ranch Pork company has now grown to 700 independent family hog farms. They’re in part heartened by the return of bald eagles. Sarah and Paul were driving near their farm in Thornton, IA and counted 35 bald eagles along the way.