Local Farmer Putting Food Waste on the Menu for His Pigs

NORFOLK, NE — Don’t don’t dump the food scraps. Recycle them. That’s Black Cow Fat Pig’s motto and local farmer, Doug Kuper is doing a big part in helping.

“I think it’s something we should look at more of. Any time we can put something back out there and use it instead of putting it back in the ground as a waste, it’s only small fraction of what we are trying to do but I think any bit helps.”

Kuper, who owns the popular Kuper Farms Country Market downtown, supplies Black Cow with their pork from the pigs at his farm in Hoskins.

The farm to table relationship between Kuper and Black Cow continues as all the leftovers from the restaurant go back to Kuper’s pigs.

This relationship is not only a free and environmentally friendly practice, it also saves Kuper a bucket of feed a day for the pigs.

“I come once a day and pick up about half a barrel, about 40-60 pounds at a time.”

The daily trips ensure that Kuper’s pigs are getting fresh waste.

The partnership has reduced Black Cow’s waste by 75% according to owner of Black Cow Fat Pig, Amber Behrens. Behrens and her husband, Michael have been doing their part as well to keep the planet and community a little greener.

“We were trying to help our community a little more and a great way to use our food waste instead of throwing it way in the dumpster. Doug is a great guy, we have a great relationship with him and it’s kind of cool we can watch the entire circle of life with a lot of our food. The food waste goes to the pigs, they grow up and get a well balanced diet of interesting food items. We then get them back and have delicious pork chops from it.”

Pigs were originally domesticated by people, they are good at eating our leftovers and converting our food waste into valuable food like bacon and pork, all of which you can find at Kuper Farms Country Market and BCFP.

Kuper, who takes great pride in selling hormone-free and drug-free meats, also sells chemical-free vegetables from his farm in downtown Norfolk.

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