The Beekman Boys

BY Ari Karpel

September 17 2010 3:00 AM ET

BRENT RIDGE JOSH KILMER-PURCELL 01 XLRG (PLANET GREEN) | ADVOCATE.COM

A big lesson for them—and for viewers—was
the slaughter of their beloved pigs, Porky and Bess, raised in comfort,
wandering the perimeter of the farm, munching on whole vegetables,
intended to yield food that would sustain the boys through the winter.

It
was a painful process, which showed them researching how to handle it
humanely, and they stood by while a friend killed them with as little
pain as possible. It’s an offal process, but someone had to do it.

“You
hear a lot of stories about people who give up the city life and move
to the country to live the simple life, but most of those stories are a
one way street that leave the city behind,” Kilmer-Purcell says. “What
we really want to do is try to help small farms in small towns in
America by making the introduction between that way of life and people
in the city.”

And sometimes between
the city ways and country situations. “Google is our friend,” he says.
“If we have a question like ‘Why is the chicken losing its feathers,’ we
type in ‘Why is the chicken losing its feathers’ into the Google search
bar. What do we do when the llama collapses? Go to Google.”

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