One of our local hog experts/old timer/pork producers offered to teach me how to castrate our new piglets from Homegrown Acres. Since this pork will be produced for our local farmers market, and several upscale restaurants, we felt(along with Brian) that it would be best to castrate them ASAP. He told me that the time to cut was on the 2nd-3rd, because the moon was right(New Moon). He offered to come up tonight, but he thought the moon might be "in the Heart", which could be bad. This weekend coming, however, the moon will change, and might be better then. He and another old timer/ pig farmer are coming up Sat. to teach me the best way to castrate. I love the passing down of knowledge, and am looking forward to the process, but I feel really dumb. What is this calender, and where can I find it? I am intrigued by the old time way, and grew up raising hogs, here, with no such knowledge. I want to know these mountain ways inside and out, and having been raised here, somehow have missed it. I think, that the mountain way, has developed from the mode of survival. I envy the folks here, who grew up depending on making their own way, or die. Of course the younger generations dont appear to see it, but the last generation has it going on. We must preserve it. My question is, can someone explain to me the "Moon", before these wonderful neighbors come up Sat. to teach me some barn yard surgery, so as I can truly understand, and thus glean the full tutorial? Thank you, Luke.