10 Reasons You Should Drop Everything to Read about Two Men, a 650-lb “Wonder” Pig, and Their Farm Sanctuary


  1. You’ve already watched Babe and Homeward Bound and are searching for your next feel-good-inspirational-animal-story catharsis.
  2. You spend hours playing farm games like Stardew Valley, daydreaming about what it would be like to give it all up (the high rent, traffic jams, your office job, the back problems that come with your office job, the chiropractor bills that come with your back problems that come with your office job) and move to the countryside to start your own farm.
  3. You just finished reading Esther’s origin story in Esther the Wonder Pig and are dying to know what happened after Steve and Derek raised over $400,000 to uproot their lives and start a farm sanctuary dedicated to rescuing animals. Was living outside a pizza delivery zone tougher than expected? Did they experience unexpected landmarks and triumphs? Did Ricky Gervais visit their farm? Did Esther go through a terrible teenage phase? There’s only one way to find out!
  4. You want to meet Esther’s new farm companions:
    • A horse and donkey duo who are BFFs
    • Some cows who staged their own Great Escape
    • A trio of goats named after the royal family
    • …and more!
  5. You believe that families come in all shapes and sizes.
  6. You’re trying to convert to veganism but sick of eating raw broccoli for every meal. Steve and Derek faced the same problem when they realized they just couldn’t look Esther in the eyes after eating bacon for breakfast, so they’ve shared their most delicious vegan recipes in this book.
  7. You’ve read way too many depressing news articles recently, and you desperately need a heart-warming palate cleanser to remind you that there are truly good things (and pigs…and people) in the world.

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  9. There’s more where that came from!
  10. You believe that change can come from small, seemingly insignificant places.


It’s true that sometimes we believe there’s not much we can do to make the world a better place, and we might feel minuscule or hopeless in the face of global crises. Esther was once just a five-pound “micropig” living illegally in an apartment with her dads—tiny and powerless in all appearances. But as she grew to an enormous size, so did her impact on the world around her. She inspires not only her dads but also a whole community to live more sustainably, be kinder to one another, get involved in animal and social activism, and ultimately, to make the world a better place. Which, despite her humble beginnings, is no small thing.