Steve Jenkins and Derek Walter
Vitamix Indoor Speaker Stage
Esther the Wonder Pig: Changing the World One Heart at a Time
Unlikely care-givers Steve and Derek got a whole lot more than they bargained for when the designer micro piglet they adopted turned out to be a full-sized 600-pound sow!
Their funny, heartwarming, and utterly charming best-selling book Esther the Wonder Pig: Changing the World One Heart at a Time (2016) shows how families really do come in all shapes and sizes. In the summer of 2012, Steve Jenkins was contacted by an old friend about adopting a micro piglet. Though he knew his partner Derek wouldn’t be enthusiastic, he agreed to take the adorable little pig anyway, thinking he could care for her himself. Little did he know, that decision would change his and Derek’s lives forever. It turned out there was nothing “micro” about Esther, and Steve and Derek had actually signed on to raise a full-sized commercial pig. Within three years, tiny Esther grew to a whopping 600 pounds. After some real growing pains and a lot of pig-sized messes, it became clear that Esther needed much more space, so Steve and Derek made another life-changing decision: they bought a farm and opened the Happily Ever Esther Farm Sanctuary, where they care for Esther and other animals in need.
Join Steve and Derek as they share some of their adventures–from reluctant pig parents to farm-owning advocates for animals. They will also talk about the power of social media for animal activism and inspiring change, the Esther effect, the farm, the book, and more!