We had the good fortune of connecting with krys cook and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi krys, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
Passion driven. Very personal. Based on my kids. There wasn’t really any thought it rolled into what it has become!
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Oh man where do I start? I’m going to start with this. I choose art because that I my practice. Everything I do is a creation. My background is MFT specializing in art therapy. My interest in raising this very special meat/pigs is the art work and the psychological aspect. Pigs are unbelievably smart and they thrive in situations where they can be social and roam in their space. You have to scientifically shift their meat with their feed for them to become and true piece of art on your plate. Both of those aspects drive me to do what I do. How did I get here… I’ll say this. Maybe the first time I’ve really opened up publicly and not given a PC answer. I got here by hard fucking work. By not giving up EVER. I had a great upbringing my parents are amazing and have always been supportive. I was a very sick kid. Looking back for sure I had celiacs disease and a variety of other undiagnosed issues. Things that got diagnosed later in my teens. As my hormones started to shift in my early teens things got really messed up for me. Rather than looking into the functional reasons I was feeling depressed in the 90’s it was all about diagnosis and medication. I was put on meds early on (14) and the wrong meds and shot into a vicious cycle of being a lab rat. I got moved from placement to placement, been on 20,000 mg +\- of medications, had had insane experiences within all this. I knew I didn’t need any of this stuff but I got stuck. Eventually I ended up in Utah in a residential treatment facility where I graduated high school it was a great place because they did a ton fo outdoor activities and really got me into the outdoors. Hunting, fishing, hiking, appreciating what’s around us. I graduated high school there and came back when I was 17 to my family. When I got back I took a few years to wean myself off of all medications. I was diagnosed as nothing abs have lived without any drugs since then. And figured out my way of living with discipline, reason, and happiness. Going from structure to un structure was difficult. But, what helped me through al those years was art. Expressing myself through it. So I went to school for fine art. I did make up for the studios too. As I was cruising through my undergrad I decided to give back to kids going through shit like I did. My husband (active duty navy) and I got married in 2008 and I got pregnant and my plans shifted from the workforce. Our first son (who is not diagnosed ASD) was non verbal and VERY sick. Food healed him.. this is what guided me to start Cook Pigs. Mike grew up hunting and living for the land and created our whole concept. The base line of what we do is to control our food system and what goes in our bodies. Whole body wellness. If I would’ve known how good I was going to be at marketing I would’ve gone to school for that! Haha! I blew our idea. But bigger than we originally expected but it’s not our families legacy and it’s been a cool ride So to answer this.. NO never easy. Life isn’t easy. What is Hard makes you uncomfortable and changes you for the better. That’s the real deal. Anything easy isn’t worth it.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
ALWAYS find me at my ranch with my crew. Best food best people!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are 4 dudes… 1. I couldn’t have done any of this without the support of my husband. He guided it, supports me, pushes me, believes in my crazy ideas. 2. The other man in my life who also has supported me big time is my dad. With the inspiration of my great grandfathers ranch and his dream my dad has been my biggest supporter. 3. My brother. He is my muse and guides me. Likes me out, supports me, loves me and. Drives all our outdoor/hunting projects. 4. My brother in law, Nick. My best friend for life. He started cook pigs with me. He ran all the butcher end of things. He worked with me all through the years on all things meat, cutting, margins, deliveries, logistics, and building really cool trucks (nothing to do with my business HAHHA)!
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