Our main focus is raising Boer and Boer/Kiko cross goats. We are building our herd to include some top blood-lines and quality stock. After a few years of raising the Boer and Kiko meat breeds we decided in 2012 to add Myotonic lines into the herd. We want our emphasis to be on healthy, parasite resistant, quick gaining stock. Our goal is to provide quality stock for breeding and meat purposes. With the addtion of some Myotonic does and a Myotonic buck, we are also going to offer a limited number of "fainting goat" pets. We try to keep our animal husbandry practices as "natural" as possible. Some ways we do this are by worming only as necessary, using rotational grazing and using naturally parasite resistant stock. Antibiotics and other medications are ONLY used as necessary life-saving measures . We do however vaccinate with CD&T routinely. Worming is done on a limited scale, based on fecal test results. At some point in time we would like to become Famacha certified.
In keeping with trying to utilize our land without over using it we try to maintain natural gardening and animal husbandry practices. We have four horses which are for pleasure riding and driving, but they help us by "giving back" to the land. They are the largest contributors to our wonderful compost pile, which in turn helps us grow some of the best all natural garden vegetables we've ever had. Although we are by no means fully organic, we use no chemicals on our plants or grounds. We use manual weed control and manual/natural insect control. We use rotational planting and compost to maintain healthy soil in our small garden plot. We utilize methods such as companion planting to boost yields as well as maintain some natural pest control.
A few fruit trees: pear, peach, apple, mulberry, cherry and even a couple of pecans make up our "orchard". Although some are newly planted, we do have a few mature trees already established and producing.
Since my blackberry/black raspberry jam is my favorite canning recipe, I made sure we got a few good patches of berries in as soon as we moved. We have since added red and yellow raspberry species to the patch and hope to someday get enough berries to can a few jars of them as well. In the spring of 2011 I was given about 25 Heritage red raspberries by a friend. These have all been planted and will hopefully give us at least a small fall crop of berries. Update: We haven't been so lucky to have much of a harvest on our own acreage, but found a beautiful patch of wild red raspberries and another of big juicy blackberries which we utilized. In the summer of 2011 we gathered at least 6 gallons of berries from these "secret" patches.
Sunny early spring days bring the flow of maple sap and the making of maple syrup.....MMMM. Lot's of work and time involved, collecting the buckets and boiling down the sap, but so very well worth it.
Again in 2012 (what a busy year for us!) we added a pair of Satin rabbits to the homestead. We are hoping to integrate an additional meat source into our pantry as well as a supply of fine lovely pelts with that gorgeous satin sheen!! A Checkered Giant/Flemish doe has also been added to the rabbit barn. She will hopefully be giving us some nice meat kits beginning in the spring of 2013.
In the fall of 2011 we added two Yorkshire/Old Spot gilts to our garden. They headed to the freezer in early spring - and were delicious. We did our own butchering, processing, curing and smoking. They did an awesome job tilling the soil and eradicating many weeds and grasses (from the seed heads to the roots) in the garden!! We sold one and the other made it into our freezer.
We also added a pair of Asian Heirloom Hogs to our breeding program. They are giving us the same rototilling action in the fall/winter/spring months as well as allowing us to breed our own feeder pigs, both for sale and our own consumption. Update: Our first litter of 5 AHH were born in May of 2012....oh boy are they adorable. We sold all but two and those two moved into the freezer late in 2012. They far surpassed any expectations of meat quality I had, being THE MOST delicious pork I have ever eaten. Not much produced in the way of bacon, but a few nice sets of ribs, hams and lots of ground pork fill up a large hole in our freezer. They also produced a good amount of lard that we rendered and find to be an awesome addition to our home-grown pantry.
Season: May through September
Type: single farm
# of Shares: 3
Full Share: $650 full share (includes a variety of meat, vegetables, fruits, eggs, berries and other local fare)
1/2 Share: $350 half share (includes a variety of meat, vegetables, fruits, eggs, berries and other local fare) Meat only ($375) and Veggie only ($275) shares also available
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