More Show Than Tell

I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and even though we lived within city limits, it didn't stop my parents from getting their country on in our roomy back yard.  Basically my parents were doing the urban homesteading gig long before it was cool.  I'm a by product of the 70's and I lived it in every way.  Not only did we grow our own vegetables, we had fresh eggs, citrus trees, grapes and goat's milk....more

Field Testing Foam Insulation for Goat Water Bucket - NABLOPOMO

A duck's eye view of a pond freezing over...During the recent cold snap, I was having my usual problems keeping all the animals watered....more

Speed Blogging for Farmers: Goats vs Sheep

Today's NABLOPOMO challenge is to write the whole post in ten minutes.Perfect! I am running behind and only have a few minutes to get this done. So, how about a quick handy dandy guide to how to tell apart the sheep from the goats?...more
Denise Indeed! It was actually a bit of a surprise to me how many visitors to the farm would ...more

We've Goat Company

We've Goat Company About half of the boer goat does have had their kids. Father Abraham did his job almost too well; multiples abound. Only Pig had a single, and one big, old mama named Opel had quads! Yes, that is four babies. Holy cow. Or should I say "holy goat"?...more
As soon as I saw "Goats" in the title, I thought "No kidding?"  And as it turned out, your post ...more

Wordless Wednesday

Anne KimballLife on the Funny FarmI call this one:Goats in the Snow, Begging for a Snack.  ...more

#274 Present, Day 9 of 31

 I haven't really written much about the new goatsLaverne and Shirley.One of my friends commented that after all the pain and disappointmentinvolved with the prior goats I pr...more

Requiem for a Goat

I know I haven't written in a while, and I honestly thought I would be writing about the new puppy in our life. Instead I find myself writing about another death on the farm.Boots was born on May 15th of this year. She died on Sunday the 16th, just a day past turning 4 months old. And, today we buried her.I've been feeling like a bit of failure. When we had the massacre weekend, I promised Boots that I would take care of her. We took her to the breeder and then brought her back after 3 weeks. And, as I wrote back then, she was never quite the same. I called it goat PTSD....more
I'm very sorry for your loss.more

An Ode to Goats

 I'm sitting in my living room crying.  Feeling silly on the one hand, but totally justified on the other.You see, we got a couple of goats on April 3rd of this year....more

Mornings On The Farm

Sometimes the most interesting things happen during the day when we are doing the morning milking. Now, admittedly, I am not a morning person. My body would prefer staying up to the wee hours of the morning as opposed to getting up with the birds. Yet I can appreciate the utility of getting an early start on the morning chores around the farm, especially during the hottest months of the year. Rising at the break of dawn to milk means getting all the animals fed and watered before the great fiery orb we rotate around has a chance to scorch the very earth we inhabit. ...more

Getting Goats

After spending a year with our chickens and loving every minute of it, hubs and I have decided to expand our homestead horizon and venture into getting goats. Why goats? As my interest and knowledge of homesteading grows, I've found that goats are actually quite useful -- and so stinkin cute! And call me "old-fashioned" (please), but I am hoping to use the milk for ice cream, cheese, butter, and soap. ...more
I love that I came across this post. We have been raising chickens for the past two years and ...more