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TAG : Goats

Trip to the Fair

Every year, I can't resist going to the local county fair. I didn't participate in 4H or FFA as a kid. At that time, people had a tendency to look down their noses at a "town kid" being in something that was supposed to be for the "country kids." I guess it was just as well. I was way too shy ...

Plum Tired

It happened that day just as it did almost every other day. "Mom," said 10-year-old Tristan as he walked in the door from school, “I want an iPod. Even Sophia in Grade 2 has an iPod." Cody echoed Tristan's sentiments. "I'm the only one in my class without a phone," said the 12-year-old. And ...

Something to be Thankful For

Country living, homesteading, rural life, no matter what you call it, it conjures up different feelings, thoughts and theories of what exactly it means. Much like art, it is in the eye and heart of the beholder. For me and my husband, it is making the most of what we have, either due to ...

Quiet Time

I am blessed. I grew up in town, but I have finally made it to my perfect country life in the Sierra Nevada Foothills of California. Sometimes life gets too busy and I forget to thank God for all I have and all I've been allowed to accomplish. I can't imagine any other life than the one I ...

Becoming a Do-It-Yourselfer

My dad had three girls, and not one of us was interested in learning how to build stuff. My mom was a hairdresser, and I definitely wanted to use a comb and scissors over a hammer and nails. My dad will tell you he isn’t a very good builder, but I tend to disagree. He helped build our ...

Finding a Billy Goat

Last week our first baby goat was born on our little hobby farm. As I go through this journey of having a new baby on the farm, I think back to how we got here. It was my mission all last summer to make sure my goats got big enough to breed in the fall and to find a billy goat. I am not sure ...

Goat Politics

NoOb goat herd management on a hobby farm is interesting. We tried three breeds, not knowing how they would get along or that we would end up getting rid of some. We also didn't plan on a fatal mauling and an accidental poisoning. Ah, goats. We think our Boer buck died after ingesting a plant ...

Kidding Season 2014

The days and nights are busy. Cleaning stalls, re-bedding stalls, making sure “kids” have indeed nursed, feeding any orphans by bottle, serving a cocktail to the does after they deliver and smiling at the antics of these cute little animals. Kidding season has begun here at Green Spot ...

A Proper Introduction

Our Old Place Farm didn't start out as a farm; it started with one horse and some barn cats! The barn cats had kittens before I could catch them and that is when the growth began. One kitten remained and has grown into a beautiful adult plus the two original farm cats. One day a skinny stray ...

Goats on the Family Farm

Growing up on a small family farm, I still have good memories of some of the various animals who shared that life. Quite possibly that accounts for my love and concern for animals today.Some friends once gave my dad and mother a pair of young goats. We had never had goats before, so all of us ...