Thursday, July 31, 2014

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Willie Nelson

We hate to see any of our goats leave the ranch, but we can't keep everyone.  The boys are related to all of our girls, so we can't breed them together. The good news is that we have been able to place most of our mini-nubian boys before they are even weaned.  Willie Nelson was sold today to a wonderful local family that is starting their own herd.  He is sweet and strong and will make a wonderful herd sire.  The best news is that we will be able to visit him in his new home!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

New shades

Mike's genetics experiment is paying off. Last spring he crossed an olive egger hen back to a black copper maran rooster to try to get a new dark olive color. The chicks he hatched in March have just started laying with these results. #backyardchickens #50shadesofshell

Monday, July 28, 2014

Buster's back

Guess who got their cast off today and is good as new according to the vet! #bustersback #mininubian


A fist-sized Desert King white fig, sweet as honey. #backyardorchard #freshfruit #farmjunkfood

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Mini Nubians

We just updated our dairy goats page and it includes a video clip featuring our mini-nubian breed of goats. Check it out here.

Here is the video

Friday, July 25, 2014


This just in... Little Major has been sold! This handsome boy will be going to his new home in just a couple of weeks. #nigeriandwarf #kiddingseason #luckyboy


A nice ripe plum/apricot cross called a plumcot or pluot. #farmgenetics #backyardorchard

Wednesday, July 23, 2014


The rooster pen is filling up as last March's hatch comes of age. We will keep one or two, who will be the lucky winners? #blackcoppermaran #cockadoodledooo

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Monday, July 21, 2014

Sunday, July 20, 2014


The neighbor's ground is covered in old rotting peaches and that means our hogs and chickens are going to be very happy. #backyardorchard #notsofreshfruit #onemanstrash

Saturday, July 19, 2014


Can you believe that Pixie was smaller than Cowboy here just 3 short weeks ago? She is really stretching out. #mininubian #nigeriandwarf #growlikeweeds #livevicariously

Friday, July 18, 2014


Willie, Dale and Sir Ulrich are inseparable playpals. #mininubian #boyswillbeboys #kiddingseason


Here they are, Cowboy and Buffy! #nigeriandwarf #youvegottobekidding #livevicariously

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Matti kidded

Matti just had a boy and girl! #nigeriandwarf #youvegottobekidding #livevicariously

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Family Portrait

Apple Pie and her little girl Strudel relax on this rare cool afternoon.  While Strudel will go off and play with the other kids, when it is time for a nap, she always saddles up next to her mom. It is really sweet to see.

Grain trough

Everyone is enjoying the new chicken-proof grain trough except Charlie. #dairygoats #kiddingseason

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Dominance Dance

The boys are often forgotten when it comes to picture time but here are our two main herd sires Stinky Roger and Handsome Klyde doing the dominance dance.

Herd sires

The boys are often forgotten when it comes to picture time but here are our two main herd sires Stinky Roger and Handsome Klyde doing the dominance dance. #mininubian #nigeriandwarf #herdbuck

Monday, July 14, 2014


we often find ginger relaxing in the cool evening with her face to the last bit of sunshine. she is betsy ross' little girl and is quiet and sweet, like her mom

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Wednesday, July 9, 2014


Big news! Sir Ulrich is only 3 days old and someone has already reserved him to be their new herd buck. A deposit has been made and he will be off to his new home by Labor Day! #mininubian #sold #anewstudintown #ranchlife


Our little monkey, Gnocchi. #goatsintrees #nigeriandwarf #kiddingseason #livevicariously

Happy as a...

I know you're hungry but I'm not walking into that until you take at least 3 steps back.  #piggingout #mangalitsa #beatingtheheat #farmspa

Tuesday, July 8, 2014


Little Struedel just became Mike's first solo disbudding patient. She seems to be recovering nicely. #mininubian #dairygoats #dirtyjobs #ranchlife

Monday, July 7, 2014

Sir Ulrich

And so without further gilding the lily and with no more ado, I give to you, the seeker of serenity, the protector of italian virginity, the enforcer of our Lord God, the one, the only Sir Ulrich von Lichtenstein


Buster got everyone to sign his cast over the holiday weekend. #mininubian #dairygoats #onthemend

Thursday, July 3, 2014

A girl for Apple Pie

Apple Pie just had this strong little girl! I think she has another one on the way too so stay tuned. #mininubian #dairygoats #youvegottobekidding #livevicariously

Safari bar

We've been shooting a 3d archery safari tournament here at the ranch all summer and finally figured it was time to have a refreshment stand to belly up to. Mike built this bar out of some old pallets and a few pieces of leftover wood from the deck project. For now, we are calling it the safari bar. #repurposed #diy #archery #hatari

Harken peaches

The Harken peaches are ready! My favorite free-stone yellow peach. #backyardorchard #freshfruit #digoutthecanner

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Anna apples

The Dave Wilson Nursery harvest chart says our Anna apples and Saturn peaches are ready to harvest today! #backyardorchard #freshfruit #ismellpie