Thursday, July 20, 2017

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Fire

The new Park fire is about 10 miles north of us in very remote terrain. #calfire #tiztheseason

Friday, July 14, 2017

Onions

D-Swizzle and Gary 4.0 harvested some huge Alissa Craig onions today. The biggest ones were nearly 4lbs.  #growyourown #ranchlife

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Piglets

Zsa Zsa had piglets yesterday. Only five in this litter so they should be good and strong. She's happy because she's on the all-you-can-eat buffet. #mangalitsa #lardpigs #heritagebreeds

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

More pigs

Zsa Zsa is almost ready to make some more mouths to feed so we rebuilt the farrowing pen and lured her over with a giant zucchini. Should have piglets any day now. #mangalitsa #woolypigs #oldworldpigs #heritagebreeds

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Water

With the upcoming heatwave, everyone is looking for a cool drink. #honeybees #stocktanks #ranchlife

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Sheepdogs

Jones has been showing his daughter how to move the sheep down to the lower pasture and back. Frog is doing great but needs to learn to pace herself, she's wiped out. #bordercollies #sheepdogs #herding

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Foxtail

Rounding up the herd last night we noticed this little ewe with her right eye closed. We caught her and had a look and found a foxtail stuck deep in it just inside the upper eyelid. We were able to grab it and then flushed and applied some antibiotic ointment to her eye. It must have been so painful but the good news is her eye was already open and looking better this morning. #ranchlife #stcroixsheep #alwayssomething

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Cherries

Stella cherries are coming in! #backyardorchard #growyourown #freshfruit

Monday, May 29, 2017

Surprise

Dylan wondered why his bicycle was making so much noise this morning walking it up from the bathhouse. #constantvigilance #bikeridefromhell

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Sabine

Here's a little surprise we got a couple days ago. Jellybean was bred around Christmas but deemed open after an early pregnancy check. She didn't really show but sure enough on day 145 she unexpectedly popped out this little beauty. We wanted to name her a bean for her mom but it was also the 40th anniversary of the release of Star Wars so we compromised and named her Sabine (from Star Wars Rebels). What a cutie! #mininubian #dairygoats #youvegottobekidding

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Harvest day

We took advantage of this unusually cool May day to process about 40 meat birds and a dozen free-range roosters. The freezer is full again! #growyourown #farmlife #yardbird

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Final Two

Betsy Ross dropped two precious girls this morning to officially end our Spring 2017 kidding season. What a great way to finish! #mininubian #dairygoats #youvegottobekidding

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Hatband

Dressed up the old cowboy hat with some local fauna I've been curing in a jar since last summer. #crafting #ranchlife

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Egg sucking snakes

Filed under "stuff that goes on beneath the barn". #californiagophersnake #nature #ranchlife

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Sandy

Sandy just had a boy and a girl! #mininubian #dairygoats #youvegottobekidding

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Amateur vet day

Pip has had a pregnancy related condition for the last few weeks where she has been unable to get up on her feet. The vet said it wouldn't improve until she kidded so the interns have been trying to make her as comfortable as possible.

Yesterday was her due day and since she appeared to be having contractions, Christy stayed up all night with her. By this afternoon the vet said Pip was probably going to need help. With a little teamwork from our niece Nicole, Christy was able to go in and bring 4(!) tiny nigies into the world. One didn't make it but so far mom and 3 girls are hanging in there. They are quite small and certainly not out of the woods yet but we are hoping for the best. How did you spend your Sunday? #nigeriandwarf #ranchlife #kiddingseason

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Bees

Our intern, Dylan is ready to check bees this morning. #farmfashion #honeybees

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

New lamb

I looked out the office window this afternoon and saw a tiny white dot among the bigger white dots and it ended up being a new addition to the herd. #stcroixsheep #lambingseason

Podcast Episode 9: Interns! And we've been gone... to a galaxy far, far away.

This week we talk about where we have been and what has happened in our absence. Then we do a whole discussion on interns!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Bye to two pups

We said goodbye to Primo and Bandit today. They landed jobs at a northern California commercial sheep operation so will have a dream life of living amongst hundreds of ewes and lambs. Our hearts are a little broken but we are thrilled with their placement. Thanks to Mark and Sandy and congratulations on your new workforce! #bordercollies #herding #stockdogs #sheepdogs

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Snake bite

Well it was insanely expensive but Rizzo's snake bite treatment has her looking almost normal already. If we can make it through the blood clotting concerns and the necrosis, she should be ok. #livestockguardiandogs #Anatolianshepherds #rattlesnakebites

Friday, April 7, 2017

3 kids

Finally just had quads. Though one was stillborn, she welcomes 2 healthy girls and a boy to the ranch.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Berries

Our second season olallieberries and boysenberries are looking great! #freshfruit #backyardorchard

Friday, March 31, 2017

Ugh

Damn out already and it's not even April yet. Nearly ruined my weekend. #comeonman #ranchlife

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Last Lamb

Pappy Boyington gave us a surprise last lamb of the season yesterday! #lambingseason

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Vet barn

Our little vet barn got a facelift and a white picket fence this week. #ranchlife

Friday, March 24, 2017

Kids

Mattie's triplets enjoying some outside time.  #nigeriandwarf #kiddingseason

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Lawnmowers

The landscape crew is working on the driveway today. All 39 of them. #stcroixsheep

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Jesse

Jesse just had, you guessed it, a little blue-eyed boy. #nigeriandwarf #kiddingseason

Monday, March 20, 2017

Quads

Miss Kay had quads last night! 3 boys and a girl. #nigeriandwarf #youvegottobekidding

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Podcast Episode 8: Our CSA (Can Sell Anything), updates on the orchard, puppies, ducks, greenhouse, farm stand and a new picket fence in the goat area.

This week we reveal our latest big project, the VR Meat CSA! Lucky customers get a monthly grab bag of our mangalitsa pork, st. croix lamb, homegrown chickens, eggs and much more. We also discuss the current state of affairs and other projects going on at the farm and what we have coming up in the next couple of weeks.














Blossoms

Hoping for lots of pluots, peaches, nectarines, apricots, apples, pears, etc this year out of our 100+ varieties orchard. These blossoms are a good start. #backyardorchard #freshfruit

Friday, March 10, 2017

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Cotton

Miss Cotty is helping out in the garden today by catching rabbits for us. #GreatPyrenees

Friday, March 3, 2017

Stuck

Spent the morning getting the neighbor's lumber delivery truck out of a mud hole. We had three vehicles buried to the axles before it was over and had to use the Big Dodge, Brutus, John Deere and a 7000lb farm jack to yank everyone out.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Moving

How do ya'll like our hi-tech barn moving apparatus? Round fence posts, an old tractor tire and the sassy Massey. #patentpending #farmlife #neccessity

Friday, February 24, 2017

Episode 7: Goats, Come Smell Our Dairy Air!

Everything you wanted to know about goats, specifically dairy goats. How we picked our breeds, how we set up our dairy, how we care for and make more goats. The fun and not so fun of raising these clever, gregarious ruminants.

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Clarice the Nigerian Dwarf

Roger, the Nigerian Dwarf buck

Mini Nubian with kids


Cover Girl on the milk stand

Dwarf kids

Pixie, our bottle-baby Mini Nubian

More dwarf kids

Klyde, our Mini Nubian buck



Pixie and her kid June Bug

Not quite ready for the stand

The boys dancing for dominance.


Here are some links to the facts:

The book that started it all...The Backyard Goat by Sue Weaver
-I picked up this book about 10 years ago and I read it about 10 times before we even started looking at buying a ranch.

Other books in my library:
Living with Goats by Margaret Hathaway
Raising Milk Goats Succesfully by Gail Luttmann

Natural Goat Care by Pat Coleby

Fias Co Farm is a great resource and has extensive information as well as great herbal remedies.