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


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

Friday, March 31, 2017


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


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

Wednesday, March 22, 2017


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

Tuesday, March 21, 2017


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

Monday, March 20, 2017


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.


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


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

Friday, March 3, 2017


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


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.


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.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

New truck

The Lambeaughini is dwarfed by her new big sister. #ram #dieselpower

Monday, February 20, 2017

Podcast Episode 6: Herding dogs! This week we talk about what makes our amazing border collies the hardest workers and most valuable tools on the farm.


This week we talk about our herding dogs. Herding dogs gather and move stock. They round up strays and stragglers and keep the flock together. Experts say that a good dog can do the work of 5 men but I'd say it is closer to 10. Herding dogs come in many shapes and sizes and have many different characteristics. Here on the ranch we have border collies so that is what we are going to talk about. 

In this episode we will talk all about Jinx and Jones, how they do what they do, how they are similar and different and how their puppies are developing into young herders too.




We used several references in this podcast to get the facts right and will post some links here if you'd like to learn more.

History of the Border Collie from The Border Collie Museum
Old Hemp from wikipedia
Herding Dogs: Progressive Training by Vergil S. Holland
Herding Dog Breeds from Cesar's Way

Saturday, February 18, 2017

The storm is over!

After several inches of rain there is finally a break in the clouds. This shot is from our weather station weathercam on Weather Underground.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Podcast Episode 5: Livestock Guardian Dogs

This week we discuss everything about our great protectors, the livestock guardian dogs that keep our stock safe from coyotes and mountain lions. Hear all about Ruckus, Rizzo, Nella and Cotton, our Anatolian Shepherds and Great Pyrenees.


Short Round and Frog get their first look at ducks. They are going to be great herders!

Friday, February 10, 2017


The old Massey is a little more sassy with this new attachment. We will be making mincemeat out of all the snake haven brush piles and creating an awesome oak mulch for all of out trees and gardens. We have a new "most dangerous thing" on the ranch.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Podcast Episode 4: What's Goin' on at the Ranch

This week we talk about the current status of the ranch and the things that are taking up the majority of our time. We discuss the orchard, lambing, pig and goat maintenance, and Christy's latest magic happening in the kitchen (complete with recipe here and video below).

Tuesday, January 31, 2017


Poppy had a little boy and a little girl today. We are over a dozen new lambs this season. #stcroixsheep #lambingseason

Monday, January 30, 2017


Rizzo's silent protest of her cone of shame. #Anatolianshepherds #livestockguardiandogs

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Podcast Episode 3: Farm Essentials, Watching Your Wallet "Buy the Farm"

"Bought the farm" is a common phrase to express a failed (originally military) operation where the person referred to dies. In this week's episode we discus this fate with your wallet as you start to acquire infrastructure and equipment to help get that new homestead up and running. We explain how to quickly drain your savings to the point of no return with trucks, trailers, tractors, atvs, fencing, water and shelter!

Friday, January 27, 2017

New ram

Say hello to "Jerusalem", our new registered St. Croix ram. Mike made a 650 mile round trip yesterday to Northern California to get him and listened to the audio book 'Salems Lot for the whole 13 hours. Hence, the name.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Another goes home

Another puppy goes home. These boys toss the frisbee for Jones all day long when they visit and now they have their very own frisbee dog. Leia will be giving these boys a workout!


Monday, January 23, 2017

2 more

A couple of brand new baby lambs have arrived! #stcroixsheep


Working on some slight driveway washout this morning. #whatdrought

Friday, January 20, 2017


We have a weather station up on the hill and this morning it is telling it like it is. #catsanddogs #readyforanotherdrought

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Podcast Episode 2: Mother Nature Strikes Back!

Welcome to Episode 2, where the (old) young homesteaders take on the (animal variety) locals in an epic battle for Larsen Mountain.
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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Head count

We were one short on the head count bringing the sheep in tonight and after a brief search discovered it was because Daisy had a pair of little ones who couldn't keep up. #lambingseason #ewevegottobekidding