There are so many different “types” of goats! My last post was all about Angora goats and their fiber; this post will be about the meat aspect of goats. So what makes a goat a meat goat?
There is no “one size fits all” bunch of information that works every time in every location, every person, and for every goat.
"Garbage in, garbage out," is as true to goat nutrition as it is to the computer world and more folks should take heed!
Maine and Minnesota Goat Schools are over, and a great time was had by all; Janice Spaulding recaps the events and prepares for the next one is in Ohio in September.
Getting ready for Goat School is always a daunting task, but once all of our new friends start arriving, we get excited! What a great time learning all about goats!
Goat School will be traveling to British Columbia and then to Ohio in September.
Goat School needs a class room, visit our Kickstarter project and enjoy our video of Goat School!
Traveling with Goat School on the Road, and learning all about newborn kid hoofs.
Kidding is quite a process! This blog covers the very first signs of impending birth.
No babies yet, so a few anecdotes about Angora kidding,labor
Autumn is very busy at Stony Knolls Farm between the Common Ground Fair and Fall Goat School!
Milking is a fun and easy chore! Here are some hints on milking in an easy fashion.
Goat School is over for a few months, and now the routine will be a little more normal! Great questions were asked at Goat School and some of those answers are shared.
Baby kids do not always present in the correct position when descending the birth canal. Learn about the different positions and how to handle them.
Be prepared for kidding season! Set up your kidding kit ahead of time. This information will help you have the right equipment at your fingertips.
The babies have arrived, now is the time to take care of all of the other parts of caring for the newborns!
Why raw milk? Why goat milk? Things to consider for good health and nutrition for you family. Also a trick to get stubborn kids to nurse from a bottle.
Spring clean up on the farm doesn't only include cleaning fallen branches, but cleaning up the goats too! Getting ready for kidding and making sure the goats are all set is our most important spring task.
Horns or no horns, that is the question! Why should you disbud your goats, or is it okay to leave the horns on? This post discusses both options with a link to a great article about horns and their beauty.
The kids have finally arrived, and we have plenty of photos of them!
After the kidding is over, we take good care of our girls! And, the babies need to be bottle fed, so here are the instructions on how we feed our kids.
Springtime brings cleaning up from the winter, starting a new garden and finishing up home-school work.
Whole Foods has teamed up with Chef Ann Cooper to create The Lunch Box, an online resource that encourages schools to make meals healthy again.
Find recommendations from a teacher for books to introduce and teach counting to your kids. These books could be especially useful as home-school lessons.
The USGBC’s “50 for 50” green schools initiative aims to create a green schools caucus in every state legislature.
Robert Zwald talks about his days in a one room school house, learning with all eight grades at once. This is part four of eight in Robert Zwald's stories, as compiled by his daughter, Ruth.
Janice Spaulding teaches goat husbandry both at her farm in Maine, and around the country with her "Goat School."
Mayors from across the country have created an alliance to facilitate green buildings for K-12 schools.
These kids just won’t quit! Jumping up and standing on horses is one sure way for goats to get up higher than the rest.
This video of goats playing shows how simple it is to keep your goat herd entertained.
Submit your goat stories for possible book publication.
How to use herbs on goats, blends, suggestions, and tips.
An all-day adventure to the Oregon Megabucks show!
The goat herder extraordinaire, Annie Warmke, talks about the care of breeding bucks, and a life in the day of a goat herder.
Homeschool Moms for Moms is a safe place where moms are welcome to post photos of their children’s portfolios, work, crafts, artwork, and learning environments.
Three-hundred colleges and universities have been graded on their commitment to environmentalism. Did your alma mater make the Green Grade?
The Sierra Club’s top 100 greenest colleges and universities carve a clean energy future—students demand it.
ForestryDegree.net provides a searchable database for people interested in forestry.
For the first time, acclaimed Not So Big House author and architect brings quality-over-quality design to a residential development.
Send your children to school on foot or by bike on Oct. 9, 2013 to celebrate National Walk to School Day.
In wake of slow federal action, Boulder, Colorado, parents make a grassroots push for healthy, nutritious school lunches.
A look into each dairy breed, on how much milk each one averages and what to expect in taste.
HOMEGROWN Life blogger and Maine dairy farmer Dyan Redick gets through winter — and goat breeding — by taking a page from her herd and sticking together.
What to look for in a buck, and how to choose a herdsire.
The third and last part in choosing a herdsire.
The second part to choosing a herdsire for the dairy goat herd.
Chad Gadya. Not just a Jewish song anymore, but now the future name of Goat Song Farm's herdsire.
The summer days are getting longer, and so is the list of barn chores! Goats are kidding, cows are arriving, and a dream of having a raw milk dairy is becoming tangible.
Overdue does, goats with bloody milk, harried milkmaids... Oh where does it end?! Life isn't ALWAYS roses in the goat life; sometimes it does leave you tired frustrated.
Includes a list of 21 must-have medical supplies a goat farm should never be without and a list of some nice to haves we have at Serenity Acres Farm.
The Yule Goat is an ancient Scandinavian tradition which predates Christianity. Learn about how our oldest farm animal became the symbol of Christmas.
One woman's journey from life in urban America to a small town in Austria, then back to a suburban homestead in Dallas on which she tries her hand at keeping dairy goats.
The Child Nutrition Act will improve school lunches. Readers share homemade school lunch ideas.
Sign up for classes at the John C. Campbell Folk School and relive your childhood-camp experiences.
Parents and educators will find this new book helpful in education and efforts to reduce the harmful exhaust emissions children breathe on school buses.
Volunteers work to start the Sunset Hill Elementary School Garden in Lawrence, Kan.
Parents share stories about getting better food into school lunches.
Angora Goats are not the easiest of the breeds to raise, however, even though the work can be intensive, the rewards are incredible!
An experienced homesteader discusses the pros and cons of one family keeping either a cow or a goat for their milk supply.
The newest member at Goat Song Farm: A 3 week old, purebred Nubian doeling named 'Rose Of Summer'.
The tale of Carlotta's last day. A trip to the processor. Real happenings on a goat farm, it's not always lollipops and rainbows.
A Danish study has found that concentration improves among students who bicycle or walk to school.
Celebrate harvest season by helping bring local food onto kid's lunch trays at schools across the country during Farm to School Month.
Walking to school promotes healthy living among young people.
The National Bike to School Day aims to promote safer routes to school, cleaner air and active transportation. Find out how to get involved in your community.
Walking School Buses make a big impact by improving health, building community and filling in where school budgets fall short.
Dairy goat farmer Julia Shewchuck learned a lot about keeping dairy goats in her first few months (and much more since). It was a learning curve too steep to be repeated willingly, but which has saved many other goats’ lives since.
Spending the time to get to your goats is more important than you may think
Sherry’s son worked hard to raise a goat. Read how he, with the help of family and friends, butchered and prepared the meat for a homegrown Chevron treat.
Here are 12 simple tips that will help you to fight the war on worms and coccidia in goats.
When you have goats, you need to do something with all that milk. Why not try making Queso Blanco, an easy cheese which tastes great and cooks well.
How to make cajeta, Mexican-style goat's milk caramel.
Made from creamy chevre (fresh goat cheese) instead of the typical cream cheese, this surprising cheesecake is sure to please cheese lovers and dessert lovers alike.
Preparing for kidding time is always crazy, and sometimes things never go the way you planned.
How to prepare for a successful kidding season.
The joys and heartaches that can come with kidding season are a part of life on a goat farm.
Try this expert advice to keep goats from getting out of the pasture.
Of all the baby animals born on the farm — the chicks, lambs, puppies, calves — the goat kids are in a class of their own. Racing, playing, causing mischief, find out what makes kids so much fun and so invigorating to watch.
Local farmers lease Amherst College land to provide for the school’s dining hall.
Headed back to school? Protect air quality, save energy and recycle for a healthier, greener school year.
An introduction to the North House Folk School.
California’s Kings Canyon school district recently debuted a new electric bus that will cut diesel emissions and help student health.
Shouldn't our kids' lunches be determined by nutritional value, not special interests?
First time farmers plan for the growing season and lambing.
School gardens play a vital role in our nations educational systems. Though the concept dates back to the 1800s, their role has gained popularity in the last 20 years, and for good reasons.
Tips on how to improve air quality while driving your kids to school.
There are some questions worth exploring, find out if there is a BEST way to clean your goat's udder before milking.
Ilene White Freedman contemplates sharing goat milk with the nursing kid.
An introduction from a goat-crazy Oregonian.
Our little farm received the USDA Value Added Producer Grant and we are embarking on an exciting future. Be with us from start to finish.
In the year of the goat we must compare the personalities and characteristics of goat people with goats.
Ditch unhealthy school lunches with a fresh lunch idea for kids: school gardens. Beyond putting fresh, healthy food in schools, cafeteria gardens are a great classroom tool and a big step towards more sustainable schools.
HOMEGROWN Life blogger and Bay Area homesteader Rachel recounts how she went from half-hearted to full-breed-ahead when it comes to breeding goats.
HOMEGROWN Life blogger and Maine dairy farmer Dyan Redick honors the determination of women farmers, even as she observes a bittersweet month on her farm.
A dairy goat owner chronicles the frustrating beginning of her first breeding season.
Follow Sarah Cuthill's search for a dairy mentor and her very first experience milking a goat.
Owning an intact male goat can be difficult, even if you know about their little idiosyncrasies. Learn about (and laugh at) one goat owner's attempt at doing something simple, like switching female goats in a buck pen.
Goats will get into and out of everything. Some thoughts on why you need to keep your feed secured.
More goat babies and finding ideas to make money on a farm.
When the temperature drops below zero Fahrenheit, you have to keep an eye on your goats.
If you have dairy goats and plan on getting milk, inevitably you have to deal with difficult kiddings. Most of the time, you walk in the barn and there’s mom and her kids staring at you, all dripping from birth slime. To be honest, that’s how I like it. All I have to do is dry the kids, tie off the umbilical cord, and dip it in iodine.
Do you know where your Goat is NOW? A quick overview over fencing materials, fencing type, fencing do's and don'ts.
When you have too many bucklings, you need to neuter or wether if you're going to keep them. Here's how I do it.
Since Lulu and Belle had their kids, I'm now waiting on three more does to have their babies. Only, they aren't. So here is how the experts claim you can discover if your goat is going to kid. Only, it's really wishful thinking...
When it rains, it pours, when it comes to kidding goats.
Play on the farm in this week’s Photo of the Week. Remember to submit your own pictures, and you could be the next Photo of the Week!
Confrontation with life and death situations are unavoidable when living on a farm. Seeing baby animals come into the world is beautiful, but sometimes these beautiful moments can be full of anxiety if things aren't going just right.
Cam babysits a baby goat for the weekend.
A mysterious "ailment" brings our first frost to the goat pen.
Safely bring a new goat herd home and getting them used to you and their new surroundings.
Fresh peaches and creamy goat cheese unite in the perfect summer sandwich.
Ilene White Freedman starts her cheesemaking trials with an aged pressed cheddar cheese with goat's milk from the farm.
There are some things that you just aren’t going to wash very often, like your curtains, couch cushions, and probably even your favorite jeans. To spare the air, concoct a simple essential oil-infused linen spray, and spritz away until your definition of what “clean” smells like shifts permanently.
Store-bought deoderants contain aluminum and other harmful substances that find their way into your bloodstream. Try this recipe for natural homemade deodorant that uses baking soda with coconut oil and essential oil to create a effective and safe alternative.
Resist popping tabs this season and get familiar with the ultimate cola cure: soda syrups made from fresh fruits and herbs.
HOMEGROWN Life blogger and Pennsylvania homesteading mama Michelle shares a few strategies and suggestions for healthier school lunches.
A would-be farmer finds chills and perspective during a long winter on the farm.
I’ll let you in on a little secret; there is no PERFECT knife. Cutting tools are only as effective as the handler wielding them.
Schools and cities all around the U.S. are using abandoned rail corridors to encourage foot and bike transportation in their communities.
Grow Where You Are is a social enterprise focusing on assisting communities in creating local food abundance systems. After creating small-scale urban food systems nationally and internationally for over 15 years, we see that even the most effective systems can be easily dismantled without land security. We propose supporting local growers in a transition to home ownership with a dynamic web of community partnership.
Author Maggie Bonham recounts the various ways she's managed to obtain free goats, including Craigslist ads and trading for chickens.
A chemical-free way to keep goats' teats clean and the milk pure.
A new homesteader commits some classic mistakes when buying her first goat.
21 things you should know or wish you had known before starting a goat farm.
One of the most exciting facets of raising goats is when kids are born on your farm. Knowing how to prepare for the grand event makes for a smoother and more successful kidding process.
Hints for kidding in the very cold weather.
HOMEGROWN.org blogger and Bay Area homesteader Rachel of Dog Island Farm says keeping animals in the garden improves her soil and fights weeds and pests.
Jenna gets a pack goat to help carry gear for hiking trips. Share her experience of buying a buck kid and raising him to be a pack goat.
There are some goats you don't want, no matter if the price is right. In this case, the goat was free.
The Africans showed up at our door on a sunny, chilly November afternoon. Two men introduced themselves as Stone and Abraham. In the background stood a young woman with a gregarious little boy, Henry, about 2 years old. They were looking for goats.
Why keep a buck? Because they are wonderful, friendly, lovable creatures! Here are all the reasons why having bucks on your property is a good thing.
Often time choosing the right name for your kids is the most difficult part of kidding! Here is a little help on picking out names that are appropriate!
So, while I’m making mead, tanning skins and staring out at the weird weather, two of my pregnant goat does are having a race to see who will deliver first.
Fifteen family farms and over 50 restaurants have committed to participation in No Goat Left Behind, a new program developed by Heritage Foods USA.
Rachel gets a scare with Daisy the goat - is it bottle jaw or something else? A trip to the vet provides some lessons.
How we prepared and ate all the meat of the goat Caleb raised and butchered.
At breeding time, things aren't always what they seem. Sometimes things can really go awry!
The cold, hard facts about how Annie Warmke, goat herder extraordinnaire, found her calling in a barn with Eleonore Rigby and her two tiny kids.
Who would think it’s possible to discover the artist in me, incubate a business, plus milk goats, grow a garden...all in one unforgettable summer. I'm a rich woman by any standard.
A homesteading family undertakes Extreme Home Makeover: Goat Edition at the possible expense of their sanity.
Raising dairy goats has benefits that extend beyond fresh milk and cheese.
This series of posts chronicles Betty Taylor's adventures in goat farming. This first post covers selecting a goat breed and breeder, costs, and preparing for arrival of my goats.
The blog describes the experience of applying for a federal grant and shares some advice for others who might want to follow in those foot steps.
Describes the heartache that can come of now observing and working with nature when raising goats.
After a rocky start, the second half of breeding season ends happily for both goats and owners.
How to make a cheap hay feeder for goats that cuts down on wasted hay.
Ilene White Freedman’s goat is in labor, reminding Ilene of her own natural childbirth experiences.
One woman's vision of a family farm comes to life in her back yard thanks to one friendly goat.
A beginning farmer learns that keeping does and keeping bucks are two different things.
Learn from the trials and tribulations of a beginning dairy goat owner!
A basic overview of why shelter and bedding are must haves for your goat operation. Also, some of our personal experience with a few options.
Homegrown.org blogger Dyan Redick of Bittersweet Farm honors - and helps keep alive - the legacy of fellow Maine goat herdswoman Pixie Day.
Life with goats, sheep, cows, chickens and other livestock isn't all roses. Publisher Bryan Welch considers the value of finding and keeping the right partner for tackling life on the farm, goose poop and all.
So, yes, I have become a lover of goats (and ducks have won me over, too). But the truth is, I can’t wait to eat the boys.
Hand milking and the ease of doing so, always lends itself to many questions. I try to answer some of the most commonly asked questions in this post.
HOMEGROWN Life blogger Dyan recalls how the seasons affected her childhood and how they guide her activities now on her Maine dairy farm.
Dyan writes about the changing season at Bittersweet Farm, and introduces us to the newest member of the flock, a black sheep named Little Man.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned in my short time of being a goat herder, it’s that at breeding time, the goats are in charge.
Stony Knolls Farm has a new dog and getting him here was a wonderful, and amazing journey that is well worth sharing! Rescue dogs are so grateful for their new homes.
Even dairy goats can have self-esteem issues...
Vegetables such as carrots, sweet potatoes and winter squash are easy to grow and provide healthy supplemental nutrition for working goats.
Hospitals traditionally are famous for their terrible food. A recent experience shows it has not changed much.
What’s with glycerin? It’s a soap-making byproduct with antibacterial properties, but it’s often made with animal fat derivatives, which isn’t really our thing. So, we figured out how to make our own veggie version with coconut oil, opening up a whole world of kitchen pantry beauty concoctions.
The defeat of Congressman Jim Oberstar wasn't just a blow to Minnesota. It was a loss for everyone who bikes and walks.
The Sustainable Poultry Network and Western Piedmont Community College have combined forces to create the American School of Sustainable Poultry Husbandry, an intensive poultry workshop for anyone interested in poultry production, marketing, breeding, hatching, cooking, etc.
Learn from the trials and tribulations of a beginning dairy goat owner.
Rachel and her husband committed to a year without groceries, and they made it! She shares her experiences in local food in this post.
Farm life is not always predictable, and some of the surprises turn out to be the most valuable lessons. This story from the ranch about some strong winter-born goats, a protective cow with motherly instincts, and a calf that’s making it against all odds will not only inspire you, but it may teach you something about the wonderful spirit of community support.
I am loving my time spent at the Mother Earth News Fair in Puyallup, Washington thus far. There are tons of great and interesting people to meet, delicious food, fun and information-packed lectures and demonstrations, and, best of all, adorable anima
Keeping goats inside during nasty weather isn't easy, but it's worth the time! Dealing with sick goats, fever and runny noses isn't fun, so taking precautions makes things much easier.
This fall, while the chickens were still living with the goats, we had decided to fence off the leg and seed it with pasture seed. I wasn't sure if we should seed it for the chickens or for the goats. After doing some research we ended up going with
A beginning farmer makes the most practical fencing choice available to her: electric nets. And gets tangled up, occasionally.
When one of her goats starts looking for love for the first time, and hollering her little head off, Angela has to do some quick thinking to keep her precious pets from becoming that night's dinner!
Check out this roundup of 10 favorite sustainable gifts for the gardeners on your list — all under $50!
Steve Judge of Bob-White Systems in Vermont offers his Micro Dairy expertise in this blog series on how to start and manage a Micro Dairy, from farm and barn planning to selecting dairy cows, goats and sheep to daily operations and being profitable.