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4/14/2012
How to use herbs on goats, blends, suggestions, and tips.
2/1/2012
An introduction from a goat-crazy Oregonian.
8/6/2012
Jessica Kellner, editor of Natural Home and Garden Magazine, shares three pregnancy skin care products that will help prevent stretch marks and keep your baby belly soft and smooth.
1/18/2012
Janice Spaulding teaches goat husbandry both at her farm in Maine, and around the country with her "Goat School."
4/23/2013
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?
4/17/2014
Echinacea tincture is easy to make. Getting through the psychological inertia might be the hard part of the process.
5/23/2013
Submit your goat stories for possible book publication.
2/19/2014
This video of goats playing shows how simple it is to keep your goat herd entertained.
5/11/2012
An all-day adventure to the Oregon Megabucks show!
5/8/2013
There is no “one size fits all” bunch of information that works every time in every location, every person, and for every goat.
5/29/2013
"Garbage in, garbage out," is as true to goat nutrition as it is to the computer world and more folks should take heed!
7/12/2013
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.
11/20/2013
The goat herder extraordinaire, Annie Warmke, talks about the care of breeding bucks, and a life in the day of a goat herder.
7/31/2013
From the moment of realization that the world of healing herbs was calling Susanna Raeven, to herfirst herbal class, to running a small-scale herb farm that grows medicinal herbs with organic methods, to creating artisan herbal products, and finally to working with clients to help them find balance in their lives with the generous support of the plant kingdom, the journey has been quite a ride with many joyous moments, but also doubts, insecurities, and cloudy days.
4/1/2011
From a little-known sugar substitute to a conversation-starting book, this list of items for the green kitchen contains a few surprises.
5/28/2012
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!
6/13/2013
One of STIHL’s many battery powered tools could make a perfect gift for dad this Father’s Day.
6/14/2013
Scotts Miracle-Gro now phosphorous-free in market leading Turf Builder product.
3/22/2013
Bastyr University is pleased to announce it has partnered with Seattle-based Choice Organic Teas to develop and launch a new line of flavorful, certified organic Wellness Teas. This marks the first time the University has lent its name on a consumer product.
10/17/2011
Actor Carel Struycken is famous for his role as Lurch in Addams Family, as well as many other roles. He is also a big proponent of permaculture. Nyerges talks with Struycken at his Pasadena home about permaculture and sustainable farming.
1/25/2012
Traveling with Goat School on the Road, and learning all about newborn kid hoofs.
1/31/2012
Kidding is quite a process! This blog covers the very first signs of impending birth.
2/10/2012
A look into each dairy breed, on how much milk each one averages and what to expect in taste.
2/16/2012
What to look for in a buck, and how to choose a herdsire.
2/29/2012
The second part to choosing a herdsire for the dairy goat herd.
3/12/2012
The third and last part in choosing a herdsire.
3/15/2012
Chad Gadya. Not just a Jewish song anymore, but now the future name of Goat Song Farm's herdsire.
4/4/2012
No babies yet, so a few anecdotes about Angora kidding,labor
6/1/2012
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.
6/22/2012
Goat School needs a class room, visit our Kickstarter project and enjoy our video of Goat School!
7/19/2012
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.
1/13/2014
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.
9/19/2012
Autumn is very busy at Stony Knolls Farm between the Common Ground Fair and Fall Goat School!
12/17/2013
The Yule Goat is an ancient Scandinavian tradition which predates Christianity. Learn about how our oldest farm animal became the symbol of Christmas.
9/9/2010
Looking for a way to boost your immune system naturally as the colder months settle in? Enter our latest sweepstakes to win immune-enhancing herbal products from Mountain Rose Herbs!
12/30/2013
The discovery of an uncommon remedy for blood poisoning in my pantry.
8/15/2008
The editor of Herbs for Health magazine offers practical advice about some herbs and simple techniques gthat can help you sleep better.
5/27/2010
It’s time for lawn and garden work. In your opinion, which is the best garden tractor? Which tractor will you be using this year?
5/16/2013
I made body cream for Mother’s Day presents for my family.
1/17/2014
Help keep cages and water sources clean with Solway Feeder's horizontal watering nipples.
10/27/2008
Check out Annie B. Bond's list of 11 easy tips for making your kitchen more healthy and safe, from Care2.
9/13/2011
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.
3/11/2013
Angora Goats are not the easiest of the breeds to raise, however, even though the work can be intensive, the rewards are incredible!
5/3/2013
Sometimes what starts out as a cold or flu develops into a deep bronchial cough that just won’t go away. These natural treatments can help you heal your bronchitis without antibiotics.
6/27/2013
You don’t have to endure persistent fatigue. Use two stress-busting herbal remedies, Rhodiola and Ashwagandha, as part of your adrenal fatigue treatment program.
12/13/2013
Most health problems we face in our lives are minor annoyances. It's time we cut out the expensive middle man and grow our own delicious tasting medicine to treat them.
7/15/2008
An experienced homesteader discusses the pros and cons of one family keeping either a cow or a goat for their milk supply.
8/12/2013
Goat School will be traveling to British Columbia and then to Ohio in September.
2/6/2012
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.
2/12/2012
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.
2/26/2012
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.
3/2/2012
The babies have arrived, now is the time to take care of all of the other parts of caring for the newborns!
3/23/2012
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.
3/26/2012
The newest member at Goat Song Farm: A 3 week old, purebred Nubian doeling named 'Rose Of Summer'.
4/16/2012
The kids have finally arrived, and we have plenty of photos of them!
5/1/2012
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.
5/15/2012
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.
6/14/2012
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.
8/30/2012
Milking is a fun and easy chore! Here are some hints on milking in an easy fashion.
1/24/2013
The Grasshopper company has introduced the new Model 8HT PowerVac vacuum collector.
11/14/2008
Not feeling so hot? Time magazine offers 10 things to consider before your next visit to the doctor.
5/1/2009
Make you own inexpensive, pampering - and edible - homemade face mask with this simple recipe. Enjoy!
10/13/2008
New EPA regulations require 35 percent reduced emissions from lawn-care equipment by 2011.
4/11/2014
Exmark’s “Transitioning Mower Fleets to Propane” provides a road map for landscape professionals.
4/16/2014
Husqvarna adds 3 all-wheel drive walk mower models to offer high quality options for any budget.
2/9/2012
Jessica expounds on the concept of cures in your cupboard with a few natural remedies for anxiety, general wellness, headache and menstruation/menopause.  
2/25/2011
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.
12/23/2013
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.
3/14/2012
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.
10/30/2013
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.
3/19/2014
How to make cajeta, Mexican-style goat's milk caramel.
4/8/2014
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.
7/8/2009
Try this refreshing herbal lemonade recipe.
12/29/2010
The Mayo Clinic Book of Home Remedies offers scientific backing to herbal and natural medicine.
12/30/2013
With so many good things that plants do in our life, would it be so bad to stop and appreciate them?
1/15/2014
Fenugreek has been indicated in some historical texts as being used for inflammation of the stomach and digestive tract, too. It is said to be the oldest recorded herb found so far. When you couple this flower with another common flower, Thyme, there isn’t a swollen sinus passage that stands a chance!
6/6/2008
Try this expert advice to keep goats from getting out of the pasture.
2/16/2006
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.  
2/7/2014
The joys and heartaches that can come with kidding season are a part of life on a goat farm.
1/8/2014
How to prepare for a successful kidding season.
3/14/2014
Preparing for kidding time is always crazy, and sometimes things never go the way you planned.
6/14/2013
My experiences with a reel lawn mower in a small urban neighborhood.
6/26/2013
Over the years, we’ve had many experiences with injured and sick chickens. Sometimes the birds have pulled through, sometimes they have not.Such is truly the way of life.
7/10/2012
Tips on how to compost, what is composting and reasons why you should compost.
1/31/2014
KIOTI tractor company realizes significant growth in North American markets.
5/5/2011
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.
6/17/2011
Cam babysits a baby goat for the weekend.
7/22/2013
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.
8/5/2013
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.
4/15/2011
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!
10/30/2013
A dairy goat owner chronicles the frustrating beginning of her first breeding season.
11/25/2013
Follow Sarah Cuthill's search for a dairy mentor and her very first experience milking a goat.
11/16/2013
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.
12/11/2013
Goats will get into and out of everything. Some thoughts on why you need to keep your feed secured.
1/20/2014
When the temperature drops below zero Fahrenheit, you have to keep an eye on your goats.
1/23/2014
More goat babies and finding ideas to make money on a farm.
4/2/2014
When it rains, it pours, when it comes to kidding goats.
4/14/2014
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...
12/16/2013
Safely bring a new goat herd home and getting them used to you and their new surroundings.
6/9/2011
Sweet Iced Tea is a delicious Southern tradition, but store-bought concoctions are often full of high fructose corn syrup and other nasties. This recipe incorporates fresh herbs, which add natural sweetness and help knock down the sugar content.
2/15/2011
Unlike most poultry and chicken electrolyte products on the market today that treat hundreds of birds, Sav-A-Chick™ is ideal for casual poultry raisers with 1 – 10 birds.
7/9/2008
Wise sprinkler usage will conserve water while maintaining your attractive lawn.
10/22/2012
How to make your own homemade deodorant that really works!
5/21/2009
Many beauty products contain harmful chemicals, but figuring out which are the worst can be difficult. Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence clues you in to the top five chemical ingredients to avoid when buying summer skin care products, and helps you learn about a few natural alternatives. 
7/19/2013
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.
8/13/2012
Tips on how to prevent soil compaction on your lawn and reduce water pollution!
9/9/2010
A little pampering can go a long way in making you feel rested, cared for and treated — and it doesn’t have to be expensive or involve complex chemistry. Check out this recipe for homemade bubble bath, and share your tips for creating a do-it-yourself home spa experience.
5/30/2013
Kick toxic chemicals to the curb and make your own natural lotion using just a few ingredients. Making homemade lotion is an easy, fun and creative process.
2/24/2014
Fleas and ticks can bring severe itching, allergic reactions, discomfort, and even serious diseases (such as lyme disease) to your pets, so it’s important to protect your pets from them. However, studies have found that many common flea and tick control/treatment products aren’t just toxic to those bugs; they can actually poison your pets, as well. Find out which ingredients and products to avoid, and some safer alternatives to use.
1/17/2012
USDA-organic personal care line now styled after Dr. Bronner’s iconic castile soap label.
6/18/2009
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.
8/5/2012
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.
12/11/2012
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!
1/17/2012
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.
10/22/2013
Author Maggie Bonham recounts the various ways she's managed to obtain free goats, including Craigslist ads and trading for chickens.
11/12/2013
A chemical-free way to keep goats' teats clean and the milk pure.
10/21/2013
A new homesteader commits some classic mistakes when buying her first goat.
2/7/2014
21 things you should know or wish you had known before starting a goat farm.
3/10/2014
Hints for kidding in the very cold weather.
3/17/2014
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.
6/5/2011
Keep your pets from licking off herbal ointments by adding a pinch of cayenne.
9/25/2011
Learn how to make an herbal tincture with The Herb Companion team at the Mother Earth News Fair.
2/14/2011
The sweet smell and healing properties of bay, eucalyptus and ginger will make your sweetheart's Valentine's Day massage memorable.
6/9/2011
Sangria is the perfect summertime libation for a thirsty crowd. Fresh fruits and herbs combine with wine and liqueur for a colorful, festive "punch" that packs a punch.
10/6/2011
Fifteen family farms and over 50 restaurants have committed to participation in No Goat Left Behind, a new program developed by Heritage Foods USA.
2/26/2011
How we prepared and ate all the meat of the goat Caleb raised and butchered.
9/14/2011
Rachel gets a scare with Daisy the goat - is it bottle jaw or something else? A trip to the vet provides some lessons.
2/17/2012
According to the Natural Products Association, the NPA Natural Standard is based on natural ingredients, safety, responsibility and sustainability.
1/16/2012
Adult dogs need a little help to compete with pups in the adoption game. A spa date with a groomer or in your own back yard can give that older shelter dog more than a shiny coat. It can open the door to a new life.
2/10/2012
Timidity nearly doomed Johnny to a life sentence in the rescue kennel until one determined family saw through his issues to the dog he was meant to be.
5/21/2009
A new federal tax on soda and other sugary beverages has been suggested as a way to pay for part of the major overhaul of the U.S. health-care system proposed by the Obama administration. What do you think of the proposed soda tax?
8/2/2011
Steve offers a few thoughts on line trimmers and brush cutters.
6/24/2009
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.
10/5/2011
Learn from the trials and tribulations of a beginning dairy goat owner!
10/24/2011
Even dairy goats can have self-esteem issues...
2/19/2012
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.
6/11/2012
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.
7/12/2012
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.
10/11/2012
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.
10/23/2012
At breeding time, things aren't always what they seem. Sometimes things can really go awry!
10/30/2012
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.
1/9/2013
HOMEGROWN Life blogger Dyan recalls how the seasons affected her childhood and how they guide her activities now on her Maine dairy farm.
2/18/2013
A beginning farmer learns that keeping does and keeping bucks are two different things.
8/16/2013
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.
8/28/2013
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.
12/17/2013
A homesteading family undertakes Extreme Home Makeover: Goat Edition at the possible expense of their sanity.
1/1/0001
Raising dairy goats has benefits that extend beyond fresh milk and cheese.
12/26/2013
Describes the heartache that can come of now observing and working with nature when raising goats.
12/30/2013
After a rocky start, the second half of breeding season ends happily for both goats and owners.
1/28/2014
How to make a cheap hay feeder for goats that cuts down on wasted hay.
12/10/2013
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.
3/3/2014
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.
3/25/2011
Treat your cat to fresh spring herbs when you whip up this healthy homemade kitty food.
9/26/2012
Therapeutic grade essential oils have a tonne of uses on the homestead - here's how we've used them effectively, and how they bring us peace of mind.
1/23/2012
Fostering can help overcome an unexpected side effect of life in a rescue kennel---obesity.
2/5/2013
Tail Docking of dairy cows serves no purpose and causes pain and discomfort for the cows.
12/28/2012
Many readers can't say no to spouses, children, bosses, and so on. To please and care for others, we often sacrifice ourselves, working long hours, exhausting our energy. There is a cure. It's a two-letter word that starts with n. Try it.
4/24/2013
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.
12/20/2012
Learn details regarding winter chicken care including ventilation for a cozy chicken house, heat for baby and grown chicks, and recommended poultry books.
10/10/2011
Learn from the trials and tribulations of a beginning dairy goat owner.
10/24/2011
Rachel and her husband committed to a year without groceries, and they made it! She shares her experiences in local food in this post.
1/4/2012
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!
2/10/2012
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
5/4/2012
A beginning farmer makes the most practical fencing choice available to her: electric nets. And gets tangled up, occasionally.
1/14/2013
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.
6/4/2011
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
2/3/2011
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.  
12/23/2010
Simran Sethi explains how the green faith movement can provide common ground among different groups.
11/10/2011
Leaves are a valuable source of mulch and fertility within the permaculture garden.
9/27/2012
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.


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