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Tiny House

We have been following the “tiny house” movement for over 10 years. I remember reading somewhere about Jay Shafer’s home he built in order to live a little more reasonably and that struck a cord with me.

For us, intentionally sized homes make sense. Smaller spaces mean less possessions to manage and clean. Another concern of ours is energy consumption, smaller spaces use less energy.

A final attribute, and the most important, is the cost. We are strongly against debt! It is a tremendous burden to young families to have to deal with making payments. We believe that it is wiser to spend more time with your family and have less “material possessions” than the other way. Smaller spaces and affordable land offer this time to invest in your family.

Our goal is come up with a plan to offer young families or individuals, a way to have a mini-farm that is debt free with about seven years worth of savings. This is a much easier plan than the traditional 30-40 year payment plan which triples the amount you actually pay due to interest.

Our “tiny” home is 12’x32′. We built it at our old location and moved it to our new land in 2012. Our family of 5 finds it comfortable and cozy.  I built it myself with some help from my dad and some good friends. The entire build took about 3 months, working mostly part time.

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There are plenty of good resources on how to build these little homes. Here’s a couple to begin:

http://tinyhouseblog.com/

http://www.relaxshacks.blogspot.com/

Below is an interesting video on Dee Wiliams:

 

 

Nigerian Dwarf Goats

We have been breeding Nigerian Dwarf Goats for about 6 years now.  The more time I put into these little animals the more I think they are just perfect.  We have learned how to identify quality animals and where we want to go with our breeding program.  The best part is that our whole family gets to enjoy delicious, sweet milk year round.  We also make fresh cheese, sour cream, ice cream, butter, and yogurt.

A healthy Nigerian Dairy doe can produce a surprising amount of sweet milk for her small size – up to two quarts per day or more.  Raw goats milk is full of important nutrients.  There are over 50 nutrients, including the vitamins A, C, B1, B12, and E, minerals, enzymes, citric acid, amino acids, fatty acids, and unsaturated fatty acids.  Raw goats milk is digested in just 20 minutes rather than the 8 hours that it takes to digest cows milk.  Nigerians have the highest butterfat content of all the purebred dairy goats at 6% and even up to 10% with high quality animals.

Because of their small size (up to 23”) they do not require as much space or food as their larger dairy goat counterparts.  Their calm, even temperament and engaging personalities make them an extreme pleasure with to work.  In recent years, they are even being used as therapy animals.

A hearty breed, Nigerian goats kid with few problems. New babies average about 1-2 pounds at birth but grow very quickly. Nigerian goats are naturally good mothers, taking excellent care of their babies.  We always keep our babies with their mothers to be raised until weaning time.  We believe this is very important to the overall health of both mother and baby.

Nigerians are the perfect partners for natural, bio-dynamic gardening.  Because we raise our animals naturally, not giving them medications of any kind, their manure is like “black gold.”  We provide our animals with free choice access to high quality mineral supplements. These minerals are not always fully utilized, passing through in manure. Composting this manure in high heat (over 150 degrees F) kills any potential pathogens as well as any weed seeds that may have survived the digestive processes.  This compost, along with cover crops, encompasses our entire soil fertility program. Sustainable, chemical-free practices increase the soil health while reducing weeds, pests and disease.

Therefore, overall the Nigerian Dwarf goat has been a source of great enjoyment with the benefits of rich, sweet milk and increased garden health and productivity.

If you ever have any questions about these wonderful, animals please feel free to contact us or any other reputable breeder.  We always love to talk “goats.”

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Farm Update

Now that we have been on our new land for over 6 months we are really starting to feel “settled in.”  Our focus is now on planting and garden expansion rather than “where should we put this?”  It’s great to have spring just around the corner with warm weather on its way.  There is an excitement in the air and we are ready to get on with our future!

Jerry was able to attend this year’s week long  “grain school” at Native Seed/SEARCH in Tucson, AZ.  It was an amazing experience; there was a wealth of knowledge that was shared throughout the week.  Jerry and I have had a passion for some time now about ancient grains, especially wheat.  After the “grain school”, we were certainly not going to pass up the chance to plant the White Sonoran Wheat that Native Seed/SEARCH provided us.  This wonderful native, ancient wheat is “soft” wheat that makes beautiful artisan breads as well as large, delicious flour tortillas. Its sustainable dry-land production was even once responsible for making the Gila River Valley and Central Valley the breadbaskets of the West.  We hope to in the future to be able to provide a consistent source of this rarely used wheat to our community.