Monthly Archives: May 2008

Disbudding the Goat

May 28, 2008
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Disbudding the Goat

Unfortunately, we didn’t get any pictures of the actual disbudding process.  With milking our goats and small children handling the goats, we prefer having them (the goats) with out horns, so we decided to have our friend come over and show us how to disbud our week old baby Alpine goat.  It included putting the baby into a…

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…and the winner is

May 26, 2008
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… the e-mail envelope please…  Whew, we barely made it in on time. The Winner  Congratulations to Mrs. Pear the winner of the Genevan Foundation CD Give away!  Mrs. Pear has already been contacted off list and will receive her free copy of these delightful new CD’s from the Serven Family. Do not dispair if you were…

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Big Oil, Big Government, Big Profits, Big Contributions, and Big Tax Cuts

May 22, 2008
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Big Oil, Big Government, Big Profits, Big Contributions, and Big Tax Cuts

Birds of a feather flock together.  In this case the birds are those big ugly oil soaked birds that are displayed to provoke anger at the big oil companies when there is an oil spill.  So I am following the media’s lead on this and using those same pictures to represent the slimy greedy symbiotic relationship…

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The Goat’s Milk Myth

May 21, 2008
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The Goat’s Milk Myth

I took my first sip of our goat’s milk not too long ago— very cautiously.  We have heard bad stories about how horrible goat’s milk is…it’s goaty, tastes gamey, you won’t like it… However, I was pleasantly surprised that the goat’s milk we have been getting was far from the stories we have been told!  Maybe…

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The First Fruits From the Garden

May 21, 2008
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The First Fruits From the Garden

We enjoyed a meal last week with fresh broccoli and cauliflower from the garden along with some of our farm raised pork.  Not any great quantities of broccoli or cauliflower yet…but a simple start.

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Putting Bulk Foods to Use

May 16, 2008
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Putting Bulk Foods to Use

I am still learning the art of how to put bulk foods to use, store them and how to calculate how much I need.  As I get into buying bulk quantities of staple foods, I wonder why I didn’t figure this out earlier.  Though the prices of things like grain, oats and rice are skyrocketing,…

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Managing Crooked Rows and Weeds

May 9, 2008
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Managing Crooked Rows and Weeds

We have been busily working around here on the farm trying to plant our garden.  With me being 9 months pregnant, I am not gardening….I am trying my hand at managing.  It has given us a wonderful opportunity to delegate tasks to the children and stretch them beyond what they were doing last year.  And for…

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Milk Nazis Fine Farmer $4,000

May 6, 2008
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“This is a sustainable economy being born, and the government is trying to squash it. That’s what’s at stake here,”  wnd.com It seems to me, that a government who prints extra money for it’s citizens to “stimulate” its economy is afraid of any competition.  The idea of a sustainable economy is appealing when folks are…

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More Fresh Milk…From Our Dairy Goats

May 6, 2008
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More Fresh Milk…From Our Dairy Goats

Having fresh milk has been one of the most rewarding farm experiences over this last year.  We started last year with milking our cow, Bonnie.   We also have several dairy goats.  One of the business ideas my daughter is pursuing is raising milk goats and selling them to other families who would like to have their own supply of…

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The Milk Nazis Are Coming…

May 5, 2008
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The Milk Nazis Are Coming…

With all the raw milk flowing around here it is hard to pass up articles like this one. We can buy raw eggs, raw meat, and raw vegetables, but watch out for the raw milk Nazis!  They are out to keep the world safe from little bitty microscopic organisms that might give someone an upset…

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Miss Docie

May 5, 2008
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Miss Docie

Miss Docie is the newest goat baby here on the farm.  We were so excited that she was a girl!  This means that we will have the opportunity to raise her up and train her to be a fine milking goat!  This week, we will learn how to disbud her so she will not grow horns. …

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All Empires Must Die

May 2, 2008
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The following is taken from an article by David Vaughn (no direct relation) found at kitco.com “HISTORY TEACHES THREE pretty clear messages. One is that all empires die. Second, empires take a long time to die. Finally, the citizens of the empire rarely recognize the warning signs for what they are.” “Empires think they have beaten the…

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Food Economics

May 1, 2008
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Food Economics

I think you must have to live in a cave to not notice that there is something up with the food and gas prices.   Now that spring time has arrived and growing season is in full swing, food options are a bit more varied than during the winter months.  There are farmer’s markets and home…

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