“A farm, by definition, is a departure from nature—it is land taken from its wild state and turned to human ends. But it is possible for a farm to learn from natural systems, to work with mother nature and integrate her patterns. A good farmer creates a managed ecosystem, where the various parts all contribute to the health of the whole.
This is the soul of sustainable agriculture; it is also a practical way to produce high quality food while building soil and conserving the habitat and biodiversity that come with well-managed open land. No farm will ever approach the ecological sophistication of nature, because the balance of activity is focused on the needs of our one species. But that doesn’t mean we can’t take good care—and a little better care every year, as we learn, and learn.” Prodigal Farm Owners
Things to not forget:
Day 6 in loving and learning from our goats. They spent 4 nights in the kitchen, 1 day in the porch, and now they are frolicking in the barn. I went out this morning and double checked safety issues and organized their living environment.I made a woodchips/hay bed with heat lamp above it, checked for spots they could escape through, and set up a climbing and jumping off area. Sabrina and I tried out the bed for ourselves and we were quickly joined by the kids. It was so nice and warm under the heat lamp and there is nothing like snuggling with a baby goat. Luna and Areida laid down with Sabrina, nuzzling their noses between her legs.
They are starting to eat grain and hay in small amounts. They are also licking the goat mineral. They sleep through the night. No night-time bottles. They sure are growing up fast. They are drinking four bottles of milk a day, 8-10 oz. They will be down to 3 bottles next Monday. The more they are eating hay and grain, the better. They are both good for developing the rumen.
I will end with Sabrina and I’s realization in the barn: Goats smell like milk. It is lovely.