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Farmette 1769

by Monica Melograna-Ward

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I just watched Farmageddon, which explains the disappearance of local farms in America. The reason that I can give it a great endorsement is that it lives in the middle ground.

Meat and More

Meat?

Extremism (in either direction) is not something that I am fond of. Honest, fact-based descriptions of obvious issues are the ones that I can relate to. One showing people that take a look at their opposition calmly is another trait that I admire in a documentary.

I agree with their take on small and organic farming. Natural food eating is discouraged by the rich. Corporations are rich. They influence our government, and then our government imposes regulations that are corporation friendly. These rules are the kind that destroy small operations.

The regulations drive costs up in paperwork, licenses, fees, surcharges, workers, equipment, supplies, taxes and so on. This drives the small farmer out of business. Managing regulations has become a full time job and has become a poison to productivity/efficiency. The corporations win by bullying those who do not have the time, money, resources, personnel or energy to fight back.

Health and safety are top priorities of being human. I understand the concerns regarding both of those in relation to food. But the thing is, there is SO much out there to buy that is over-processed, over-salted, over-sugared, over-fried, pesticide heavy, petroleum rich and full of unnatural chemical mixtures. It is all REALLY BAD for your body.

Sauce with Bonus Ingredients

Sauce?

But somehow, edibles raised/grown on the land are being marketed by the media as dangerous (the corporations pay for what news gets to you via advertising dollars). The cost of organic food is driven high beyond the reach of the average family. The availability is scarce. And so we all eat the junk food.

And then we get sick, and health care is BIG business. That system makes a lot of money. And then they use it to control the population by influencing our financial leaders and politicians. And that negative cycle continues on.

Fresh Eggs!

Fresh Eggs

There is risk involved in EVERYTHING. The truth is that FEAR is taking over our society. It is now normal to be afraid of PEANUT BUTTER.

Venison Jerky-  ready for the oven

Venison Jerky- Ready for the oven

And the thing is, the more that we expose ourselves to organic, fresh, unpasteurized foods, the healthier we will be. Our immune system learns how to work correctly by doing so. Most of the ills that now plague the country like obesity, diabetes, cancer, food allergies, dependence on medicines, etc. are becoming more epidemic as we move away from eating the way we really should – directly from the earth.

Live Sage!

Live Sage

We are human. We are mammals. We will live. We will be sick. We will be injured. We will die. Sitting inside a house, eating fumigated, boiled, bleached, test tube food will not cure all these woes.

Dried Hot Peppers

Dried Hot Peppers

We can go outside, we can roll in the grass, we can breathe in the fresh air, we can suck a Honeysuckle flower or eat those tiny, wild strawberries. It is OK. Is it possible to catch something from doing this? Yes. But, it is so unlikely, that we are more likely to be struck by lightening.

Farm Stand and Trader Joe's - for the Winter.

Farm Stand & Trader Joe’s – for the Winter

Do you want to live your life, as fully as possible?

Dormant Peach

Dormant Peach Tree

I am glad that we have fresh chicken eggs to eat. I am glad that we have venison in the freezer. I am glad that we can flavor our meals with fresh herbs and spices. I am glad that we have a lovely garden – that gets bigger every year. I am glad that we have fruit trees. I am hoping to have goat milk this Spring. And I wish that everyone that wants this could have it all too!

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Abbigail, daughter of Olivia, fathered by black and white pygmy – name unknown, is about to have kids of her own. Pygmies don’t commonly come with papers, being non-dairy type mini goats. They can have pedigrees and do produce milk, but are not really bred for any of that.

I am impatiently waiting for the birth. With my health off kilter leading to surgery this past Fall 2011, keeping track of breeding for our goats and chickens just got completely off track. So, I can only guess as to her due date.

At the end of January, Abbey began to “bag up”, meaning that her milk had started to come in. I was not even sure she was bred until this happened. This process can start about a month ahead of the birth, but it is now February 24th and nothing has happened. 

We can feel the baby(ies) kicking. Our guess is that she will have twins. Goats can have 1 to 4 kids, averaging 2 and rarely 5. Last year was a bust as our only available nanny goat Olivia, delivered about a month early to one little buck kid that never took a breath. He looked like a little rubber goat with no hair but little hooves and horn buds and all. It was sad. He is buried in the flower garden.

This is Abbey on the 21st. Her kid(s) have been hanging low, so I thought maybe they’d be here by now. No luck…

Abbey modeling her big belly.

Cute Abbey, our little pregnant doe. She looks so much like a dairy cow that we almost named her Bessy.

So, I am extra excited about Abbey’s upcoming kidding since it has been so long since we had little goats here. They are extremely cute! If there is a girl, we will keep one. The boys must go since Jeffrey is now our herd sire.

We added a dairy goat to the mix recently. She is a Nubian goat, bigger than our dogs. Her papers name her as Katie Jeanne, but we call her Beatrice or BB for short. You could not have a more cooperative, friendly goat. Apparently this comes with the breed, but she is especially awesome. BB will walk on a leash, do what you ask of her and stay right at your side if you are out in the fenced area.

Beatrice and her new pink collar

I wish that BB had horns. She was disbudded as a kid . Our pygmies did not have this done and therefore pick on her. She holds her own since she is big, but it is certainly a disadvantage. I like to keep the horns on so that they can protect themselves. We have two watch dogs outside and an electric fence, but I still worry a little about the coyotes. They wander in to scoop up poultry if they can get away with it.

She is bred to a moon-spotted buck named Picasso. Nubian goats come in lots of colors and you never know what you’ll get, although with the spots in the mix, the probability of spotted is higher. Depending on what we get from her, there may be selling or trading involved. We’ll need a Nubian sire for her. A good way to get one may be to trade a buckling for an unrelated buckling.

The big deal with BB will be the milk, which we can make into cheese, yogurt, butter and soap. She is not “freshened” right now. That means that she has given birth and is therefore producing milk. Beatrice is so easy to handle. It seems as if she will make a great milking goat. That is good since I have no idea what I am doing. I’ll figure it out. 

As with everything on the farmette, practice makes perfect, or at least manageable…

P.S. You’ll be sure to get an update when Abbey’s baby(ies) arrive!

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