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P.O. Box 190
Fly Creek, NY 13337

Combing is Therapeutic !

In our fast paced world (and getting faster as you read this ) we tend to always be thinking ahead of what we have to or should be doing. No one knows this better then your local farmer who has to think about the weather, as well as the time frame for getting their season off the ground. With hopes that everything will progress, God willing, like a perfectly running clock. But that is not how life works. I have yet to meet a farmer who does not have some basis of a true faith whether they call it God or some other higher power. One of the activities I love this time of year is the combing process. For my fellow cashmere farmers who have more then 50 goats it can be a hectic and frantic time in getting all the cashmere off their animals. However, for me it means it’s time to slow down and enjoy what these amazing animals are giving me. If you rush the combing process a goat will feel it and will let you know. They will wiggle, yelp and their eyes will communicate their uneasiness. Combing a goat can take more then one or two sessions. It’s a process of connecting with the animal that communicates trust and appreciation. Goats let go of their fleeces in the spring but that can mean anywhere from March to June. When combing your senses take in the smell and feel of the fiber . In the end a goat walks off the stand looking completely different , and it’s a sign that another season has ended and new one is beginning.

Welcome Home Vina, Giselle & Gwen

This week we went and  picked up three  new additions to our homestead. Vina , Giselle and Gwen. The girls  have been staying at St. Mary’s Monastery in Greenwich, NY.  Sister Mary Elizabeth has  taken care  of them for me for the last few months as their owner needed to move them quickly. Their previous owner Marlene  must  of  loved  these goats to pieces. I can tell from their gentle temperament that they are used to being handled… hugged and  loved!

Cordless Lawn Mowers

I was looking at the ads in an chicken magazine that is published in England and noticed that there was a company that will bring their cats to your  chicken coop to rid them of mice. Then I heard of  the goats that  were brought to LA ‘s  flight runways to eat the  brush on the sides to prohibit  fires from occurring and spreading after an accident. It’s true, goats will eat the  junkiest of weeds. If you ever  have the time to watch a goat graze in a  pasture  do it.  Watch how they  pick out the  weeds and  chomp them  better then the  biggest  lawn mowers. IMG_1492

Our Winter Wonderland on the Farm

 

 

 

 

Winter brings its own set  of  challenges in taking care of our animals, but it also offers a beautiful clean blanket of snow  to make them  seem even more amazing. Of course it helps to be a cashmere goat  during sub zero temperatures.  They love to roll in the snow and often look like  abominable snow goats during blizzards with snow stuck to them. Winter brings  peace and  serenity  to our small  homestead.