Wednesday, March 11, 2015

We Have a Dexter!

Yes, you read that right.  Thanks to our amazing neighbors Don and Teriz Mosley we are the proud parents of an eight month old dexter heifer calf.  We are calling her Princess Buttercup because Jerry says she looks and acts like a princess.  I have to agree. Isn't she lovely?

I am so excited that I can hardly contain myself.  

We've been so blessed to have the Mosleys for friends and neighbors.  They're great people. They raise angus, dexters, idaho pasture pigs, a few varieties of sheep, chickens, and maintain a nice orchard and kitchen garden.  They're building a Farm Stay on their property too.   They are as excited about homesteading as I am, and they generously share their knowledge with others.

I could barely believe it when Teriz offered sweet little Buttercup to me.  She has been there at every step of the way teaching me how to halter train Buttercup, how to manage her, and she delivered her here to help her settle in this week.

Jerry is building her a little barn all for herself in our 5 acre pasture, behind our home.

My farmgirl dreams have all been working themselves out.  Our homestead is growing.  Our livestock fencing and housing is almost complete.  Our health has been good.  I've missed gardening so much that I have decided to get back into a veggie garden this year, in spite of the drought.  I need to put up more food.  Digging in the dirt helps me relax.

That's it for now.


Monday, January 26, 2015

Jerry's DIY Goat Feeder Plans

Howdy FarmGirls!  

My hubby Jerry is always ready to make my farm dreams come true.  That is especially true when I need another structure to house or feed farm babies.

Last year our herd more than doubled in size and I decided that I needed a strong feeder for my dairy goats. A feeder with a roof to keep the hay dry, and with enough vertical structure to prevent grass hay from slipping through and being stepped on.

Within a few hours Jerry built me this wonderful feeder. He made most of it from scraps and a few lengths of cull lumber from a home improvement store.

This feeder has been a great help.  I have a few more on my list once our new buck barn is finished.  

Here is a drawing I made from my feeder, complete with measurements.  

Please feel free to use the plan to construct your own feeders, and by all means SHARE this post.  I'd really appreciate if you would send me photos/link of your feeder once it's made too.  

DIY IS FREEDOM!  These feeders cost almost $300 around here to BUY.  Jerry built this one using recycled wood, steel, and $7 in culled lumber for the slats.  

Save your money to buy more goats!  That's my motto.  


One Day in the Life of a Farmgirl...

Today was a busy day for a day off from "work".  I spent a few hours on the tractor moving and turning my goat barn compost pile.  I prepped a few raised garden beds and planted a few cuttings. I covered my hay stack in preparation of a storm that is due overnight.  I even made time to play with my goats and chickens.

Tonight, I sat down before the woodstove to finish the day off with potato leek soup that I made from my CSA vegetable box.  Life is pretty darn good.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

You're Invited!

Calling All 

We are having a party and you are cordially invited to JOIN our Facebook group (Farmgirl Chit Chat) and to LINK UP your blog for our new Farmgirl Chit Chat Blog Party!

What are you waiting for???

Saturday, January 24, 2015


Luxury Goat Milk Soap
When Matt and Rhonda Shaul of Cranberry Ridge Farm offered me the opportunity to review several of their amazing goat milk soap bars I JUMPED at the chance!

They've been making their very special luxury soap bars for more than a decade, and they've crossed this great country doing it.  Read about their incredible farm journey on their website HERE.

My Review-
Jerry and I have used their soaps exclusively over the past 6 weeks. Jerry's favorite has been their bar- The Anvil's Ring (image above). Its scent is reminiscent of balsam and leather.  Our weather has been very cold and dry so far this winter.  Jerry loves the fragrance and tells me that the soap has comforted his dry skin and chapped hands.  He wants more as soon as possible.

I have a small herd of nigerian dwarf dairy goats.  Daily chores are very drying, especially at this time of year.  I have to use strong cleansers and disinfectants to prepare and clean up after milking. My hands often become dry,cracked, and sore in winter months from all the chemicals and frequent washings. 

I have enjoyed Cranberry Ridge Farm's Lavender, Lemongrass, and Lavender Patchouli bars. All three soaps have been very nourishing to my overworked skin.  I could see and feel a positive difference in my skin's texture and moisture in just about a week.  

My impression of their Lavender bar is that it has a very pleasant, lavender fragrance.  This bar is not too strongly scented, which is common for this scent.  It is attractive and would make a lovely gift.  It cleanses well and does not leave a film on your skin or in the shower as many of the handcrafted bars I have purchased have done.  

The Lavender Patchouli bar smells amazing.  It's musky with the calming lavender fragrance blended into it.  This fragrance is calming and relaxing.  I will definitely need more of this one too.

My FAVORITE so far is the Lemongrass bar.  The smell is so pure and invogorating.  It wakes me up and puts a smile on my face!  

There you have it.  I recommend these goat milk soaps. I send a BIG thank you to Matt and Rhonda Shaul of Cranberry Ridge Farm for giving me several bars to use and enjoy.