Coffee, Sugar, Flour
We have been told, by our land’s previous owners, those were the only three consumed goods that their parents purchased. Everything else that family of seven ate came from our 15 acres. They raised a wide variety of animals for meat and milk, cultivated a large garden patch, and orchard. Built a canning room and filled it with thousands of jars, and froze and dried many goods to keep for winter.
Perhaps, they were exaggerating slightly when they said just four items were purchased. However, the more time we devote to rebuilding soil, pastures, and the orchard the more we can imagine living off this land (someday).
Goat Boat Farms began in 2014 when we, Jon and Nicole, started the slow process of restoring what was once a thriving homestead. Our initial goals involved mostly clearing land and rebuilding soil with the intent to grow flowers and food. We were faced with years of overgrown Himalayan blackberry (to the point that whole building existed we didn’t know of)
The obvious choice for clearing was goats, and our future changed the day the first four arrived…..
A lot has changed since those first four goats arrived. They have drastically changed and improved the land. We now have 8 acres secured in conservation and we grow on and rotationally graze the remaining acreage.