Ambition is gushing all over in this lady's world. I am taking the year of 2016 to boost up my small farm business. I feel there is a real need for more food choices for people in my small community as well as for people in further cities. To get this all going I need to raise some money, and I decided to go head first into a goat milk soap share fundraiser. Buying a share will give me the funds I need to purchase raw materials and you in turn get soap. I have a goal of raising $3,000.00 over the next three month period. I will always offer soap shares but just really want to focus over the three month time period. You can get more information on my fundraiser page.
To purchase a soap share immediately you can go to my goat milk soap share store page.
Meat CSA shares are now available in addition to soap shares. I have turkey, goose, chicken, and heritage chicken shares now available. I'm especially excited about raising birds this year as I'm going to try some different breeds along with my standard breeds.
For turkeys I was able to obtain a trio of Chocolate Turkeys. There is a terrific story behind this that I'll tell another day. These turkeys are a heritage breed that are also critically endangered. I have high hopes of them laying eggs this spring and see if they can hatch some and and I'll see if I can hatch some out in the incubator. I also plan on raising some of bronze turkeys as I did last year.
For geese I still have my breeding trio of one toulouse male and two pilgrim females. I have had good luck in the past of hatching their eggs out myself. Though if I have enough interest I plan on ordering some through a supplier. I may end up getting some more toulouse and embden geese. Geese are AMAZING grazers and I plan to have them fenced up around our small orchard to keep the grass down and fertilize the trees at the same time. Plus I have a confession to make, I ate goose for the first time right after Christmas a few weeks ago. I grilled it and it was so DELICIOUS!! I had family over and some of the grown ups were afraid to try it. But the little kids couldn't stop eating it, seriously! The goose had to be put up and away from a little boys reach as he just wouldn't stop eating it! It has it's own flavor and texture, It really is kind of like steak but with a milder flavor.
For chickens I will be raising my cornish cross as I have for a few years. I also plan on raising some slower growing and or heritage breed birds. My first year raising chickens for meat I raised buff orpington and barred rock roosters. They take much longer to grow, but my members LOVED the flavor and the fact they were a bit on the smaller side. The smaller chickens are great for a single person or a couple as they aren't overwhelmed with all the meat. I am charging more for the slower growing birds because well, they grow more slowly and eat more grain. I have also raised sagitta chickens which are a bit like freedom ranger chickens. I guess I'm not sure what I'll raise this year, it depends on what kind of feedback I get from members or potential members.
I may start growing more mushrooms this summer in addition to everything else. I might start up a mushroom CSA in the future, but I'll let people know when I have extra available. Last summer I raised a couple different oyster mushrooms and got some shiitake going.
That pretty much wraps things up. With your support I can make this small farm work.
Thanks so much!
-I would like to thank Chris for helping me edit this site and showing me a few tricks.
-Always a big thanks to Bob and all of my family and friends for your support and encouragement.
-Enjoy the pile of pictures from the new EB Ranch locations!!
Born and raised in a small town, then moved back to the same small town. Jill of many trades and happy to be so.