It's that time of season where I delegate computer time to rainy days or days I'm sick. With a raging head cold and my inability to not be "productive" I'm finally getting around to writing this blog. Though I promise to take a nap, drink lots of fluids and fruits to get over this sickness.
A project I'm finally done working on is getting a real price per pound figured out for my pastured goat meat shares. I'm going to try and work with a new processor that has a flat processing fee and an additional hanging weight fee. That hanging weight fee makes it manageable for me to process some of my smallest goats while still making a bit of a profit.
Raising these San Clememente Island goats is wonderful but also brings about challenges. With most heritage breed livestock and poultry, these goats tend to grow more slowly and not as big as other production livestock. In turn these goats are pretty self reliant and hardy. All of my female goats and kids are currently out on rotating pastures. I need to let the grass grow a bit more before I put my boys out. I plan on having two separate groups of goats so I don't have accidental breeding over the summer.
But hey!! I got the price per pound figured out for whole goats, and that's $5.00 a pound with a $40 processing fee! I am also able to offer a variety of weights, from as little as 10 pounds on up to 50! Though cuts may vary with small animals, you may not get good chops but you could get extra ground meat. OR get a yourself a whole goat for a cook out! Small animals mean you may be able to get a whole goat in a small freezer! I also offer specialty sausages for extra. You can see all the information HERE!
Starting now EB Ranch is offering sign ups for pastured chicken shares. Deposits need to be in by August 3rd. This is on farm pick up only with butchering scheduled for the first weekend of October. You can read more HERE!
An update on Garlic Gals is needed. There are always pros and cons to farming, and you are at the mercy of the elements. Growing garlic isn't any different and sadly 95% of the garlic crop was lost due to mole activity. You can dig down just a little bit to break into a tunnel that runs below every row of garlic. This is the FIRST time anything like this has EVER happened to me. I have been saving garlic sees for over 8 years and am saddened and frustrated by this loss. Thankfully, both Bretton and I are very positive people and decided to do a spring planting of garlic with our own stash of garlic cloves. We have a handful of garlic shares to fulfill but had to stop taking sign-ups early on. We will have to re-invest in seed this fall, but Garlic Gals will be offering garlic shares again next year. I plan on taking measures to prevent mole damage from occurring again.
Now for a bit of the real deal, an aspect of my personal life I think that is important to share. I will remain vague in some respects, but am happy to talk to you in person in regards to this story. Recently, an issue reared it's head out of the blue. While the issue itself is actually pretty minor, people have decided to turn it into something much bigger within the community. Everything will eventually be fine, but for the last almost two months I have been an emotional whirlwind.
I have recently figured out I get nocturnal panic attacks. I have dealt with this since my late teens but had NO idea what it was. I thought I had sleep apnea or something. Well, will the onslaught of stress I was having sometimes two panic attacks at night and on an almost nightly basis. I would also have to say I'm depressed. I have had little to no will to initiate or care about my day to day life, people or business. This issue has left me lacking extra willpower to go about my usual daily life. And I got this head cold to boot! I haven't been sick with a cold in YEARS, and I'm sure stress was a factor in this.
As always, I keep plugging forward. Just expressing how I feel to my partner, family and friends is a huge help. I feel the depression shaking off and am getting back to feeling excited about my day to day life again! Co-hosting for the Two Farm Ladies Podcast is also another great way to "just get shit off my chest!"
Dealing with this issue has given me the reality slap of what it can be like when you become more deeply involved in community and local politics. I thinks it's EXTREMELY important for people to be involved in both . I also wish older folks where it bit more encouraging and supportive in opening up this world for the next generation and others to come. (And yes I know that people do but I think MORE need to as well!) With all of this, it makes me think about how I can pave the path for younger generations behind me to be involved. And as always, it's important to find solutions to problems, not just always pointing out problems. While I have some very firm beliefs in particular politics, it won't stop me from listening and engaging in civil discussion. We need to learn and grow from each other, not put up barriers . We can always agree to disagree in a civil manner.
I know there is more to share, there is ALWAYS more but I"ll wrap it up for now. Thank you as always for the constant, consistent, and new support from folks for EB Ranch and all that Bob and I do both on the farm and in the community.
Born and raised in a small town, then moved back to the same small town. Jill of many trades and happy to be so.