Pine Needle Farm is a 20 acre, off-grid, solar powered homestead. We specialize in raising cashmere goats in an all natural
way. No chemicals are used, preferring to use herbs, vitamins, and minerals to keep everyone healthy and happy.
I got started raising goats in 2001, when a friend asked if I would go look at some goats with her. I went, looked, and came home with three dairy goats. Two does and a wether. On a Friday the 13th! The goats completely took over my life. I ended up with four cashmere goats from the same people, and thus began my goat raising career.
Since I had the cashmere I had to learn what to do with it. I got a spinning wheel and learned how to spin it into yarn. I already knew how to crochet, so now I could actually make things from my own animals!
Now this has grown into a full-time career, which I absolutely love. I am happiest when I am spinning the fleece and spending time with my wonderful goats. I sell my hand spun yarn, and I crochet items like scarves, shawls, hats, and other accessories from the cashmere I've entered competitions with my handspun yarn and crocheted items. The ribbon wall is looking pretty good!
I've taken up needle felting, which I am really enjoying! I make realistic looking animals, bears being my specialty. They are made out of the cashmere from my goats. I've also taken up weaving, so I will be having some woven items for sale, too! I am having so much fun around here!
The herd of cashmeres numbers 31 right now. All the goats are well-fed and happy. They are raised naturally with no chemicals at all. I use an herbal wormer, fed free-choice, to keep them worm free. It works wonderfully , and the worms don't build a resistance to it. By feeding free-choice, the goats that need worming eat the wormer, and the ones that don't need worming, don't eat it. If they do happen to get ill, which is rare, herbs and vitamins boost their immune system and they get healthy again. Goats are intelligent animals, and if given the choice and variety of forage and supplements, know what they need to eat to stay healthy.
I have started a small herd of meat goats now. 3 Kikos and a few Boer/dairy crosses. We'll see how that goes. Goat meat is the most consumed meat in the whole world. Lean and healthy for you. It tastes pretty good, too! I think of it as a cross between beef and venison. A bit stronger in flavor than beef, but not as gamey as venison. Low in fat, also.
The two dairy goats provide all the milk we need for drinking, cheese making and soap making. We've got all the bases covered here I think! :-)
Along with the goats, my husband John and I have chickens, two livestock guardian dogs and a cat. I also have one horse. We have a fairly substantial garden, both veggies, and flowers. It's a fun and challenging life up here!
We have two HipCamp sites on the property now. To reserve one and meet the goats, have a nice private camping spot and a good base camp for exploring this corner of the world, please click on the HipCamp button and check it out. Glacier National Park is only an hour and a half away! Which by Montana standards is not far at all. Thanks!
I have a blog telling about the day to day life and adventures on our
farm. If you are interested, click on this link. I try to write in it at least
once a month. Doesn't always happen, but I'm close.
|My Mission is to bring you some happiness and joy into your life when you are using
any of the products from this farm, whether it is the woven items, the crocheted
accessories, the needle felted little animals, or a bar of goat milk soap. I hope that
they bring you enjoyment and love for the finer things in life.