June 29, 2020

At our farm, we use our pigs and goats for land management.  They both serve different purposes, and both need to be rotated through new sections of land to work effectively.  Here’s a brief overview of why and how we use our animals, and the most effective ways to put...

May 23, 2020

Two weeks ago we welcomed three new goat kids to the farm!

We brought home Rogue as a bred doe in late March and kept a close eye on her until her due date of May 9.  Unlike most goats I’ve known, Rogue kidded exactly on her due date.  She had an easy, flawless delivery...

April 17, 2020

We are very excited to welcome two new goats to our farm!

We recently brought home Everland Rogue and her wether son Charlie.  Our plans for the goats in 2020 have changed a few times.  Quite awhile ago, we had hoped to just breed all our Nigerian Dwarf does and have a...

March 7, 2020

Guinea fowl can sometimes get a bad rap.  They’re a unique bird with special characteristics, which means it is important to understand them before adding them to your farm.  If you are expecting a chicken-like bird that’s quiet and hangs around the coop, you’ll be dis...

February 20, 2020

At Hostile Valley Farm, we believe that you can have a farm that raises livestock without butchering them.  I’ve run into a lot of discussion online lately about farming and having pets, folks who believe that if you aren’t butchering your animals you just aren’t farmi...

January 30, 2020

Have you been thinking about adding geese to your farm, but you're not sure what breeds would work for you?  Geese have a reputation as being aggressive, and breed selection can make a huge difference in how your goose behaves.  It is very important to think about why...

January 20, 2020

We just finished round one of artificial insemination on our gilt (year old female) pig, Nutmeg.  We are also in the midst of watching some of our goats to see if they go into heat, so we can whisk them off to a driveway breeding date.  

I have had a few questions...

January 16, 2020

I’m getting excited thinking about all the things happening on our farm this year!  

2019 was a rough year, and it didn’t seem like we accomplished a whole lot in terms of farm growth and progress.  But sometimes times like that are necessary to regroup and focus on wha...

October 21, 2019

During the height of summer this year, our wonderful doe Tater was supplying us with a half gallon of milk a day.  That is excellent milk production for a Nigerian Dwarf, and while it might not seem like huge amount, it is way more milk than a family of two can consume...

September 5, 2019

My favorite way to preserve vegetables is through fermentation.  This means a lot of sauerkrauts and variations on krauts, as well as a few brine pickles, relishes, and chutneys.  Fermenting is a huge topic that covers a lot of kinds of food preservation and is backed...

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