It’s taken some time, but we’ve finally created our farm. Actually, I think it started to become a real farm when we got our chickens. But, now that we have our goats, it’s started to FEEL like a farm!
We purchased our 50 acre piece of land in 2004. It took a few years before we were ready to do anything with the property, and then we decided we were ready to build our house. This was not an easy process, as we lived in Calgary, Alberta at the time, and we had to hire and work remotely with the builder. We faced quite a few obstacles along the way, but finally, by the end of 2008, we were ready to move into our new house!
One of the most important things that we had to make sure was done BEFORE we moved was a fenced-in yard for the dogs (our three senior dogs – Rigsy, Boslow, and Stripe – who fortunately got to spend their final years with us here); but otherwise, we started off with only the house, a long gravel driveway, and a small shed which houses our electrical and water systems. The remainder of our property was basically a “blank slate” consisting of overgrown hay fields, a rock quarry, and mountains!
Since 2008, we have been steadily working on the various elements that make up our farm. We do have a LOT of snow here in the winter (which usually starts in October), and our ground here is typically frozen until April, so we have a relatively short window of opportunity each year for our projects.
Currently we are raising and selling Nigerian Dwarf and Miniature Silky Fainting Goats, but we also added Nubian and Lamancha goats, a number of different chickens (and we sell their eggs), horses, a donkey, cats, a wonderful dog named Winnie, and two incredible children (that are growing up FAST), so we are always building something! Our more recent projects have included building several Goat Barns, Chicken Coops, Fencing, Landscaping, and working in the Garden for as long as our weather permits.