As soon as we unloaded Middy in the dark and carefully kept her separate from the sheep for her first night at Stop Sign Farm, it was immediately apparent that one should never be the lone goat in a flock of sheep.
So, we called our Rent-a-Ruminant pal Tammy to see if she had any four-legged mouths to feed that she might not mind letting us borrow during this, her slow season. Voila, 2 days later, Middy was introduced to her new companion Megan.
Megan is an angora goat who's missed a shearing and has been low goat in the Rent-a-Ruminant pecking order for almost a year so she looks a little worse for wear right now. But, she seems to be finding her way among this motley crew. She looks so much like our Icelandics that they were at first quite confused - she knew they weren't goats, but they were not at all sure she wasn't a new ewe. Middy found her right away, however, so all in all, mission accomplished.
I'm off to same pal Tammy's place down the road to purchase her old stanchion - ewes, lambs, goats, kids, and a milking stand. I guess we're almost ready to start making cheese!
I am a 50-year old community engagement manager, wife, mom and sort of farmer with a passion for sharing life and love through vibrant and delicious food. I work to slowly (very slowly) build a place where people come to know their food and take pleasure in its journey. I am fortunate to live in a beautiful island community outside Seattle, surrounded by nature and exceptional people, especially my loving and supportive Aussie husband, our amazing son, and a small band of fiercely dedicated friends. This site is dedicated to sharing what I learn as I stumble through everyday lessons on farming, animals, growing healthy food, parenting, and what the future holds.