A glimpse of our future
You may have noticed if you follow us on Instagram (and by the way I think you should) we recently acquired two baby goats. They are milk goat breeds, and they are a good breeding pair. So with luck they will breed this fall and we will be started down the road to a milk goat herd!
We acquired the goats from the parents of a close friend. Going into this we already knew this friends parents ran a farm similar to what we had always imagined doing for ourselves, so we made a field trip of picking up the goats, and we were able to get a tour of this great farm.
Farming where we are, well we are Kansans and in Kansas everything is mostly flat and there are little trees. So “farming” here means mostly beef, pasture raised and feedlot finished. While planting grains like mostly wheat or corn are the crops. However not often do you see a farm, doing more of their own food needs. However that’s what we want to do, and that’s what we were able to see!
A farm with a purpose
We had an amazing time, and we were able to see how more farms today need to be. Working with nature and not against it. Producing much of their own food. And raising livestock that looked both happy and healthy. We were able to milk a goat, pet a baby goats just days old. Bottle feed a smaller twin goat. All while chickens and Guineas were running around.
We were able to see the hungry pigs, and the small but not brand new litter of piglets. Through all this I got an awesome feeling of how complex life is, and how amazing the creator is. How he created everything special and unique. How animals you wouldn’t even expect are such good moms. Also how sad it is when we miss out on all the awesome details with large commercial food production.
Not so long ago, the average person was a lot more connected to their food, and growing it. 100 years ago the average kid growing up would have gathered eggs from the hen house, pulled weeds in the garden and watched every spring as new life was born on the farm. What we were able to see that day, would have been normal life for most people 100 years ago. Even though it is far from “the norm” today it was a wonderful feeling being so connected to life, and watching my kids enjoying those things that had been lost in recent generations.
Watching my dream in action
We stayed at the farm for a home-grown meal. As my kids were taking 2nd-3rd and 4th helpings of roast (it was that good!)I sat looking around at the tomato seedlings in the southern facing window, the egg skelter on the kitchen counter, the last homeschooled kid, now teenager of that family; at the dining table. As that wonderful food was filling my kids little bellies, I began to think if we were lucky and as blessed as this family is, that is how our life may one day look. A life where some kids grown and gone, some kids still at home working on schoolwork. Some kids that will have not known any other way of life, where gathering your eggs and milking goats was daily life. A life where we know where our food came from, where our labor was required to produce that food, where we know how the animals in our care were treated. A life connected to the world around us. A beautiful life ♡♡♡
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Beth is a mother of 6 living on a handful of acres in an old farmhouse in central Kansas. Beth has a background in the military and health and fitness however her passions come from her homestead life. Beth is an enthusiastic homeschooling mom, avid organic gardener, chicken & goat wrangler, who is obsessed with herbs and natural remedies and maintaining an all-around Do-It-Yourself lifestyle. Beth loves to share all she has learned about and sustainable living. While striving for a healthy, natural life, family-centered life.