My head bubbles over with things I want to share. As we go out for the day whether it is to do chores or take a breath of fresh air, there is something fascinating happening. Just this week a kid (baby goat) was born out in the woods. Momma looked like she would have a bunch of babies but only had a single. The next day another mom had twins in a shelter. Smart girl since the last weather front stormed through and lasted all day and part of the night. Out in the barn the puppies have opened their eyes and are scrambling out of their safe spot. They slop around in mom’s food and she tolerates it. Goats and chickens climb all around them. Now the leaves are dropping and all the critters are putting on heavier coats.
WFSU, our local NPR station, came earlier this month to interview us and record footage on life here at Golden Acres Ranch. The stars of the show are Louise Divine and Herman Holly of Turkey Hill Farms, producers of great fruits and vegetables. They are the force behind Red Hills Online Market, which provides an outlet for local farms and ranches to sell their products .
Exploring the Small Farms of Florida’s Red Hills. The first segment ran Wednesday, October 15. The next two segments are on the Sharing Water Conference, which will also feature Red Hills farms (sensitive wetlands on Golden Acres and Turkey Hill’s composting) and then part two to this video featuring Full Earth Farm. .
When I found out it was being shown that evening, I phoned and emailed everyone I could. A friend commented that it all sounds like apples and sunshine. We didn’t mention the mud and manure. Well, there is lots of both but we need the rain that makes the mud for obvious reasons and the manure is what helps everything grow. So even the yucky stuff has a good side right here in my Shangri-La.
However, there are some sad parts. We’ve recently lost the last of our three original working dogs. Siggy and Ben both left the farm earlier this year and just two day ago the big old boy Woody joined them. New life has begun and the young ones are taking over their workload. These Great Pyrenees are working dogs and guard all the sheep, goats, chickens and guineas. This is the sad part of having animals,some do well and others just don’t, no matter how much effort we put into them. These dogs have lived long doggy lives and were well loved.