Barn and Livestock

Discover the beauty of heritage breeds! Heritage breeds have an advantage over the traditional livestock breeds because they are better adapted to their environment and come from a diverse genetic background. Unfortunately many heritage breeds have become extinct due to the practices of modern farming. For instance, did you know that 99 percent of all turkeys raised in the U.S. are Broad-Breasted Whites, a single turkey breed specifically developed to have a meaty breast? We have two sheep, five turkeys, two goats and lots of chickens roaming freely over the property! Eggs are available as part of our CSA share.

Free Range Chickens

We have Welsummer chickens that lay a dark brown egg (this is the "Corn Flakes" bird). We have French Black Copper Maran birds that lay a super dark brown, almost chocolate colored egg. We have Americana chickens that lay blue or green eggs. We also have Rhode Island Red, Buff Rock, Partridge Rock, Delaware, and all the babies of Rodger (an Easter Egger, pictured here) and all his girls of the above breeds.

Stunning Eggs

We are seeking alternative and cost effective means to convert to an all organic feed source for the chickens, including growing our own organic grains and raising organic mealworms. We have one acre planted with Sonora White wheat, which is an ancient grain that is a good organic feed supplement for the chickens.

Free Range Chickens

Our chickens roam the property happily eating as they please.
Dairy Goats

We have seven goats: One purebred Nubian Bambi, an Alpine-Nubian cross Bliss, Flora Bambi's daughter, Gina, Venus and Astro. Bambi is out of a great line of sweet tasting and heavy milk producers who is expecting triplets, and Bliss is off a dairy goat farm.  Having the University of Davis so close it is a great tool to be able to take advantage of new information and technology. We had our girls ultra-sounded to determine the number of babies so we could formulate their food ration for proper nutrition.
St. Croix Sheep

We currently have five sheep that help mow the grass in the orchard. These beautiful pure white sheep are a wool-less  or hair breed which have no top teeth and a solid black tongue.  Due to the lower amount of lanolin in the hair sheep breeds the meat is much sweeter and less gamy then traditional wool lamb breeds.  The St. Croix sheep are also on the Slow Food Arc of Taste list.

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