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Bucky, Charlie and Me….

About one year ago I responded to a posting on Craigslist for someone selling goats real cheap. Not really having any funds to purchase animals but the need to have a couple critters that would help me with the weeding around the place I sent an email explaining I could give them a good home and it they absolutely (as the post stated) had to find a place for them we could assist. The people responded, “I see you have a farm, if you promise not to eat them we’ll give them to you” Well Ok…no I don’t need food that bad!!! Not that goat meat is not good, it is very tasty. However, not all goats are raised for meat. Avery popular trend is to lease out herds for weed control, weed warriors as they are known. San Francisco International Airport does this instead of using herbicides that will leach into the ocean, and other communities in rural areas do this as it is far more economically feasible on the budgets than paying for manual labor.

What I truly wish these people had told me was this was a rescue mission and the Bucky and Charlie had been abused. My first clue that the critters had issues and something was amiss was the fact that the people that delivered them to us grabbed the by the horns and threw them into the enclosure I had built for them. Naturally seeing that they were terrified I immediately brought them some fresh water and food, and as I turned to say good-bye and thanks I found the folks were blazing down the road!! Not knowing anything about goats I started researching and found that Charlie and Bucky are Pygmy Goats. Then I put some feelers out and started gathering information about goats from people they owned goats. Google…gotta love Google but there is only so much information they can provide. It was at this time that Gloria Montero contacted me and gave me some fabulous information about goats…

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When Bucky and Charlie came to us because of their looks they were called Long Horn and Round Horn. Around the same time there was a post on CL stating…I’m moving to Reno is there anything else beside casinos? Why everyone thinks that is all there is to Nevada…well…not too awfully hard to figure that out. Any way I answered the post and explained the many wonderful events and places to go play in the area. To one of my greatest pleasures in life the person on the other end was one of the most beautiful young ladies I have ever had the pleasure to be associated with. Tasha Lori is her name. She now work for a Family Law office and at last correspondence has put some things behind her and is enjoying all that life can give. Tasha and I were going through some “soul searching” times if you will. There were things in our lives that seemed that would never go away no matter what! Well we developed a fantastic cyber land relationship and were able to help each other face the tribulations that life had dealt us and somehow even though we had never met not really knew each other we managed to find a degree of comfort in our daily conversations. Sometimes the best help comes from strangers, a lesson Tasha taught me. I am very grateful for that. Any way enough of the tear-jerking. One day Tasha and I were talking over coffee and I told her I had to go feed the goats and she got so excited…”Oh I just love goats!!! They are soooooooo cute!!!” she exclaimed. “Send me some pictures!!! Please! Please!!!” naturally I obliged, never could say no to a pretty girl. Well she called me back after she received the photos and asked what their names were. I tell her, and she says” Oh no, no, no, no, no, that will never do, the one with the straight horn is now Charlie Long Horn and  the other little cutie is now Bucky Round Horn. And that is how Charlie and Bucky got their names…On Tasha’s birthday I sent a video of them to her, they like to eat blueberry pancakes and they will even stand on their hind legs and smile at the camera for them. Now Blueberry pancakes are our Sunday morning breakfast.

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Charlie and Bucky have calmed down a little bit. They don’t care for baths no matter what any of the literature says about giving them a bath. Let me say this if anyone ever calls you “goat-smellin’” believe me it not a good thing!!! I try to bathe them every couple of weeks but they really do not like the water no matter how hot it is.

Below is a link to an article on goats for meat production. Many countries cultures eat goat. They are an easy animal to raise and herd. Especially if your culture is nomadic or that of island living. Goat meat is very lean and is the most consumed red meat eaten by more than 70% of the world’s population. It is a staple of Africa South and Central America as well as Asia, in fact goat is considered a delicacy in a few European cuisines. Places best known for goat meat cuisine, North Africa, Pakistan India, The Middle East and the Caribbean. With areas of Mexico the typical food is Cabrito, or baby goat, and in Italy, Capretto. Goat is becoming more and more popular in the United States; living in rural areas I have started seeing more and more goat farms and goat meat for sale in the last few years.

Charlie and Bucky won’t end up on any dinner table. I have grown rather fond of the goofy guys. They love breads, crackers, tomatoes, almost every fruit I have brought them. I have even found they like eggplant!!!! No I have prepared any Eggplant Parmesan for them but you never know. If I do I’ll be sure to let you know what wine they ordered!!!

So I will say this about goats. They are not a stupid animal nor do they forget. They seem to have a pretty acute sense of smell and for the most part are pretty docile. Make no mistake they will stand their ground and that butting thing they do…really smarts!!!!!! But should you wish to have a loyal and manageable pet for the kids I would recommend pygmy goats in a heartbeat. I know they have provide myself with a lot of joy and laughs over this past year, and in their own goofy way got two people through some difficult life experiences. I think Me Bucky and Charlie…wow that almost sounds like a song…but I think we’ll hang out for a while and see what other life lessons they may have in store

http://www.famu.edu/cesta/main/assets/File/coop_extension/small%20ruminant/goat%20pubs/Selecting_Goats.pdf

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Information Sources

Gloria Montero/Montero Goat Farm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goat

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One of the unique services we have at Aladay Organic Farms is harvesting your order when you come out to the farm for fresh herbs. If you cook you know the advantages of having freshly harvested herds  your salads, sauces, your Chicken Basilica, Scampi Fettuccine or if you’re like me just adding some Freshly Harvested French Tarragon for my Mac-n-Cheese. Using fresh Herbs in your cooking not only ads a fantastic aroma to your home or kitchen but the flavor is night and day in the results of your cuisine. So take you culinary prowess to the extreme by using freshly harvested herbs…

Whether yo’re a professional chef or a novice and love to cook, or if you have that special date that you’d like to impress you can not go wrong with using fresh herbs in you food preparations. They will add a burst of flavor that has no comparison!!!!!

Currently at AOF we have available for harvest

 

Italian Basil
Italian Basil

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lemon Basil ready to harvest
Lemon Basil ready to harvest, Give your Lemon Chicken a special flavor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Queenette basil

 

Queenette Basil, for that unique earthy taste to any dish…

Spearmint, Serve the best Iced tea at your next social gathering
Spearmint, Serve the best Iced tea at your next social event

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We also have Greek Oregano, French tarragon, English Sage and German Winter Thyme.

Herbs are $2 a bunch.

Oh Yea..Special Thanks to the Sign Chicks at Julies Sign Shop for the help with the sign!!!!You ladies are fantastic!