Pine Needle Farm is a 20 acre, off-grid, solar powered homestead. We specialize in raising cashmere goats in an all natural
way. No chemicals are used, preferring to use herbs, vitamins, and minerals to keep everyone healthy and happy.
I got started raising goats in 2001, when a friend asked if I would go look at some goats with her. I went, looked, and came home
with three dairy goats. Two does and a wether. On a Friday the 13th! The goats completely took over my life. I ended up with four
cashmere goats from the same people, and thus began my goat raising career.
Since I had the cashmere I had to learn what to do with it. I got a spinning wheel and learned how to spin it into yarn. I already knew
how to crochet, so now I could actually make things from my own animals!
Now this has grown into a full-time career, which I absolutely love. I am happiest when I am spinning the fleece and spending time with
my wonderful goats. I sell my hand spun yarn, and I crochet items like scarves, shawls, hats, and other accessories from the
cashmere I've entered competitions with my handspun yarn and crocheted items. The ribbon wall is looking pretty good!
Now I've taken up needle felting, which I am really enjoying! I make realistic looking animals, bears being my specialty. They are
made out of the cashmere from my goats.
The herd of cashmeres numbers 31 right now. All the goats are well-fed and happy. They are raised naturally with no chemicals at
all. I use an herbal wormer, fed free-choice, to keep them worm free. It works wonderfully , and the worms don't build a resistance to
it. By feeding free-choice, the goats that need worming eat the wormer, and the ones that don't need worming, don't eat it. If they do
happen to get ill, which is rare, herbs and vitamins boost their immune system and they get healthy again. Goats are intelligent
animals, and if given the choice and variety of forage and supplements, know what they need to eat to stay healthy.
Along with the goats, my husband John and I have chickens, three livestock guardian dogs and a cat. We have a fairly substantial
garden, both veggies, and flowers. It's a fun and challenging life up here!
I have started a blog telling about the day to day life and adventures on our farm. If you are
interested, click on this link.
|My Mission with this venture is to bring you happiness and relaxation when you
wear a Cashmere accessory, use the yarn to make a special something, or have a
happy memory when gazing at the needle felted animals. You do deserve a bit of
luxury in your life!