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Goat broccoli

Goats eating broccoli

There's a fine line between letting the goats eat human-friendly produce and letting winter kill off the crops so badly even Artemesia turns up her dainty little nose.

That sweet spot for broccoli appears to be after a couple of nights in the teens. The plants are droopy and no longer prime for our own consumption, but the girls still think they taste ten times better than oats and honeysuckle.

I think I get the same amount of enjoyment out of watching our does dine as I get by eating vegetables myself.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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