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Goat morning

Goats in the woods

Some days, my biggest conundrum is --- where shall the goats and I go for our free-range adventure? The floodplain is usually a winner in the summer, but several inches of rain means it's currently too soggy for caprine feet. Garden edges fill bellies fast but mean I have to stay alert since Aurora has recently lost her unleashed nibbling privileges.

Goat hill

Following goats"How about up on the hill?" I asked Artemesia.

"Less food means more time grazing," she countered.

"Okay," I agreed. And off we went.


Summer canopyPunkin stays home in his weaning paddock, so we're back down to a herd of two --- the perfect size for me. And our current girls are so sweet and malleable I usually don't even have to ask them to follow.

Instead, I busy myself stroking ourly newly affectionate doeling and brushing deer flies off Artemesia's forehead. A perfect morning to be in the woods.

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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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