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Leaf gathering with goats

Goats eating leaves

After the first frost, the leaves start to fall faster.

Goat stretching for leaves

The goats and I are both intent upon collecting as many as possible as fast as possible.

Curious goat

Our methods differ a bit, though. I rake and bag so I can easily transport my haul back to the chicken coop.

Blue-eyed goat

Artemesia and Aurora just nibble, nibble, nibble to digest at their leisure.

Cheating goats

We both get the job done, long as nobody cheats!

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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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So I see Abigail has disappeared, are you eating her or did you find her a home?
Comment by Eric Thu Oct 27 18:25:58 2016
Eric --- We did indeed put her in the freezer. As soon as it was obvious one of Artemesia's kids was a girl (to be a new companion), we took Abigail to the butcher ASAP. We liked her, but life has been so much easier and more pleasant without her --- the right decision!
Comment by anna Mon Oct 31 09:18:36 2016

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