Rosy Goat Farm is a small family farm in Central MA, Certified Naturally Grown, where we use sustainable practices to raise our free range animals, and gardens. We feed our chickens and Muscovy ducks (the other red meat) organic feed, but they spend their whole day out on pasture, all year around and they eat bugs and grass and seeds and weeds. I don’t know what they find during the winter but they’re out there looking anyway! Our LaMancha goats eat local hay, and whole grains- organic barley, alfalfa, and field peas, oats, and local non-gmo corn that i mix myself, and we use Molly’s Herbals for natural herbal worming for all our animals. We have plenty of hen eggs and duck eggs (seasonally) for sale. We raise meat birds, and sometimes heritage breed turkeys, like Blue Slate.
We raise Gloucestershire Old Spot, Berkshire and Tamsworth heritage pigs, out on pasture, where they are helping reclaim our overgrown land. We sell piglets in the spring, and raise some for delicious pork, and lard. We have an abundance of eggs which, if not sold or used, we feed to our pigs and they love this treat; and, any abundance of milk from the goats, or even milk that has soured, the pigs get to enjoy that too, along with any over ripe tomatoes or vegetables, or apples which have fallen off the trees. Also, they can eat those black walnuts/hickory nuts so easily- i have such a hard time cracking one!
Our small orchard has apples, peaches and pears, and our property has crab apple trees dotted over it, no doubt planted by the birds. We use organic orchard fungicide to prevent rust on our trees. Blackberries, raspberries, elderberries and hazelnuts grow in and beside our Kitchen garden. The chickens and ducks forage and eat every bug they can find. Blueberries we have found hard to keep. The goats have a knack of finding them and devouring the plants. Maybe we could build a Fort Knox Blueberry pen this year (2018). Update: we did manage to grow blueberries safely in their Fort Knox goat free pen!
We also grow medicinal and culinary herb: many medicinal herbs grow wild here, Nettle, Burdock, Poke, Comfrey, Golden Seal, Mullein, Red clover, Dandelion, Chickweed and Yarrow, and more. Culinary herbs include Basil, Sage, Oregano, Parsley, Rosemary, Thyme, as well as edible flowers, Borage, Nasturtium, Calendula, Violets, Wild rose, Anise Hyssop, Bergamot, Chive, Dill, Lavender and the flowers of the culinary herbs.
Meat goats, bees and Maple syrup are in our future and maybe even Birch syrup as there are many Birch trees here.
We are also Hipcamp hosts, you will find us as ‘Find Your Muse’ on their website: https://www.hipcamp.com/massachusetts/rosygoatfarm/find-your-muse-camping