2011 December 31 Saturday
We still love making the short road trip over to Mississippi from New Orleans to visit our favorite farm and play with the goats and chickens and geese and get our dose of the great life. And of course we make sure we buy some fresh goat's milk! Janet Cooper's farm is so clean, the animals are so healthy and happy and free, even the roosters don't fight with each other! Today she had a mama goat in labor, due any hour. That poor dear looked like she could have four babies inside her huge belly. Janet told us that last year she delivered five, all healthy and good-sized. Oh, my thoughts were with that sweet mom, there's no greater task than that when it's time to give birth. There were also several 'kids' a few weeks old, playful and sociable. And Dumbo (named for his very long ears) is an eight-year-old male. He is still fathering babies, but Janet keeps him away from the younger males, as they are eager to jump on him and let him know he's got some serious competition now.
Others might prefer shopping or watching sports, but our dogs and we thought this road trip, with a stop at a local wilderness area for a fun walk, were just a great way to close 2011 and prepare for the new year! Enjoy the photos and video. We did!
2011 May 06
Not your usual field trip in ecology, but we were determined to find a place somewhere in the Gulf where we could see humane, ecologically sound small, family-run dairy farms. And we were hoping we might obtain some raw goat's or cow's milk ourselves, since it is not legal in most Gulf states to sell raw dairy products in retail stores. (That is only legal in a few states of the U.S. -- California, Washington, Nebraska among them.) We found what we were looking for by going to a helpful website: www.realmilk.com. There were lots of such farms in Mississippi! We set off for Saucier, MS, which was just a short drive north from the beach of Gulfport, and were not disappointed. We came home with several gallons of the most delicious fresh raw goat's milk from goats we visited for quite a while -- and whose babies from this year amused us no end.
The farms here are lush with green grass and rolling acreage. We found them to be clean and well-managed. The goats had plenty of room, lots of fresh grass, and they looked very healthy and happy. It was easy to imagine retiring to a place like that someday!