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Baby Goatsss!!!

It is here, that beautiful time in the season when the the baby goats arrive!! How can you resist two delicate pounds of spunk?? We are so grateful to our friends over at Little Avalon Farm who allowed us to pop in for one of their births this year. They have incredible holistic skills I am so grateful to be learning, and this of course applies to birth! Here you will find loving care from Little Avalon’s whole family (people, livestock guardians, and goat herd included) all gather around in support of the birthing does. So beautiful to watch the love turn to excitement as we all bounce around the kids (baby goats) entering this world!

This photo was snapped of V’s first baby goat siting. I was not able to see it, but am so thankful for the captured memory!
Thank you Megan @ Little Avalon!                                                                  

This beautiful doe, Penny, had a long labor. After some assistance from her human momma in turning an ill positioned kid, she birthed 4 beautiful healthy babies! We loved Penny so much, we squealed with joy  when she came available this spring to add to our farm! And of course, how can you buy just one more? Her friend Esme, who was also in labor that day, will be coming home with us, too! These are incredibly hardy and productive bloodlines we couldn’t resist adding to our farm!

And, speaking of which, how could we say no to this little buckling? He is a powerhouse of milking genetics with a momma described by Little Avalon as the perfect homesteading goat. Momma Cleo is a wonderful, hearty doe with a beautiful strong body, incredible milk production, mothering skills, and sweet to boot. Excitedly we said yes! to bringing him home to add to our breeding program.

Check out the rest of Little Avalon’s kids available over on their website! Quality stock for your family homestead or breeding program!

http://www.littleavalonfarm.com

Our existing girls were bred earlier this year and due in June! We are over the moon in anticipation to welcome our first babies to the farm! A combination of my love for birth and love for goats seems to be the magical formula!! Goat midwifing, here I come!!

And last but not least, our lavender maran decided to join the egg laying crew!! Look at this beautiful dark color!! Yes they do all taste the same, but the color fun sure brings a smile to my face!

We are gearing up for a big hatching season this year and expect to have lots of baby chicks, baby ducks and baby goslings! All of our birds are in full mating swing around here, diligently seeking those perfect nests. Be sure to follow along with us!

Much love from Gratitude Farm <3

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    Elderberry Syrup

    Today we are making elderberry syrup! Every fall we forage our own elderberries, it’s a lot of fun to get in the woods with a purpose. We remove stems and leaves, wash and freeze to use as needed during cold and flu season. Here is a simple recipe to make your elderberry syrup at home. We often double or triple out batch, depending on illness severity and number of people sick. Elderberry is a powerful preventive and treatment for common cold and flu. 

    1 cup frozen elderberries

    1 cup filtered water

    1 tsp cinnamon

    1/4 tsp ground clove

    1 tbsp fresh ginger or 1 tsp powdered ginger

    1/2 cup of honey

    Combine all except for honey in a pot- bring to a simmer. Simmer on low for about 45 minutes, or until liquid is reduced by half. Remove from heat and allow to cool until berries can comfortably be handled. Strain berries using a fine mesh colander or cheese cloth. Compost all seeds and solids. To elderberry juice, add honey and stir. Enjoy a warm teaspoon and refrigerate remainder. Should keep for months.

    Adults drink 1 tablespoon, kids (1 year old and over) 1 teaspoon daily as preventative. Increase to every two hours during illness. Be well ♥️

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    The story behind the soup

    I know, I know, another social media food picture. But this soup is special. You see, we picked up the chicken when it was just a day old and hand raised it with love all summer long. Together as a family we humanely butchered. Today we enjoy home raised chicken soup, homemade bone broth, and all veggies and herbs fresh from the garden. This is my dream. Healing, happy, healthy food.

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    Fall Equinox

    As we celebrated the first day of fall yesterday, this was the moment. My daughters and I headed to our beautifully forested back yard for a walk. My girls are so zen in the woods and we both needed the peace from the witching hour. As I grabbed my carrier for my almost one year old, my three year old chittered with glee as she ran to grab her ‘backpack’ too. With all 50 pounds of them strapped to me, I grabbed a lock of courage as we set out. On our loop we hit this small stretch of trail that is my personal favorite. My 3 year whispered in my ear, mommy, run!! I laughed at her ha no way I can run with you too. So she begged to get down. I took her down, and she bolted, barefoot, down the hill, shining with pure wild freedom and happiness. That is the magic. Our fierce protector trotted after her. This was my most treasured moment

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    Nature truly is the medicine.

    The last couple weeks have been particularly trying with kids. Cranky people and lack of sleep are wearing. I decided after a rough start to get moving and get outdoors. Instant cure. I am so beyond grateful to be able to walk out my back door and touch nature. It calms every one of us. ✨
    I adore the seasons and am looking forward to the more simple, cozy days of fall. Each changing has its own new beauty to reveal. ✨
    This is a photo of my daughter this morning enjoying digging in the dirt, looking up, and exclaiming with glee ‘Mom! Moon!’