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Maagical Solstice: A Member’s Experience

By farm family member, Ashley Hirsh

ash with goat.jpgI grew up in a conventional American household in Las Vegas, Nevada. The nutrition of my youth was S.A.D. (Standard American Diet.) Meals came out of boxes or cans and our idea of a refreshing beverage was an ice cold Pepsi. When I left home and began my journey across the country and back again I learned a lot about healthy lifestyle. I longed to live in a community that valued slow food and connection to the Earth. When I arrived in Mount Shasta, I knew I had found such a place and celebrating the Summer Solstice at Maagic Mountain Farm on June 21st felt like part of a dream come true.

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My family enjoyed our three minute walk to Maagic Mountain Farm and arrived at 8:30am to find an already festive gathering. Friends and neighbors chatted around bistro tables graced by bright calendula bouquets. The spread of farm fresh victuals was astonishing! Hard boiled chicken and duck eggs, fresh baked bread, homemade goat cheese, butter, and yogurt, sun ripened cherries, sticky sweet preserves, crumbly buttered scones… AND LATTES… made by goats… with help from Leslie.

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I stood transfixed, coffee cup in hand, waiting for the “melted ice cream goat” to take the milking stand. Once in position, I handed over my mug and in a few squeezes had a foamy, creamy, and delicious latte straight from the udder, quite a marvel for this city born girl with a country heart! I savored my beverage while my two year old enthusiastically accepted the responsibility of goat brushing. If you are a parent, you know what a miracle it is to enjoy a hot cup of coffee and have your child otherwise occupied…

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I can’t explain how grateful I am for the blessing of this farm and the joy we feel participating in it. Knowing there are people like the Ellorin Family working in an open-hearted, labor of love, community centered way makes the future feel brighter than many would have us believe. In the moments when I get caught up in what is going on “out there” it helps to remember the people doing good work right here in our neighborhood. No matter what we are going through, good people doing good work persist and there is always Maagic just around the corner.

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Girl Scouts Name Clover

The Girl Scouts came out and we had a great time playing on the farm.  The girls toured everything from the compost to the beehives to the milkstall.The girls tried hand milking and held baby goats.

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They enjoyed spending time in the field brushing them and playing.  They asked many questions and had a great time checking everything out.  After a good handwashing, we tasted many of the farm food produced by the animals.

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At the end of their visit, they came to me with a suggestion…

“We think you should name this baby goat Clover.”  They continued to explain back to me what they had learned, “Her mom is Daisy, her aunt is Sweet Pea, Grandma is Buttercup…We think her name should be Clover!”

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And so it is…Daisy’s doeling is named Clover!

Golden Eagle Charter School Visits

Golden Eagle Charter School came out a couple times this year offering grades K-5th an opportunity to learn how family scale food production is done.  They learned how all the animals have their jobs on the farm:

Goats – Landscapes, weed eradicators, providers of meat and milk and lots of fun

Chickens – Compost turners, waste and bug eaters, egg and meat providers

Ducks – Waterway cleaners, bug eaters, and egg providers

Dogs – Farm security and doorbell service

Cat – Rodent control and feed protection patrol

Bees – Pollinators and honey producers

Microbes and other unseen creatures – Work their magic to turn waste to black gold

Humans – Pay the bills, feed and water where necessary, and keep everyone happy

Everyone feeds each other here…One creature’s waste is another’s food and we just keep feeding each other!

“Milking is fun!”

2015 Spring Birthing Season is Complete

Valentine delivered 2 healthy kids on March 26th.  The doeling and bucking are so cute and just starting to really jump around.  Come play on Saturday, April 4.

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This was the last birth until next August/September and so the herd is settling in with the new little ones. Most of these kids have or will move on to other homes but I do plan to keep one or two does through to next season for replacement does.

2015 Kidding Recap:

Tink delivered 2 kids January 10 – Melba (female two-tone) and Flash (Male with spots)

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Glinda delivered 2 kids January 11. One doeling and one buckling that moved to Mendocino County with a sweet family.  They were purchased by the oldest daughter about 12 years old, building her family’s herd.

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On March 8, Bobbin and Roadie, best friends forever, delivered on the same day. Bobbin had 4 with ease in about 15 minutes.  About 2 hours later Roadie experienced over an hour of stressed labor and delivered 1 huge buckling, immediately named Legs.  Bobbin decided four was too many kids to take care of so she stopped feeding all of them on their 3rd day. They were sold quickly to a family in Klamath Falls excited to bottle feed.

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Then second to last, Spots delivered 3 kids on March 10th.  She delivered 2 females and 1 male.  I am almost certain I will be keeping the light colored doe from Spots.

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Kids get big so fast!

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On February 9 & 10th the two sets of twins will be one month old already.  They are all over the place cruising the farm as the choose.  Kids can get through all the farm fencing and roam as they choose.  Last week they were hanging out in the tree and leaping on logs.  The big girls go crazy jealous watching the kids roam free-range.  One might wonder if I worry about them running away, but there is nothing to fear.  These kids don’t stray far from mom and no goat likes to leave the presence of the herd…unless of course they are birthing.

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