Since the middle of last week sleep has become a rare commodity on the farm, as our 2014 kidding season has officially begun! By late in her pregnancy Castle Rock Royalia was looking like she was going to burst. Lia is the longest bodied doe in our herd, and until the last 3-4...Read More
It’s no secret that California is now rushing headlong into its third year of drought. Hills and fields that should be emerald green at this time of year are still end-of-summer brown. Headlines are filled with stories about water districts implementing mandatory...Read More
Our Mushroom Monday posts have been scant for the last year, and with good reason. In the midst of a drought, with no rain forecast through at least the end of the first week of January, 2013 has now been officially ruled as the driest year on record in the San Francisco, and...Read More
A few weeks ago the goats overheard Farm Woman say that Christmas was cancelled! It’s been a hectic year, and already working on next year’s events and planting schedules, apparently she’s just too tired to muster up enough holiday spirit for decorating trees,...Read More
In early October, Lotus, Lia, and Minnie were each bred to their respective dates for the season. Now with breeding season (hopefully) over we’ve been waiting, for approximately six weeks, to confirm pregnancies. There are a number of methods of determining whether or not...Read More
Fall is breeding season for the goats, and our does have all been on their respective dates in the last month. We’ll be doing ultrasounds to confirm pregnancies very soon, and if everyone has settled, next spring we expect to not only have more baby goats on the farm, but...Read More
a small organic farm and native garden located on California's Central Coast
Curbstone Valley Farm is a small private family farm located in the Santa Cruz Mountains, along the coast of Central California. We’re located in USDA Zone 9b (Sunset Western Garden Zone 15). The Farm is situated on seven-and-a-half secluded woodland acres. We maintain an heirloom open-pollinated kitchen garden, an orchard with a number of heritage fruit varieties, and native plant gardens. The Farm is home to a variety of heritage breeds of chickens, and heritage turkeys, honey bees, and a small herd of ADGA and AGS registered Nigerian Dwarf goats.
The farm is home to a small herd of registered Nigerian Dwarf dairy goats. We love this small dairy breed both for its milking efficiency, and milk quality. Although this is a small breed in stature, Nigerian Dwarf goats are not short on personality, and their small size makes them very easy to handle, even for young children. Our breeding goals are focused toward excellence in milk production, and correctness in conformation. To help us achieve those goals, beginning in 2014 our herd will be enrolled in both DHIR 305-day milk test, and linear appraisal. Our herd members are registered with both ADGA, and AGS, and tested annually for CAE, CL, and Johne’s Disease.
All of our gardens are grown organically, without the use of pesticides, herbicides, or synthetic fertilizers, and we are now producing all of our compost for the farm on site. Most of our plants are propagated on site in our garden area greenhouse. The kitchen garden is situated on challenging terrain, with poor hillside soils. As a result, our herbs and vegetables are grown primarily in raised beds. In addition to the heirloom open-pollinated vegetables in the kitchen garden, this area is also planted with a variety of flowering herbs, and native plants, to encourage honey bees, and native insects, to frequent the garden areas for pollination.