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
As much as I love spring peas, and summer tomatoes, nothing really compares with the warm, rich flavors, and aromas, of fall. When it comes to the kitchen, fall is most definitely my favorite time of year, as the chilly autumn months herald the arrival of peak apple season!...Read More
As mentioned in this post, during late summer and fall in this area there is a relative dearth of nectar available for our honeybees, as they depend heavily on native forage. One of the best native nectar sources this time of year for honey bees is Coyote Brush (Baccharis...Read More
There’s no question that since their arrival the goats have become the focal point of the farm. A lot has changed here over the last couple of years, and our life now is very much planned around the goat year. As our small herd slowly expands we find ourselves...Read More
I realize that I’ve posted about writing spiders before, so for more information about their feeding habits, and web construction, you can see the previous post here. However, this morning I encountered not one, but TWO species of Argiope spiders, suspended in their...Read More
A few weeks ago a couple of young does caught my attention when they came up for sale. Unfortunately, my timing was a little off, and by the time I inquired, both had just been sold. A little disappointing, but then I reminded myself that we still have a few pending kid...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.