This morning was perhaps as near to perfect ‘salamander weather’ as one could hope to find mid-summer here along the coast. The coastal marine layer was so thick early this morning, there was actually some measurable precipitation. Not really enough to call it rain,...Read More
A few weeks ago while Lotus, Lia, and Minnie were all on imminent kidding watch, we brought a new junior herd sire to the farm. I admit that I have been epically remiss in introducing everyone to this new fine fellow, but between spring schedules, and wrapping up kidding...Read More
Last night Curbstone Valley Mariposa Lily presented us with triplets! Two doelings, and a buckling, bringing us to a total of 6 does, and 6 bucks, for the season. A 50:50 buck to doe ratio? I’m happy with that! Lily was bred to Castle Rock Abraham Darby back in October,...Read More
It’s now officially the first day of spring, and a perfect time to introduce you to the newest addition to the farm. Meet Castle Rock Neve Ice. Neve or Névé (pronounced nei-vei): Also called Firn. A snowfield at the head of a glacier that becomes transformed into ice....Read More
A couple of weeks ago we finally received more than five inches of rainfall, which helped to green up the goat pasture considerably. Suddenly though, the temperatures soared into the low 80′s over the weekend, which was a perfect opportunity for all of the goat kids to...Read More
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
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, with correctness in conformation. In addition to attending various shows each season, our herd also participates in DHI 305-day milk test, and Linear Appraisal dairy herd improvement programs. 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.