Having just officially entered our fourth year of drought, a recent series of Pacific storms have had many Californians jumping for joy, myself included. In our last post the farm was in the midst of one such storm. Once the rain ceased, we were already preparing for the next...Read More
An essential part of any nutrition plan for goats is access to free-choice supplemental minerals, to aid in the prevention of various nutrient deficiencies. It is especially important to source mineral mixes that are formulated specifically for goats, as they have higher...Read More
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
a small organic farm and native garden located on California's Central Coast
Founded in 2007, Curbstone Valley Farm is a small private family farm. Situated on seven-and-a-half secluded woodland acres in the Santa Cruz Mountains, along California’s Central Coast, the property is located in USDA Zone 9b (Sunset Western Garden Zone 15). The terrain here is challenging to farm, and steeply sloped, changing in elevation by more than 300 feet. Flanked by two creeks, and surrounded by mature native Redwood, Fir, Madrone and Oak, the setting here is truly peaceful, and beautiful.
The farm’s focus is centered around a small herd of ADGA and AGS registered Nigerian Dwarf dairy goats. Our principle breeding goals are focused toward excellence in dairy production, while maintaining correctness, and soundness, in conformation. In addition to attending various shows each season, the herd participates in continuous DHI 305-day milk test, and Linear Appraisal. Our herd is tested annually for CAE, CL, and Johne’s Disease.
We maintain an heirloom open-pollinated kitchen garden, and an heirloom orchard. Areas outside the fenced gardens are planted with a variety of California native plants, and deer-resistant, drought tolerant, flowering annuals and perennials, to encourage a diverse array of pollinators to the farm. To protect our waterways, and the farm’s resident wildlife, all of our gardens are grown without the use of pesticides, herbicides, or synthetic fertilizers.