Inevitably, the herd outgrew the farm, and a few years later the farm was relocated from Scotts Valley, to nearby Ben Lomond. A truly special place, with abundant blackberry, redwood, and madrone, which the goats relished.
Unfortunately, due to a historic wildfire in the region, that tore through the majority of the farm, claiming the lives of some truly special animals, leveling barns, the workshop, fencing, and water infrastructure on the evening of August 20, 2020, we and herd were displaced for three months to the Santa Cruz County fairgrounds. A number of our friends and acquaintances lost homes during the fire, that burned through more than 86,000 acres, and burned 1401 structures.
As we continued to watch the north end of the State burn, we questioned the sanity of remaining in California, and after much soul-searching, and consideration, we chose to follow some good friends eastward, and move ourselves, and the herd, 3000 miles, to a beautiful farm in Catlett, Virginia, in the fall of 2021.
As a result of the fire, we took a hiatus from breeding for the first time ever, during the 2021 season, while we prepared ourselves, and the herd, for the big move. We intend to pick up where we left off prior to the fire, and resume normal breeding operations in the fall for spring 2022 kidding once the herd has settled into their new home.