Way back in 2012, just a few years into our adventure with fainting goats, an adorable blonde baby girl was born to our miniature Chocolate Truffle.  Her father was my beloved heart-buck Dreamer, the first goat born at Oak Hill.  Dreamer carried some precious old southern lines like Redbud Eight, Well's Burke, Brassring Wells, ET3 and more.
We offered that little girl for sale.  Over the years, she made the rounds and lived at 3 different farms, finally landing in a neighboring state.  I was so excited for the opportunity to buy one of her kids from Tom and Beth, her new people.  Somehow it just never worked out with the moves and farm restructuring.
And then the fire happened.
When friends put the word out that we had decided to rebuild, Tom and Beth offered Latte and her son O'Malley, as a gift to bring back some of our original lines.
Latte and O'Malley were delivered this weekend.
Sadly, Tom wasn't here to see it happen.  Tom passed very suddenly from cancer.   His kindness, and Beth's, will never be forgotten.
Here she is with O'Malley last year, just before weaning.
Welcome back Latte.  It's so good to have you here.
 

Camping reopens in April!

We have added farmstay packages for the 2022 camping season.
Guests can book a farmstay at one of our 3 secluded campsites and participate in our daily farm chores and activities, such as gardening or taking care of the animals.  As a bonus, guests can bring some fresh produce or eggs back to their campsite to enjoy.
In addition, farmstay guests can join one of the daily tours.  Choose between Playtime With Rare Goats, Meet the Jilfan Malabar Arabians, or Bond With Rescued & Retired Horses.
We hope to see some of you here this season to try out our new farmstay package!
Book Your Farmstay
Arlo is here!
Notes from the farm -
Here we are, already a week into March.  This winter just flew by.  Of course, up here, winter comes late and true spring probably won't be here until at least April.
But the robins are fighting for territory.  There are peepers.  The Canada geese have arrived and are deciding whether to nest on our pond.
The ducks are courting and starting nests.
The chickens are laying again.  And with enthusiasm.  Please pass along your favorite breakfast egg recipes, as we have a LOT of eggs to eat.
The horses are starting to shed, as are the goats and pups.
With this break in the weather comes projects.  In the last week we set up a new horse pen and new buck pen for tours.  The pallets are laid out to start a second goat hay feeder this week.  Various designs for portable grazing for the bucks are under consideration.  We have at least 2 chicken tractors to build, plus a duckling pen.  The winter damage to the pasture rotation fences must be repaired as soon as the ground thaws enough.
The rest of the barn wreckage must be cleared and hauled away.
And if we can get everything built and set up, we are hoping to add rabbits this year.  We will post more in another newsletter, God willing, about the breeds we chose and the design we are working on.
And then there's the sheep.  We have plans to try out some heritage sheep.  Also to be discussed in a future newsletter.
Meanwhile there's a bottle baby Golden Guernsey buckling scheduled for April.
And at least one more surprise.
Amidst all of the above, campsites must be prepped to reopen in 3 weeks, and horses gotten back into shape for the reopening of Supervised Riding and Horse Hikes.
April is usually the month of garden planning, with planting starting in May.  We will see how big the farm team is this year before making decisions about the gardens' sizes and contents.
So that's life at Barakah Farm right now.  What a blessing.  We hope to see you here this season.
Make time to smell the flowers
Carrie and Khalil
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