Yesterday we took a road trip. 21 miles from our backdoor (thank you Google maps - there are shorter ways to get there!) to the Conway Family Farm near Camas, WA. On 5 acres the Conways have a herd of Nubian goats, 15 of which they milk every day. In the pristine working dairy they produce milk, cheese. The milk is also made into a wonderful goats milk soap. Some of the non-milking goats are harvested for meat which is processed at a local USDA certified butcher. The family is careful in their selection of a butcher following their beliefs and practice of dignity through out the life of their animals. I have to say that these are the happiest, most friendly, healthy goats I have ever seen.
There is a flock of around 27 laying hens. Five roosters (a by product of a class one of the daughters took) provide a background track for the visit.
A small flock of Border Leicester sheep provides wool for yarn.
Blueberries and lavender provide a seasonal cash crop.
Products created at The Conway Family Farm and for salae include
Direct marketed, USDA processed chevon
• Licensed Grade A raw goat milk dairy (fluid
milk, cheese, goat soaps, creams)
• Honey and beeswax candles
• Wool production with value-added yarn sales
• Blueberry production with U-pick blueberries,
jams and jellies
• Lavender production with cultivar sales, bath
and body products (lotions, perfume, soaps)
• Raised-bed vegetable garden produce
• Composted manure
• Fresh cut flower arrangements
• Agritourism events
All these products are available through the farm store comfortably located by the front driveway.
To learn more about the Conway Family Farm please go to http://www.conwayfamilyfarm.com/ and http://www.conwayfamilyfarm.com/Adobe/Small_Farm_News_Fall_09.pdf
We found this wonderful and informative tour through our Clark Co. Extension Office.
Gardening shows come and go. One of the newest is "Growing a Greener World" hosted by Joe Lamp’l, a.k.a. joe gardener of the "$25 garden Challenge" and “Garden Girl” Patti Moreno, and celebrity chef Nathan Lyon (host of Discovery Health and Fit TV’s hit series, A Lyon in the Kitchen is interesting and informative. You can find them at http://growingagreenerworld.com/ where full episodes, podcasts and more are readily available.