I recently had a super fun and awesome opportunity to be featured on the Learn Laugh Leap podcast alongside our yoga instructor, Mazie Gengler. We cover a whole lotta fun facts about our background, Nigerian Dwarf goats, how they do yoga and why their milk is nutritious and delicious!
Spring is near, the babies are going to start arriving in a couple weeks!
Around this time of year, we start getting requests from people wanting to come visit the baby goats. When we started Wildroot Cove, we intended to share it with others, it was not meant to be kept to ourselves.
With that being said, I respond to these requests optimistically. We are grateful to have something unique to connect us to others.
In all reality, as much as we would love to meet every single one of these requests, some will go unmet and these are the reasons why.
Our nieces and nephews come first. They will grow up knowing that Wildroot Cove is practically their own. Even if they visit frequently, they still get the first-in-line perks.
We have safety precautions - Many people don’t realize this, but the bacteria you bring in on the bottom of your shoes could potentially do a lot of damage to a herd of goats. We have safety measures that we take and part of that includes minimizing traffic in and out of the barn. As some of the goats will be re-homed to other farms, we still take care of those animals as if they are our own. This may lead to a decision of not taking in any farm visits while they are in our care.
We underestimated how much work baby goats can be! We joke it is like having a herd of newborn human babies. The stress of nursing an animal back to health last year lead us to the decision of no more farm visits for that season.
Life is busy. We never want to spread ourselves so thin that we just maintain what we have. We want our animals to receive our best care possible and we also want to grow in other ways toward a sustainable life.
If you do visit Wildroot Cove…
We request farm visits are kept to a 45-minute duration. This way, we can go about our daily chores without skipping a beat.
If you have visited another farm or zoo in the last six months, please refrain from wearing that pair of shoes.
Please watch your kids. Children are not allowed to hold the baby goats and we will not force interaction. If a child is failing to respect these rules, they will be asked to leave the pen. We learned some lessons the hard way and even though kids mean well, accidents happen.
Options to see goats or other animals…
If you really want to come visit, signing up for goat yoga has been a great opportunity for us to be able to share all of this with others! We even offer goat yoga for kids as well! This way you are also supporting us! All our proceeds from goat yoga go right to the animals to provide food and hay, supplements, vet bills, shelter, etc.
If you are looking for a petting zoo, we are actually not a petting zoo. But a wonderful petting zoo called Fawn-Doe-Rosa is well worth the drive! They have deer that will walk up to you and eat out of your hand, along with baby goats, bunnies, miniature pony rides, etc.
We dove into the deep end and reserved two bred goats before we even had a barn. We had less than five months to build the barn, install the fence, build hay feeders and gather supplies before the goats delivered.
8 p.m. would roll around and most evenings in our first years of parenting, Tyson and I would be able to relax and sit on the couch. I remember the night we felt like we were wasting time sitting there night after night watching TV. Not that anything is wrong with that – but we wished we shared an interest or hobby together. We knew that starting a homestead would mean work and there would be days we would have to trade in that down time, but we agreed it would be worth it because we would be doing it together.
A couple years ago, Tyson and I were reading You and Me Forever by Francis and Lisa Chan, a study on changing our marriage to be more eternally-focused. As I started the first chapter, an old friend lost her life to cancer. Finishing up the last chapter, another friend passed away in a tragic accident. Both women were young moms just as I am. Both deaths were bittersweet as we can celebrate they are with their Savior. The point is... eternity.
Halfway through getting my ombré hairstyle touched up, my dear friend and hairstylist asked me, “do you and Tyson ever consider moving?” I responded, “No, we will not move any time soon...” as we were very comfortable and happy with our life the way it was, “but in another life, I would be a goat farmer.” The truth is I had been daydreaming about this scene in my head that I never even mentioned to my husband because it was simply not our life and at the time, I was ok with that.
I recognize this look we are giving each other from the monumental moments. The "I'm so excited but what did we just do?" look. I've seen it when we bought our first home, when Tyson started his first day at a new job after years of schooling and unpaid internships, when we brought home a baby and of course the time we welcomed two goats into our lives.
Landing ourselves on a larger piece of property also put us about 20+ minutes away from everything. I will often hear from my backseat, "I see hay bales, we’re almost home!" I like to imagine the world through her eyes and think about the moments she will cherish when she thinks back on her childhood. Hay will certainly play a significant role. Kenley loves the smell of hay. She will spend hours in the barn sifting through a bale to find the strands of timothy grass that the goats love. She knows she is close to home when she sees it outside her window.