Moo Dog at Buckwheat

Goats in Pen

Everybody’s lining up to see the new article about Buckwheat Bridge Angoras by Moo Dog Knits.

We met the folks from Moo Dog at a fiber festival last fall. Photographer Anders visited with us earlier this year. The result is a 3 part series about the farm. Check back from time to time for the next installment !

Roving

Spinners tell us our roving is a delight to spin. Kid mohair and Cormo combined are the reason. Soft and silky. Our multicolored rovings are dyed in the wool, then carded to produce fiber that glides through your fingers with ease. See all of our roving colors at our first show of the year, The Chancellor’s Sheep and Wool Showcase, Saturday April 21st at Clermont State Park.

Windmill – Another Perspective

So, as we mentioned the other day – we have this windmill. Here it is on the perimeter of one of our pastures. These boys really do not seems too taken with the thing, They are much more interested in the photographer standing right next to their feed troughs.
People have asked us if the windmill is loud. I can assure you it is not. If the wind is blowing with enough force to cause the turbine to generate electricity all you hear is the sound of the wind – no turbine noise at all.
When the idea of the windmill being erected on our farm was brought into the public domain – which was only necessitated by the local zoning rules restricting the height of the windmill to 100 feet – by our application for an area variance, some neighbors closed ranks, passed a petition, contacted newspapers and government offices and did most everything they could think of to stymie the effort. A number of those neighbors have since stated that ” it’s not nearly as bad as we thought” and “it’s not that big”. Not a resounding endorsement but none-the-less possibly an acknowledgment that maybe they really had not gathered all the info necessary to evaluate the project before establishing a stance “against”. It’s important to mention this because …unless more of us take a serious look at “alternatives” we may find ourselves in quite a mess here on planet Earth in a few year’s time. And that’s about as political as I intend to get.
Buckwheat Bridge Angoras is now, most likely, the only farm in the USA that grows and processes all it’s own animal fiber using exclusively solar and wind produced alternative energy. I think that goat just might be smiling !

Windmill Installed


WE’LL HAVE TO SEE WHICH WAY THE WIND BLOWS

After a long and arduous process ( almost 4 years if you can believe it !) Buckwheat Bridge Angoras wind generator was installed in mid-September. The installation took about a week once the foundation was in place. With a tower of 100 ft in height and a blade length of 40 feet, the turbine rests at just about 120 feet above ground level. We are grateful to have this project completed and now that I have finally recovered my password for access to this blog, I’ll be updating shortly with what’s new around here.
Coming up next : A new litter of Maremma pups whelped 10/9/10. They are just four weeks old and “on the move”. Pictures coming soon !