December 14, 2013
To connect with people who have similar interests, to learn, and to share my knowledge and experience.
I find it challenging and interesting to try to keep things on a sustainable scale as much as possible, and not over-produce meat, milk, or eggs. We try to create synergy between the various kinds of livestock and to improve the productivity of our land in order to minimize offsite inputs, though goodness knows our feed costs are pretty significant. We're also trying, with limited success, to increase production of fresh produce. Naturally, commuting and working full-time mean there is always room, but not always time, for improvement!
We live in the Martha Lake area of Lynnwood, in unincorporated Snohomish County between Mill Creek and I-5.
I have a lot of experience raising and utilizing different kinds of livestock on a small scale, in particular, Mini Lamancha dairy goats.
I've raised livestock in an urban or suburban setting since 1997, starting with chickens and goats near downtown Everett on a double city lot. We are lucky enough now to have an acre in the suburbs, and we've raised nearly every kind of livestock.