Painted Hand Farm is a 20 acre Civil War era farm located in Cumberland county, Pennsylvania. We raise meat goats, veal calves, turkeys and organic vegetables using humane and sustainable agricultural practices.
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Monday, March 12, 2007
A Pair from Peaches
Good ol' Peaches--the matriarch of the herd and one of the farm's first does--stuck to her routine and birthed a strapping pair of twins during the afternoon warmth. I have no idea of her lineage, but she's a red and white doe who could have a little Spanish, maybe a Saanen and definitely some Boer. But for me, she's an awesome mother who always has multiples in excess of ten pounds each. Her offspring carry the same hardiness. This season, Peach gave us a buck and a doe. The buck is piebald with ears the same shade of light red as his dam's markings while the doe, is Boer correct with a jet black head and blaze on her face. In a day or two, we'll know if they are polled like Peaches. That would be a plus for the buck since he's a contender for one of Jess's 4-H projects, however, I prefer "handles" on all my girls for easier handling.
Sandra is a witty writer, farmer and damn good cook who has been slicing her finger open on the cutting edge of the sustainable agriculture and local foods movements for the last twenty five years. Her books, How to Sell At Farmers Market and How To Kiss A Chicken On The Lips will be published in Spring 2013.