Alva Island Family Farm
It’s not every day that we get to visit a family farm on an island… their very own island. It was such a treat for us.
The family raises honeybees and goats on the island farm. They have honey and goats to sell most of the year.
This is where we’re getting the latest additions to our family… two baby Nigerian dwarf goats. Only one has been born and we’re still waiting on the other one.
The Nigerian dwarf goat is a liliputian dairy goat. The females (does) only reach 17″-19″ in height and the males (bucks) only reach up to 21″ when they’re fully grown. That’s only up to our knees. They do get wide though, especially when pregnant. This special and rare breed has been approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a livestock dairy goat, which makes them eligible for our 4-H projects. Both my kids want to show their goats in 4-H. I’m sure my 3-year-old will knock their socks off with her husbandry skills in the pee-wee division. Nigerian dwarf goats can produce a lot of milk for their size… up to 2 quarts per day. Their milk is known to be higher in butterfat than other goat breeds and taste sweeter. These goats are gentle, lovable and playful with the sweetest personalities.
If you would like to see how they got their goats onto the island, check out their website at AlvaIslandFarm.com.
Come grow with us!