Weekend - New Farm Name: "Life At No-Goat Farm"?


Perhaps this is what my town would like our little micro-farm to be called......No-Goat Farm.  We are not allowed to have goats.  Why you ask?  Oh, you'll love this.  The oh-so-lovely (sarcastic, of course) woman at the Zoning Board told me that in order to have a goat I must have 2 acres per goat.  I reminded her I am looking at  Dwarf goats, which really seemed to get her going.  Her response was a barking/unapologetic/bored answer of "ma'am, it doesn't matter.  Whether you want 2 rabbits, 2 dwarf (emphasis on the word) goats or 2 cows, you MUST have 2 acres per animal."  I briefly debated expressing my disbelief regarding the 2 acres for 2 rabbits but decided it wasn't in my best interest.  Particularly because I found it so ridiculous that it was actually humorous to me.  I thought better of it and resisted.  Instead, I thanked her for her time and she hung up on me before my sentence was complete.  Clearly she had better things to do for the day.  Can you imagine 2 rabbits on 4 acres?

The kicker is, that in the zoning literature it talks about how our town encourages farming practices including all homes in our town having the right to have smells/noise/dust, etc. from livestock.  Our town is small.  Very small.  I highly doubt there's even a lot of more than 10 acres which leads me to believe they really don't want livestock since a true "farm" would not be able to afford land to suffice 1 animal per 2 acres.

So, for now, while we live in this town anyway, no goats for us.

It's been a beautiful weekend here.  Sun shining, 40's - 50's for temperature, and snow is melting.  I'm even thinking of using the clothesline this week.

The chickens have been doing very well with egg production.  Jay credits this to his "production meeting" he claims to have had.  I credit it to more sunshine.  We'll agree to disagree.  I made homemade pizza this afternoon for lunch and there was a little crust left, so I brought them out to the girls.  They were so excited, it was like watching a football game and the crust pieces were the balls.  Those who initially grabbed the pieces took off running with the others right behind.  Next, the crust would be stolen because the girls who originally had them stopped to try and take a bite.  The new girls took off with all in tow.  This continued until finally a few of them were able to quickly choke down the last of the crust.  As I've said before, my girls love their carbs.

Jackson found himself in timeout this morning, but only once.  He wouldn't stop terrorizing Cait.  I'm sure she over-dramatized the whole event but, regardless, he wouldn't leave her alone.  Oliver continues to watch tv when it's on, in hopes of seeing his 2 favorite commercials.  Even when we go to bed, if Jay isn't tired and turns on the tv (worst mistake I made - agreeing to have a tv in the bedroom) Oliver has to be facing it so he can watch.  Yes, I believe the boy has a tv addiction.  Not Emerson.  If it's not food he just doesn't care.

I caught up on some cooking and baking this weekend.  I'll be posting the recipes for Stuffed Cabbage, Black-Bottom Cupcakes and Coffee Syrup this week.  I've got 1 more bag of frozen strawberries left from our garden last summer.  I'll be making the last of the Strawberry Shortcake Cake tonight.  The real Strawberry Shortcake season will be here before we know it!

Speaking of Spring coming, I've been looking for some new inspiring canning recipes and found what seems to be a wonderful book.  Canning For A New Generation by Liana Krissoff is the book and I can hardly wait to try some of the recipes.  She doesn't use commercial pectin at all.  She prefers green apples when additional pectin is needed and states that this enables her recipes to be lower in sugar.  Have any of you used this book?  I'd love to hear if you have.

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!!

12 comments:

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

I don't get some of the county rules either. Awhile back, a farmer in our county had a big fall out when the owners of the new homes that were built on the other side of his pasture complained about the smell from the cows. The county got involved, and guess what, thankfully the farmer gets to keep his cows. They knew they were there when they bought their house...As I said, I just don't get it...

tami said...

I wonder what would happen if you just did it anyway.

Unless your neighbors know about the 2 acre rule and complain, or unless you have Big Brother policing your every move what's the worst that could happen?

You could always sell the goat. Is there a financial penalty?

rugosarosefarm said...

Maybe they could count as "pets" not farm animals :D

TexWisGirl said...

sorry about the no-goats thing. seems a wee bit excessive, although it was probably instituted for good reason.

daisy said...

I guess you could try to get the rules changed, if you knew enough people who would back you up.

Sounds like a busy weekend!

That canning book sounds interesting. Hope you'll share your experience with it.
Enjoy your day!

Sue@CountryPleasures said...

Oh, this gets my goat!!! lol

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Thanks all for your comments. Yes, TexWisGirl, I'm sure it did in fact serve a purpose. It's just too bad it's not a case-by-case rule. Regarding getting them anyway, I won't go into it too much but I don't trust my neighbors. At all. Very passive aggressive. Also, I can't just sell an animal - I get way too attached and feel a huge responsibility for them. Daisy - I am working on feeling out how the town would take looking at my case. I do know someone who works for the town and I've asked advice of him. RugosaroseFarm - I asked that. The woman was not at all happy and responded "Pets are dogs and cats NOT goats". I wanted to ask - what about parrots, and guinea's, and ferrets, and.....but I decided not to. :-)

Dianne @ My Southern Heart said...

Shame on that woman! Two acres for a DWARF goat would be huge. They would be staying right where you are anyway. Maybe there is a way around this "rule" - hopefully you can find it. I love my Boer goats.

Elisha said...

yes on calling them PETS! i saw this on TV... in order for a CITY person to have a goat it had to be considereed a pet... which all they had to do was give it a name and it was considered a pet instead of a farm animal... id look into it just to SHOW That lady! :)

Erin said...

I feel your pain. In my little town of Sidney BC, we can't have chickens, bees or goats etc. you need such a large place, no one on a town lot could have anything. I am working on having that changed.
:-)

Shannon@Cozy Home Scenes said...

I was looking around at blogs and just came across your nice one. I like your recipes and other posts. I can relate to your problem concerning the goats. We live in a golf community and boy are they strict about everything. We are allowed only two animals of a kind such as dogs or cats. Well, don't tell anyone, but we have four dogs. They are indoor pets so no one sees them all at the same time. I am not usually brave enough to break rules but I love my pets. Good luck to you with your situation.------ Shannon

Jocelyn said...

I am sorry to hear that. I don't know where you are in NY, but in Orange County (the county below mine), most towns have ridiculously restrictive zoning laws. When we looked for a house, there were rules like "3 acres for chickens"--and of course, all lots were an acre or less. All I hear from farmers in that county is how that county is squeezing them out. It seems some counties are trying to go "high class" and farming isn't where it's at. It's horrible and makes me so angry, because it makes no sense.

I wish you luck.