At Sunny Truth Farm our goal is to raise animals in a way that is beneficial for both the animals and the environment.
Animals on the Farm
We wanted goats from the beginning. Not only did we want the goats for milk but we also knew that they would be helpful in our land management ideas for the farm. We decided on Lamancha and Alpine dairy goats to start our herd. Both breeds have a fairly mellow temperment and are good milk producers. The inspiration for our farm name came from our first two goats, Sunny and Truth, seen below.
Moving to a larger piece of land we wanted more grazers, especially ones that were easy to move so we could manage the land with a light impact. Hair Sheep were the perfect option. We had rescued and raised 2 before and knew what to expect. We do raise them for both meat and land management. The sheep have a great temperment, are easy to herd, and add a peaceful presence to the farm. Our current sheep are Moon, Brownie, Muffin, Star, and Cloud.
So our original plan before we even bought the farm was to have chickens. We wanted breeds that were both good egg layers and potential meat chickens too. We decided to have a variety of breeds to see what we liked. We started with Marans, Rhode Island Reds, New Hampshire Reds, and Barred Rocks. We have 30 hens and 2 roosters. All of the roosters are Marans. The chickens are rotated through the pasture following the goats with the goal of pest management as well as giving them fresh areas to forage.
Our guard dog, Lulu. Protects the animals and the children. She follows us on all our hikes and adventures.