255: Gianaclis Caldwell on Holistic Goat Care.
Considering the whole picture of raising goats and their benefits.
In addition to actively managing their dairy goats, Gianaclis is the main cheesemaker, milker and owner of Pholia Farm, a licensed dairy located on 24 acres she grew up on in southern Oregon. Her farm is well known for its artisan, aged raw milk cheeses; classes on small-dairy, goat husbandry, and cheesemaking at all levels; and its off-grid, sustainable life-style focus.
She is the author of many books including Holistic Goat Care, Mastering Basic Cheesemaking, The Small-Scale Cheese Business, and often writes and photographs for Culture – The Word on Cheese magazine. Gianaclis and her husband Vern own and run Pholia, where they are raising their daughters Phoebe and Amelia.
In This Podcast:
Raising goats in a holistic and nurturing manner is second nature to Gianaclis Caldwell. She shares with us some uplifting and useful advice on caring for these unique farm animals, including the three most important things to know about them. She also tells how she and her husband started their dairy farm from scratch and off-the-grid, raised their family, and now they host guests who get to know the intricacies of goat farming. This is a great resource for anyone considering raising goats.
Listen in and learn about:
- Moving back to 24 acres from her childhood and starting anew off-the-grid
- How they named the farm
- Starting a goat dairy
- Artisan cheese and being in the beginning of a new revival
- Getting started in her writing
- Raising goats as organic as possible
- Learning from mistakes
- Living off-the-grid in a high-tech manner
- Making choices for appliances and building design based on being off the grid
- How she decided the format and what should be included in her goats
- A light history on goats
- Keeping the goats in an unfenced pasture
- How the goats follow someone they trust when hiking
- FarmStay at Pholia thru Airbnb (Rogue River, Eco FarmStay)
Producer’s note: Here is the link to Scottie Jones’ Podcast
- Classes on butchering even though she is a vegetarian
- Why to get pairs
- What to consider when getting a buck goat
- Goat babies that come in litters
- Her herd now that her kids are grown
- Goats are herd animals
- Housing and shelter considerations – especially in wet climates
- Diet considerations and mineral needs
As well as:
- Her failure – losing an animal is part of the life on a goat farm
- Her success – going forward through failures, and being able to raise their daughters on the farm from an early enough age to cherish life
- Her drive – her sense of mortality and realizing life is short
- Her advice – Don’t expect to learn everything to start, expect to keep learning
Gianaclis’s Book recommendations:
Heidi (Puffin in Bloom) by Johanna Spyri
All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot
How to reach Gianaclis:
Producer’s note: Here is Gianaclis’s next podcast on Basic Cheese Making