We moved to North Carolina from California in the fall of 1993. As the children were growing we enjoyed having a small hobby farm with horses, goats, chickens, ducks, a cow, and of course dogs and cats. After going through a divorce in 2003 I turned my focus on my passion for the animals. With the help of my children, grown by then, I designed, built and opened Pawsitively Pampurred, a small home-based dog boarding facility, in 2006; I have been licensed through the North Carolina Department of Agriculture since that time.
Throughout the years my consciousness of the quality of the food and medication we choose for ourselves, our families and our animals has become paramount. I have watched our own animals, as well as many of the animals I've cared for over the years, go through so much illness. In my opinion much of this illness was/is due to how our foods are grown, the preparation of commercial feeds, over medicating and vaccinations.
Over the past several years we have lost 2 of our pets to cancer and have seen so much sickness within our own family and friends. It was our horse's cancer, over a decade ago, that really changed the course of our lives. After much research we removed commercial feeds from her diet and fed only organic feed... she ate organic vegetables, fruits and seeds and organic oils, herbs, and spices. We allowed her to continue foraging in the pasture since we had never used synthetic herbicides, pesticides or fertilizers. Due to the costs associated with feeding a horse organically the only feasible way was to grow it ourselves. This is when we first started our organic gardening. She lived longer than anticipated and though the cancer ultimately took her from us we learned a lot along the way. Seeing how these foods and herbs had such positive effects on her we continued educating ourselves and have continued to educate ourselves each and every day since.
Our mindset had changed. We were starting from Square One.
We began living a more holistic lifestyle. Each day we strive to learn as much as we can about the foods and medicines we put in our bodies and give to our animals and are truly passionate about the healing powers of organically grown foods, herbs and spices and use them daily for ourselves and our animals.
We have become more and more aware of the importance of a good "clean" diet. What I mean by clean is without being chemical laden. Many of our store bought foods and even products purchased from many local farms have been treated in one way or another with chemical herbicides or pesticides. Some are even sprayed to look better on the grocery store produce shelves after traveling for days on a truck. In addition, many of our foods have been genetically modified. I don't know about you, but, when I eat a tomato I want to know it is a tomato that has been grown as a tomato without being modified. I want to know it is from Non GMO seed, and grown in healthy soil. I want to know that I can pick it off the vine and take a bite without being worried there is a poison on it.
This is the type of food I want for myself, my family and friends, my animals and my community.
Wanting to have a cleaner diet we decided to raise a few goats for fresh raw milk for our family. We decided on Nigerian Dwarf Goats and have never been happier. Our girls have provided us with the sweetest creamiest milk we have ever tasted. And because we know the land from which they eat has had no herbicides, pesticides, or synthetic fertilizers applied in over 25 years, and because we supplement with only organic products we are confident we are getting some of the purest milk possible. Click here to read an evidence based article on the benefits of goat milk.
We have now grown our herd and will soon be offering Herd Shares (hopefully in the spring of 2021) so our community can experience what our delightful little herd produces as well. Check out our Herd Shares page to learn more.
You'll find another evidence based article on the benefits of goat milk here.
Our Appaloosa , Crystal, lost to cancer.