Our Father’s Gift Update:
As of right now, we do not have any livestock on the farm. I spent this summer working with a Christian Veterinary mission in Mongolia and I’m supper excited to be going back to Mongolia in the future! This means that the livestock portion of our farm is on hold for now. We will still possibly be doing classes and other activities on the farm and as always I’m happy to share with anyone that has questions about livestock! I am so excited about this new opportunity, but I will of course miss the joys of raising my own livestock for a little while.
Our Father’s Gift Farm is located in beautiful middle Tennessee. We are a family run farm with a passion to raise quality animals, produce excellent products, and help educate others in homesteading and other skills we have learned in the over 14 years that we have been living this amazing life.
“Be sure you know the condition of your flocks, give careful attention to your herds.”
The animals on our farm are the true superstars. Our flock of Jacob sheep provide wool, meat, horns.
Our goats provide milk and meat and contribute their fun personalities to life on the farm. We also have an assortment of horses, chickens, and the occasional cow that are all important parts of the homestead.
We are very serious about providing the best care for all of our animal’s needs, both physical and mental, while treating them as naturally as possible. We avoid the use of medications, feed non-medicated feed, and only deworm as necessary. Our animals are raised on pasture with minimal grain fed. Our dairy goat herd has routine health testing done to ensure that the breeding animals we sell are free from major transmittable diseases.
“The lambs will provide you with clothing, and the goats with the price of a field. You will have plenty of goats’ milk to feed your family and to nourish your female servants.”
Our Jacob sheep provide a variety of amazing products. Each year the whole flock gets shorn and each animal provides a raw fleece that can be sold. Jacob sheep do not shed their wool naturally, so shearing is an essential part of the animal’s yearly care. Without shearing, they would suffer from heat in the summer and parasite infestation. After the wool is sheared, we can felt, spin, weave, crochet, or knit the wool.
Our goats provide our family with fresh milk daily which we can drink, or make into cheese, yogurt, ice cream, and many other amazing healthy dairy products.
We regularly select cull animals from our flock and herd to provide meat. Goat and sheep meat both taste amazing and don’t get the attention they deserve here in the United States. We also raise an occasional steer on our extra goat’s milk to provide a variety of meat.
“Instruct the wise and they will be wiser still; teach the righteous and they will add to their learning.”
We are passionate about promoting agriculture in our community and abroad. We have been active 4-H members and now 4-H alumni and enjoy teaching children and adults alike. We enjoy the opportunity to share the skills and knowledge we have with others and foster a love for animals and agriculture in an increasingly urban and suburban world. We also teach occasional classes here on the farm so like our facebook page to stay tuned for upcoming events.
*Photo Credit Wilson County Fair
Classes from Welch College