Mycoplasma, The Lurking Menace

Every few weeks I receive a phone call, email, or a FAX from someone in the US with a goat kid (dead or alive) with a diagnosed case of mycoplasma. They find me through finding online an article I wrote in 2008 about our experiences with the disease. I am sharing the article again hereContinue reading “Mycoplasma, The Lurking Menace”

Living Simple Ain’t Easy

We live a life that many would consider to be blissfully simple. Our electricity is generated by solar panels and a small micro-hydro power turbine run by our seasonal stream, Brown’s Gulch. We homeschooled our kids and live in a tiny cabin, augmented by a large, communal type space above our dairy barn. I don’t getContinue reading “Living Simple Ain’t Easy”

A Farm is Not a Peaceful Place

A Farm is Not a Peaceful Place There are times when our life is peaceful. But they are rare. Everyone wants something, or has something to share. The goats want to go for their walk or a hen has just laid an egg. The guardian dog sees a deer or the wild turkey has heardContinue reading “A Farm is Not a Peaceful Place”

I Don’t Wanna Be a Rock Star!

No “Rock Stars”, Please! Gianaclis Caldwell I have an issue with the current reverence that the term “rock star” is supposed to infer. I know, people are just trying to show their admiration, respect, whatever, but really, “rock star”? Our cheese has been called a rock star. We, as cheesemakers, here at Pholia Farm haveContinue reading “I Don’t Wanna Be a Rock Star!”

The Legend of Goat Milk as “The Most Complete Food Known”

The Urban (Rural?) Legend of Goat Milk “The Most Complete Food Known” Gianaclis Caldwell Okay, just Google it. “Goat milk complete food”. You will find the venerable Journal of American Medicine (JAMA) quoted repeatedly (I counted 14 different citations on the first two pages of searching) in such turns of phrase as “as the JournalContinue reading “The Legend of Goat Milk as “The Most Complete Food Known””

Keeping your Home Milk Supply Clean

Here is another article I wrote about a year ago.  I did a little study using several local volunteer farms who promised to not change anything about their milking techniques and allowed me to take samples of their milk, which I then sent to a certified laboratory for testing. How Clean is Your Home MilkContinue reading “Keeping your Home Milk Supply Clean”

Cheese Mites- A Creepy Little Secret

Here is an article I wrote awhile back on the fun little problem that comes with aging naturally rinded cheeses: How the “Mitey” Have Fallen- Adventures with Cheese Mites By Gianaclis Caldwell May 2010 Cheese lovers beware, there is another very determined turophile (cheese devotee) on a mission to devour the same fine, long agedContinue reading “Cheese Mites- A Creepy Little Secret”