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About Us
 
  

Our mostly wooded, 30 acres in central    Oklahoma is home to two humans and a   "healthy" population of cats, dogs, goats and  an abundance of wildlife.

                                                                                                     
My first clue about the direction our lives were going to take was when I, Linda, saw a baby picture of my husband, Chris, taken with a small goat kid!  Our neighbor in Arizona gave us our first goat in the early 70's.  Naturally, that quickly grew to two does and a buck.  We were so green about goats that I panicked when the comment was made, in jest, by a vet tech that there was something wrong with our first kids... they didn't have any upper teeth!
 
At some point in time, we decided we wanted more than 1.5 acres and to live where, unlike the Southwest, there were four seasons.  Since I worked for Civil Service, I applied for a transfer to Ft Leonard Wood and in 1975 we relocated our "family" to Missouri.  We raised goats (dairy and angoras), sheep, pigs, dogs, cats and myriad of poultry.   Fox Hollow Farm was in beautiful country, taught me how to put chains on a vehicle, heat with a wood stove, live with water bucketed from a spring, an outhouse, and that regular snow was not to our liking.
 
After six years we sold our farm and part of our livestock, moving  the balance of our "family" to rural southwestern Oklahoma in January of 1981.    Ahhhh, further south, once again.    We brought a few goats for milking and soon "bought in" to the rapidly growing Oklahoma angora goat market.  Over time our herd reached over 100 angoras alone.  Several breeds of turkeys rounded out the occupants of this leased "farm".   While maintaining our own herd, I managed to oversee the kidding of several hundred angoras for a local breeder. 
 
In 1992 Chris' growing business in the roofing industry made it necessary to sell all of our livestock and relocate close to the Oklahoma City area.  We were now city dwellers with cats, dogs, a tiny garden and a pretty yard.  However, city dwelling was not our cup of tea and in February of 1995 we  purchased the raw land now called Loma Verde. 
 
When we moved to Oklahoma, we begain attending the State Fair when the goats were present, as often as possible.    Even after selling our goats we continued with the tradition of "getting our goat fix".   It was at the State Fair on September 22, 2004 that we first saw Nigerian Dwarfs.  We had no barns or large fenced areas that standard goats would require, but could easily accomodate a couple of Nigerians.  Our first two Nigerians went home with us the next day!  I initially chose so called "pet quality" goats, reasoning that their production would be adequate for our needs.
 

In May of 2006 we attended a Cheesemaking Workshop presented by Dr Steve Zeng at Langston University.   Move over Emeril, these goat cheeses were a totally different experience!  Not only did they taste great, but with the proper equipment, a bit of training and a lot of encouragement, cheesemaking was just cooking.  I could do it!  Chris promptly burst my bubble by asking what key ingredient I was lacking in sufficient quantity...MILK!

  

  
We had added a few more Nigerians, put up quite a bit of used chain link fencing and invested in new and used large breed plastic dog houses, but I knew I still was not set up for standard goats, and really didn't want to go back to handling anything quite that large.  As much as I love my Nigerians, I was reluctant to invest in additional does that would be heavy enough producers for the volume of milk I needed for hard cheeses.  A bit of research, a road trip and 24 hours later our first Mini-Nubian was on the milking stand.
 
That brings us to the here and now of Loma Verde Mini Caprines.  Through purchases, trades and selective breedings, our herd of MiniAlpines and MiniNubians continues to gradually grow and furnish us with milk for household use, great ice creams and all the soft and hard cheeses I can possibly make.  While we don't yet sell cheeses, we do sell raw milk here at the farm as well as quality goats.
 
  

Chris also maintains a small apiary which furnishes us with all of our honey and occasional sales.   He describes himself as the "truck driver, fence builder and heavy lifter", neglecting to point out that he also does stained glass restorations and construction.

                                                                  
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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