Leap of Faith: Fast Lane to Farmstead
Executive Producers: Alexandra Austin and Michael J. Walsh
Corporate refugees from San Francisco abandon their cubicles for a farm near Healdsburg, California in this short documentary. Pugs Leap Farm has thirty-four goats on about three and one half acres. The main product of the farm is goat cheese. They have wisely chosen to stay small and local rather than working toward industrial organic compromise.
There are many things to think about in the farming business. Even something as seemingly mundane as packaging can require carefully thought-out decisions. Choosing bioplastic packaging seems like a no-brainer but at least some kinds use GMO corn. This is just one more piece of evidence that, if you ever see a book called “Farming for Dummies,” don’t buy it because it doesn’t take a book to simply say it can’t be done right by dummies.
My personal experience with goats is that they are geniuses at getting into trouble. While they don’t specifically say that in this video, they do illustrate the fact that goats can be funny creatures. For example, their goats don’t like rain and they hold you personally responsible for any weather they don’t approve of. Kind of like some people I know.
Also, by some strange coincidence, goats named after rock stars misbehave much more than average. These are just some of the things you have to keep in mind if you take up goat farming. THUMBS UP.
This article appeared in Wise Traditions in Food, Farming and the Healing Arts, the quarterly magazine of the Weston A. Price Foundation, Spring 2010.