Goat farm in Tuscany

by Brent
(Tuscany Italy)

My Goats, Me and Cheese

My Goats, Me and Cheese

I love reading about everyone elses farm. I have 125 acres in the beautiful Tuscany region of central Italy. Most of the land is mountain pasture and woods at a height of about 1200-2200 ft above sea level. The land is about 50% open and 50% wooded. There are acres of chestnuts, 425 olive trees, hazelnut grooves, 90 trees in the apple orchard and about 100 grape vines. I also keep a large vegetable garden and the mountains are full of wild mushrooms in the spring and fall. My main farming activity is raising goats. I cut down my herd from 77 last year to 38 this year. I transform all the milk into cheese and sell directly here at the farm or a few farmers markets. I have a passion for the animals and the cheese making and if I could swing it I would keep 100 of them BUT that is just too much work for a two man show. I have a full time helper from Romania who is here at the farm with me from when the babies are born in mid February until we stop milking in late November then he goes home to his family for a well earned rest and I enjoy the quiet of winter alone on my little farm. I also raise rabbits for meat, 22 chickens for eggs, geese, turkey and sheep.

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Jul 18, 2016
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Learning About Goats
by: Amanda

Hi Brent!
My name is Amanda. I love your page and what your are doing in Tuscany. My husband and I are hoping to learn more about goat's and cheese operations and will be in Italy in September and October. We would love to come and see you and your farm! If you accept volunteers, would it be possible to help you out for a day and see how you make cheese? Our days in the Tuscan region are currently open but we are thinking end of September.

Thank you!
Amanda

Jun 08, 2015
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very interested in your goat farming op
by: Linda

Hi Brent, I too was wondering if you're American. I spend some time each year in Italy and have for the last few decades. Over the years you just never see any animals anymore. Used to be there'd be herds of goats or sheep on country roads but I haven't seen anything lately. Have Italians gone to CAFO operations? Sure hope not. Are there certain areas like Abruzzo or Marche where there's more ranching? The thought of being a rancher is so appealing, but I suppose you never get a day off, and I probably couldn't bear to ever sell an animal knowing it may be eaten. Oh well....glad to hear there's people like you out there living your dream!

Aug 11, 2014
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Goat farmer
by: Leann

Hi, my name is Leann and I live in Fort Worth,Tx. I raise goats myself and hope to venture into cheese making in the future. I will be in your area Sept 23-26 and wanted to see if I could visit your farm. I would love to volunteer my labor for the hands on workings of cheese making for a few hrs. Just the experience and knowledge would be a great part of my trip. I love the quirky personality of goats and their sweet loving side. Please let me know if I could come for a visit one day. I would really enjoy it. Best Wishes, Leann O'Neal

May 24, 2011
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Love to hear your story.
by: Francie

Hi Brent, Just came upon your page in Self Sufficient Farm Living. I was wondering if you are American and how you settled in Tuscany and when?

Just curious and impressed that you are living your dream. Love to hear about it.

I live in Oregon and have a small farmlet we call The Neighborhood Farmlet. I teach cooking and classes and have written a couple of cookbooks. We raise most of our food from the garden and have chickens for eggs and meat. My dream is to be self sufficient financially as well as physically on our farmlet. I also have a dream to live in Italy sometime.

So write back if you are inspired- as I was to write to you.

All the best, Francie

foodfromthefarmlet@gmail.com

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