South African Boer Bok

Autumn Olive Farms is a family based operation in Augusta County. We have a dual focus model with a singular commitment to the health and wellness of the land, animal and the consumer. We raise the beautiful South African Boer Bok as an environmentally sound method to combat the invasive plant species problem while producing one of the finest and healthiest meats in the world right here in the Shenandoah Valley. The combination of the worlds premier, purpose bred and standardized meat goat with the fantastic forage base of invasive species here in the Valley provides a win-win situation for the land, its owner and the consumer.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Scenes from the Agritourism Festival...

We had a great day at the first annual Shenandoah Valley Agritourism Festival on Sunday at Hermitage Hill Farm! The Festival had a large turnout with over 600 people in attendance!

It was an honor to finally get to meet Joel Salatin when he came by to visit our display.  It was even more exciting to hear him tell us that our farm model is fantastic and that he has never seen one like it! 

The weather was perfect and folks were very interested in learning about our farm and what we do. 
Pat Jarrett/The New Leader

The goats enjoyed being fed branches of autumn olive, honeysuckle, blue weed and privet. 

It is quite different than what most folks are used to when they go to a festival and see goats.
Pat Jarrett/The News Leader

Usually you get a cone with feed in it. Not our goats!  It was a great way to teach kids and adults about the goats natural diet. It also allowed for an up close view to see how their prehensile mouths work to pluck every leaf off of a branch!  

Even the newest addition had to get in on the action!  She wanted to show that at one month old she can forage too!  

Chloe was her normal "stoic" self. She spent most of her time "modeling" as a Pyrenees statue.  She would mosey over for a few rubs every now and then. She was very disappointed the folks were feeding the goats, but not feeding her!  

Our son, Luke was on hand to give out samples of our Autumn Berry Sauce.  We were anxious to get the feedback on our batch of Autumn Berry Spicy Sauce and folks gave us a thumbs up!  All agreed that it was not too hot just a little warm!

Here is a link to The News Leader article about the festival.  You can see more pictures and learn about the festival.  Hope to see you there next year! 

1 comment:

  1. Hi Linda,
    We wanted to come to the festival but we didn't know where it was! Although we saw signs in W'boro advertising it, I couldn't find the location site mentioned anywhere! Maybe next year the paper will do a write up before the event, for those of us who can't find it!