South Of Eden Farms, is a small farm located in the mountains of Northeast Tennessee. We aim to be self sufficient by growing and raising more of the food we eat, because- WHO wants to eat pesticides and chemical fertilizers?
We avoid chemicals in our gardens and we use a holistic approach towards animal husbandry, combined with the use of modern medicine.
Our goats are registered with the American Dairy Goat Association (ADGA) and many can be registered with the American Goat Society (AGS) and Nigerian Dwarf Goat Association (NDGA). Our herd tested negative for CAE, Johne's disease and CL as of March 2017. We test our entire herd annually and we only purchase from tested herds.
We focus on milk production so that we can supply our family with milk, however we also aim to have correct conformation within our breeding stock in order to improve the breed in all areas.
We have 2 Alpine does that we will breed to our Nigerian Dwarf buck. Our main purpose for this, is to have a couple of does who can supply our family with enough milk year round. We would also like to see how the production of the offspring (mini-Alpines) compares to that of other breeds.
In addition to goats, we are also raising Livestock Guardian Dogs. Our primary focus for breeding will be on the Turkish breeds. The Anatolian Shepherd and the Kangal have proven to be effective guardians of livestock in Turkey for centuries. We are very impressed with their temperament and their fierce guarding instincts. They are solid LGD'S, even in areas with heavy predator loads. In fact, these breeds are being used to fend off Cheetahs in South Africa, Iran, Kenya, Algeria and Botswana. The Turkish Shepherd's are an effective, non-lethal method of discouraging the cheetahs from taking livestock. Whether your area predators are big cats, wolves, coyotes, bear, fox or feral dogs, the Turkish Shepherds can help you prevent losses and will be an invaluable asset to your farm.
We intend to have our breeding pairs OFA certified for hips and elbows and will begin breeding when our vet has given his approval.
Our Livestock Guardian Dogs (LGD'S) are raised with our goats, chickens and pet dogs. They are never aggressive towards us and we trust that our children are safe in their presence. However, you should exercise caution when allowing strangers near an LGD. Their job is to protect their territory and their stock, so they may or may not be welcoming to strangers- especially if you are not present to let them know it is okay. For more information on these breeds or livestock guardian dogs in general, please send us a message on Facebook. And be sure to like our page to stay on top of the latest happenings around the farm.