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South Of Eden Farms, is a small farm located in the mountains of Northeast Tennessee. We are conveniently located in Greene County Tennessee and larger cities like Knoxville or Johnson City are only about an hour away. Asheville, NC is under 2 hours and Gatlinburg in only 45 minutes away.
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? Not us!
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 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 April 2019. We test our entire herd annually and we only purchase from tested herds.
Nigerian Dwarf goats are a miniature dairy breed. Their small stature makes them ideal for small homesteads and new farmers. They are easy to handle and they make great pets. A Nigerian Dwarf goat is NOT the same as a pygmy goat. The ND IS a Dairy breed. The pygmy is not.
The Nigerian Dwarf goat produces rich, sweet milk. It has the highest butterfat of all the dairy breeds, making it an excellent choice for cheese and soap making.
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 an ever-growing herd of adult Nigerian Dwarf does- but we plan to keep somewhere around 30 breeding does when all is said and done. Most of our does are polled (naturally hornless).
We also have an Alpine doe and 2 mini-Alpine does We would 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 is an effective, non-lethal method of discouraging the cheetahs from taking livestock in the countries where they remain a threat. Whether your area predators are big cats, wolves, coyotes, bears, fox or feral dogs, the Turkish Shepherds can help you prevent losses and will be an invaluable asset to your farm.
Our breeding pairs are OFA certified for hips and elbows and we are planning a litter for Spring/Summer 2020.
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.
Meet the Nigerian Dwarf Goats
We all have one. This is ours.