Welcome to The Goats’ Garden!
We live in a 1920’s farmhouse in the south of Norway, where we keep goats and garden organically. We strive to live as lightly on the earth as possible, and to share our home and with others. We now have two rooms available for guests, and can offer a third on notice. Our aim is to offer an organic abundance to those who visit us. We offer organic towels and bath products, ecologically friendly bedding, and all organic breakfasts along with other meals as desired. Our goal is for all of our food to be as lightly traveled as possible; honey from the bees that suck on our lavender, eggs, vegetables, milk and cheese from right at home or local sources. We bake organic bread, muffins, waffles, and more from local wheat milled in the valley. For those who eat meat we will prepare local, free-range organic meats from the farms in our local area. We can provide organic vegan, vegetarian, gluten fri, paleo or even raw menus. Check out our rooms and rates: https://thegoatsgarden.com/the-room/
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Talk soon, Kathy
The Goat’s Garden is a labor of love in an arctic climate. When we bought this house three years ago, all that we knew was that we fell in love with it. Built in 1930 in Norwegian carpenter style, the house sits on two acres of brush, timber, lawn, and farmland. When we first stood at the window in the living room and looked out over the west facing fields, David said, ‘I can’t wait to see a sunset here’.
Over the past three years the home and the land have been the canvas on which we have slowly but steadily painted our dreams. An organic kitchen garden, first, then some chickens. We built a greenhouse and planted tomatoes, hot peppers, cucumbers, kiwis, and figs. We added apples, plums, cherries and goji berries to the pear and peach tree. We added blueberries alongside the blackberries and raspberries. We grow quinoa and yacon, fava beans, pumpkins, corn, peas, beans, beets, carrots, kale and chard, salad greens and spinach and masses of lavender, roses, echinacea, and more.
And then came the goats. It had always been a dream of mine to have goats. Living in Cyprus we saw goats herded past our house. I chose African dwarf goats for their loving disposition, their smaller size, and their milk giving capabilities. Dina and Lucky were mama and daughter; Lucky at first so shy and wild she would not let anyone near her. In 2013 Izzie, Kara and Ajla, their offspring, were born. In 2014 our lovely grandma goat, Dina, died suddenly but naturally on a warm autumn afternoon. She was a beautiful soul, and we still miss her greatly. We subsequently sold Lucky and her daughter Ajla, and are now in the process of breeding our two girls, Izzie and Kara, who are now one and a half years old. Both are beautiful and friendly souls who love meeting new guests.