"Maple Lane Homestead is a small family farm located just north of Charlotte in Concord, NC. We began our homestead in 1992 with just a few chickens and some horses. In 1994, I began to wonder if the food we were consuming was contributing to the erratic behavior of our youngest son. So began my quest -- We now have a very large organic garden and raise all of our own meat. We purchase what we cannot grow or produce from a monthly coop.
As the years progressed, many animals have come to join our homestead. Cows (beef and milk), rabbits, chickens, sheep, and goats now complete our homestead. The health of our animals is of utmost importance to us. All of our animals receive vaccinations, regular de-worming, high quality feed, hay, and a special vitamin mineral mix fed free choice. We are experimenting with natural wormers as we prefer this option.
In 1996, fiber animals were added to our farm. In addition to the meat they provide, we have many fine by-products! The first to come were Jacob sheep. In that same year, we added German Angora Rabbits and some colored crosses. Our farm is constantly evolving and as of last winter (Jan. '07) we decided to disperse of our spinning flock and Jacobs and in their place we are raising Icelandic sheep. We feel this sheep may be better suited to our farm because of the versatilty of this breed. Icelandics provide beautiful fiber, mild, tasty meat and also milk. We now only keep a couple of angora rabbits for our own fiber purpose and have added meat rabbits. We have New Zealands, Californians and American Chinchillas. Our newest venture is the addition of cashmere goats. This happened quite by accident! These darling little goats stole my heart on a recent trip to pick up some sheep. They too, will make a wonderful addition to our homestead, providing us with fiber and meat.
You will notice our Icelandic's and cashmere goats are registered under the flock/herd name "Stoney Meadow". This is the name of our farm in Virginia where we will be relocating sometime in the future. In addition to enlarging our farm, we hope to open a B B and a fiber shop there.
In 2005 we purchased several registered Alpine and Saanan dairy goats. We use their milk for drinking, cheese-making and to produce our lovely handmade goat milk soaps.
We offer many fine by-products here at the farm: Eggs, organic produce, organic breads and quality breeding stock are all for sale."
Maple Lane Homestead