Christa Wilde

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Hello. I am looking for a plot of land to lease near Bennington, Vermont (far southwest). I need a place to keep my three bred pygmy does, three angora rabbits, and a small flock of chickens; mostly Easter Egger hens, a Faverolle rooster and his two Faverolle ladies, three Maran hens. I am renting a Nigerian/pygmy buck for breeding, I would like to buy him if the owner is willing to sell but that is negotiable.

I am willing to work and/or pay a reasonable monthly rental fee.

I am a good cook, good organizer, a fast learner. I have spent almost seven years caring for my own livestock. If you are willing to accommodate my animals you will have access to free eggs and goats milk next spring, and eventually homemade goats cheese and soap. I am a novice spinner, and knit very basic items if you are interested in extra warm garments. I am an experienced professional dog trainer and groomer. I can be a big help with any dog related needs, I can also train non canine animals. I do not have much experience with large livestock however I am very good at dealing with animals of all kinds and happy to learn. I also have a few years experience in gardening and spent countless hours researching about gardening, I would be happy to help you maintain a vegetable garden.

I would prefer land with a water source, fenced or distant from the roads, 30 minutes from Bennington or with a place to sleep. I have a wonderful Bouvier dog, she will move to Vermont with me. She will only be on your land if you are offering a housing situation. Otherwise I will care for the animals commuting from my boyfriends home in Bennington, leaving her there during the day. I am not picky so if you think you have something for me please let me know! The most important thing is finding a home for my animals until I can afford land of my own. I will be ready to move in mid March, if you have a house/room for us my boyfriend will be ready to move by December 1st.

For more details please email me at
8 years ago
I think that all this Black Friday/Christmas shopping is madness. Not only is buying overpriced Chinese crap not anywhere near the meaning of Christmas, and it promotes the production of toxic and persistent chemicals and materials, but it also robs people of the chance to think about God (or any other deity associated with this time of year) and family. So me and my boyfriend have agreed to just do something nice for each other and be together.

I am a talented artist (drawing, painting, sculpture, pottery) but totally lack creativity, so I need some good ideas for projects or just activities that would make him happy. He is very serious and practical therefore would be hard to please with all that mushy holiday stuff.

I have several family members who would not understand my point of view, so for them I need earth and morality friendly gift ideas that will be up to snuff with their big spender ideals.
11 years ago

Richard Hasting wrote:
Hey John, that is an awesome example indeed.
I suspect that you can keep a handful of hogs through the winter (as long as you have sufficient forage and it isn't too cold)

Now if we could do this with 200 pounders that would be ideal!


Guinea Hogs are an awsome landrace breed that has high disease and parasite resistance, great forageing skills and best of all most stay somewhere under 250 pounds! That would save you big money on overwintering breeders for a breed that sells for upwards of 200 dollars. I am going to buy some as soon as I have the infastructure to manage pigs, I hear they (pigs in general) can be very destructive and hard to keep confined.
11 years ago
My 13 year old mastiff/ridgeback was super skinny, people would ask me if I was starving him skinny. I free fed him, then swithced to the really good Blue Buffalo food also free fed him(which did help a little but cost me way too much), now that I have moved to a more rural area. He, with the help of two other dogs, has been catching and eating vermin that come into the yard. At first it freaked me out and I did everything I could to stop him, worried that he would get parasites and diseases. Then something awsome happened, he has totally filled out and is developing some impressive muscles. He looks and seems to feel like a five year old again. I did some research about raw food and though it is a little iffy from the results I have seen I think it is worth trying to raise rabbits (or other low input high output animals like fish) specifically for dog meat. I am going to set up a system and buy some breeder rabbits next spring. I also supplement my dogs with leftover people food and it doesn't seem to hurt him.
11 years ago
Cats definately carry a host of parisites plus toxoplasmosis. On the other hand rats carry plenty of diseases that could possibly kill a person. Also rats have been known to eat chicks and small hens alive at night. Rats and mice will get into your grain and drop feces and urinate all over everything. If you try to dry grain inside you will find hulls scattered all over your floor. Voles will eat the base and roots of your fruits and veggies causing them to suffer failure to thrive or might just kill the plants outright.
You could always get a terrier to take care of these thing for you (they don't carry as many zoonotic diseases) but in my experience (as a certified dog trainer) they tend to be a handful and much more destructive than a cat. You could set out traps and poison for rodents but I heard a story about a farmer who hated cats and trapped/shot them on site. He was overrun with rodents and set out poisons. When his young child got into some of the bait he had to rush him to the hospital, meanwhile his prized hunting dog managed to get into some poison and died. Not sure if this is true or just a story but its not a risk I am willing to take. As far as the traps go I have had almost no success as rodents are rather smart animals.
Personally I choose to get a cat and teach her to respect the hens. A broody hen with chicks is more than enough to scare off a cat who knows better, my broody hen scared off my border collie who was determined to herd her chicks.
As far as the zoonotic diseases go just practice good housekeeping. Make sure the cat is litter trained and clean the box regularly (except for pregant people, then it is the husbands job,  ). Feed plenty of good healthy food and have regular vet check ups to make sure your kitty is healthy and not carrying anything. Don't keep the cat in close contact with anything you intend to eat (no pooping in vegetable bed, no locking her in with your aquaculture set up, you know common sense stuff).
Edit: Remember to spay/neuter your cat, cat overpopulation is a very serious problem. Also my boyfriend tried the "no feed makes better hunters" policy before he met me, that cat now lives with the neighbor that does feed him.
11 years ago