Friday, June 15, 2012

Meet Donna O'Shaughnessy

Livestock guardian dog, Fannie,
with Donna's grandson, Wesley.
Donna will be presenting sessions on pastured pork and grass-fed beef and dairy cattle. We recently asked her a few questions so that you could get to know her better, and here is what she said!

When did you move to your homestead?
We moved here in 1995 with our four young children.

What was the first thing you did, garden or livestock, and why?
Livestock was first. The house had not been lived in for years so grass was shoulder high in yard. We fenced it off and put our first cow in the yard!

What is your favorite part of homesteading?
Keeping our own hours. But I don't know why we like it since we are always working 16 hour days. :)

What is the toughest part?
Toughest part is the 16 hour days. And knowing when to say NO. Like when customers ask us to raise buffalo.

What are your plans for the future?
Plans are to sell this farm (too big) and start a very small farm where we are 100% off the grid and supplying food only for ourselves and immediate family.

For more information on Donna and our other speakers, check out the Speaker page!

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