Sunflower Farm Creamery

Nigerian Dwarf Dairy

Welcome to Sunflower Farm - where all the romance of farm life is still very much a reality. Looking for delicious local cheese made in small daily batches? You have come to the right place. Depending on the time of year, our feta, chevre, caramels, fudge and cajeta is available at Eventide Specialties in Boothbay Harbor & Walnut Hill Market in N. Yarmouth. You may also come directly to the farm Fri-Sun 10-6 to enjoy products the self serve fridge and to watch the goats grazing in the field.

We giggle when folks visiting ask us if all the goats have names. Not only do they all have names, they all have distinct calls we know even from the kitchen, they each have preferences for their favorite treats, and places they most love to be scratched. In the milkroom each mama has their own approach to our time together: Matilda likes to be milked without her head closed in to the head gate. GoGo insists that she be milked one side at a time. After Rosemary is milked, she waits on the milk stand for a few minutes of love before she is ready to hop down and go about her day. 

There are lots of hot words in the sustainable food movement. Some mean very different things depending on who is using them and for what purpose, but for us, “local” dairy products are unique because each bite is intimately connected to the way the animals at our farm live. Even a town over, the goats are eating different grass, enjoying a different breeze, their milk is not from Stella and May and Sonnet. We find great joy in sharing our lovely goat herd with visitors so that when they eat our chèvre or feta or caramels, they taste even better because they are remembering a sunny summer day in the field with our herd. Hopefully you can taste the love.

Sunflower Farm Goat Herd

(Please click on the individual goat's picture if you are interested in more information. Lily, Sonnet and Bonnie are done, still working on the rest.)

We work hard to keep our herd of 23 goats happy & healthy. In 2011, the whole herd tested negative for common goat diseases including CAE and Brucellosis. They get lots of second cut hay, browse freely in their pasture and around the farm, enjoy grain at milking time, and are given free choice minerals and baking soda and fresh water at least twice a day. Most importantly, they get lots of love. None of our goats are used for meat. When a goat calls to us from the pasture or barn, we know who it is by their voice. The goats are an extended part of our family. Please come by the farm to meet them anytime!

Nigerian Dwarf Goats

The Nigerian Dwarf is a miniature dairy goat of West African origin. Nigerian Dwarf goats are enjoying a rise in popularity due to their small size, colorful markings and dairy characteristics. Their small stature means they do not require as much space or feed as their larger dairy goat counterparts and their gentle and friendly personalities make them good companion pets. The milk is also higher in butterfat and has a sweeter taste. Nigerians are easy to handle; even for small children. Nigerian Dwarfs are considered rare by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has also approved the Nigerian Dwarf Goat as a livestock dairy goat, which makes them eligible for youth 4H and FFA projects.

The Breed

A healthy Nigerian Dwarf doe can produce a surprising amount of sweet milk for her small size - up to two quarts per day or more. In addition, Nigerian Dwarf milk is higher in butterfat (6-10%) and higher in protein than milk from most dairy goat breeds. Many Nigerian Dwarf owners raise their goats for milk production but others raise them for the pleasure and companionship these little caprines bring to their lives.

--Nigerian Dwarf Goat Association

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Born 4/3/12 to Sonnet  on Sunflower Farm * Tremendous udder and blue eyes * a great goat all around * 2 bucklings in 2014, 3 does in 2015

Born 4/3/12 to Sonnet  on Sunflower Farm * Tremendous udder and blue eyes * a great goat all around * 2 bucklings in 2014, 3 does in 2015

Born to Sonnet 5/3/2012 at Sunflower Farm * shy, beautiful confirmation and udder * blue eyes * had 2 doelings in 2014, bred again for 2016 

Born to Sonnet 5/3/2012 at Sunflower Farm * shy, beautiful confirmation and udder * blue eyes * had 2 doelings in 2014, bred again for 2016 

Born to Bonnie in 5/24/2012 at Sunflower Farm * she is a total love, very docile and sweet * Had 2 does and 1 buck in 2014, 1 buck in 2015• 

Born to Bonnie in 5/24/2012 at Sunflower Farm * she is a total love, very docile and sweet * Had 2 does and 1 buck in 2014, 1 buck in 2015• 

Born to Bonnie 5/24/2012 at Sunflower Farm * Lots of personality • Easy to milk *Had 2 does and 1 buck in 2014 and 2015

Born to Bonnie 5/24/2012 at Sunflower Farm * Lots of personality • Easy to milk *Had 2 does and 1 buck in 2014 and 2015

Born 6/22/12 at Humble Acres * a total love *  small teats but good milk production. * 2014 had 1 doe and 2 bucks * 2015 1 doe 1 buck

Born 6/22/12 at Humble Acres * a total love *  small teats but good milk production. * 2014 had 1 doe and 2 bucks * 2015 1 doe 1 buck

Fern was born to Lily at Sunflower Farm on  4/16/13 *Her mom is our best producer and Fern is second best and easier to milk* In 2015 she had 1 doe

Fern was born to Lily at Sunflower Farm on  4/16/13 *Her mom is our best producer and Fern is second best and easier to milk* In 2015 she had 1 doe

Khaleesi was born on Sunflower Farm to GoGo on 5/9/14 * In 2015 she had one buckling * Khaleesi often jumps out to greet farm visitors!

Khaleesi was born on Sunflower Farm to GoGo on 5/9/14 * In 2015 she had one buckling * Khaleesi often jumps out to greet farm visitors!

Born to Elsie on 5/1/15. She may be the cutest kid ever and not just because she is the baby of the farm. A total lap goat. Had her first kids in July 2016--triplets!

Born to Elsie on 5/1/15. She may be the cutest kid ever and not just because she is the baby of the farm. A total lap goat. Had her first kids in July 2016--triplets!

Below are our Retired Herd Members & WETHERS. They are still loved and valued members of our herd, but are now pets and enjoying relaxing after years of parenting! 

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Poppy is Fern's twin sister and Lily's kid, both of them are top herd members. Poppy has not been able to be bred for some reason. She is overweight and loses her coat a month too early every year and has to wear a jacket. But boy is she a sweet pet. :) Just goes to show you even with the very best genetic mix, you never quite know what you will get! 

Poppy is Fern's twin sister and Lily's kid, both of them are top herd members. Poppy has not been able to be bred for some reason. She is overweight and loses her coat a month too early every year and has to wear a jacket. But boy is she a sweet pet. :) Just goes to show you even with the very best genetic mix, you never quite know what you will get! 

We keep two wethers (neutered males) as pets. Don Pedro was the first goat we ever brought home. He is pretty big for a Nigerian Dwarf goat and has a big personality as well. He loved Bonnie very much as since we lost her is a bit of a loner...except when it comes to the attention of people. Rocky is a survivor. When he was born he was super weak. We had to tube feed him to get him moving, but then when he did we became a bit of a farm favorite. He has a silly small voice and loves to follow his mama Moonshot around. 

We keep two wethers (neutered males) as pets. Don Pedro was the first goat we ever brought home. He is pretty big for a Nigerian Dwarf goat and has a big personality as well. He loved Bonnie very much as since we lost her is a bit of a loner...except when it comes to the attention of people. Rocky is a survivor. When he was born he was super weak. We had to tube feed him to get him moving, but then when he did we became a bit of a farm favorite. He has a silly small voice and loves to follow his mama Moonshot around. 

Bonnie was the first goat we ever bought with Don Pedro. They were best friends. Sadly in April 2016, she was the first goat in our herd to die. We will really miss her so much and are forever thankful for all she taught us about love, life and loss. Her kids Junie B. Jones and Matilda are still at the farm and will continue to create Bonnie grandchildren who will every year no doubt make us think of her and smile. 

Bonnie was the first goat we ever bought with Don Pedro. They were best friends. Sadly in April 2016, she was the first goat in our herd to die. We will really miss her so much and are forever thankful for all she taught us about love, life and loss. Her kids Junie B. Jones and Matilda are still at the farm and will continue to create Bonnie grandchildren who will every year no doubt make us think of her and smile. 

The Igbo of Nigeria tell their children, if lost in the wilderness follow a goat, she always knows the way back home. I’ve been following these goats back home each day, but where they led me surprises me still.
— Brad Kessler Author of Goat Song