It very literally IS just one acre. What can you breed/grow/do with just one acre? That is the question that started us on our journey into "micro-farming." So far, with our one acre, we are raising 3 kids, 5 cats (give or take...), some raised bed gardens of different sizes, a compost heap and, most importantly, rabbits. We currently raise Californian, NZW, and Rex Rabbits.
In 2011 we added a NZW Doe, Freya, and Buck, Yeti, from Lori Basgil of Basgil/Borden Rabbits, in Crosby, Texas. Lori and her business partner, Sue Borden, produce amazing rabbits. In fact, they won Best of Breed for NZW's at the 90th Annual ARBA Convention in 2013. Freya and Yeti have already produced some outstanding NZW rabbits for us.
We started with three Californian does and one buck that came from AARabbits in Willis, Texas. I cannot say enough good things about Aaron Webster and his breeding stock. For a young man, he does a tremendous job with his over 200 rabbits.
We also have a Californian doe from Fox Meadows Rabbitry in Silsbiee, Texas. Leah McInnis is involved in 4-H with her children and is a wealth of information, as well as being a top-notch breeder of Californians, Flemish Giants and Mini Rex. *Leah is no longer actively breeding rabbits, but is still a great 4H contact.
Our lovely Rex (Standard, not Mini Rex) come from several different breeders. Our Chocolates came from Amanda Fritsch of Dollyrock Farm in Wisconsin. We purchased one Sr. Doe (Symphony) and one Sr. buck (Cadbury). So far this pair has given us incredible litters, including many Lilacs! One of them is a Lilac doe, One Acre Farm's Periwinkle.
One Acre Farm's Mr. Nibbles Jr. is the offspring of Victory Garden's Mr. Nibbles, a Broken Black Rex buck that I brought home from a trip to see a friend in California. He has since moved on to a new home, but his son, Nibbles Jr., produces outstanding litters for us. Victory Garden Rabbits is run by Annette McDaniel and is located near Bakersfield, CA.
Some of our latest editions to the barn are Funny Bunny Farm's Masquerade, a Broken Blue Otter Jr. Rex Doe, Funny Bunny Farm's Oliver Twist, a Broken Opal Sr. Rex Buck, Funny Bunny Farm's Ruby, a Tri-Colored Jr. Rex Doe, and Funny Bunny Farm's Max, a Broken Castor Jr. Rex Buck from Teresa Miller, of Funny Bunny Farm Rabbits in Edna, Texas.
We also recently added an outstanding Black Rex Jr. buck and Californian Rex Jr. doe from Randall and Judy Whitfield of Louisiana.
Two years ago, we added Commercial Meat Production NZW's to our herd. We have three does and one buck that came from Dr. Steven Lukefahr and The Rabbit Research Program at Texas A&M University, Kingsville (TAMUK). They are stellar producers and we have been very happy with the results we are seeing from them. Breeding pairs and trios from this hardy and heat resistant stock are available seasonally.
If you need rabbits for a specific show, or meat pens for an 4H/FFA event, let us know ahead of time so that we can be sure to breed for the dates that you need. We plan to have lots of available kits for meat pens and also adult breeders available for Summer and Fall season, 2014.Our gardens currently hold ... WEEDS! But, the rabbits like the weeds, so it is all good! Stay posted for news updates as Spring is right coming soon!
Our composting venture is off to a good start with the manure created by the rabbits. Did you know that rabbit manure is a "cold" manure and that you can add it directly to your garden without harming your plants? No composting needed! We sell rabbit manure by the bag, or by the cubic yard. We are composting some of ours, simply because the soil here is so full of sand and clay. The compost will enrich the soil and we will also add rabbit manure when we plant.