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.
Last year we added a NZW Doe and Buck from Lori Basgil of Basgil/Borden Rabbits, in Crosby, Texas. Lori produces amazing rabbits and I was blessed to be able to get this pair from her. They 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 Silsbee, 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 chocolate Rex (Standard, not Mini Rex) come from Amanda Fritsch of Dollyrock Farm in Wisconsin. I have one Sr. Doe (Symphony) and one Sr. buck (Cadbury). So far this pair has given us three incredible litters, including five Lilacs! One of them is a Lilac doe, One Acre Farm's Periwinkle.
Periwinkle has been bred to Victory Garden's Mr. Nibbles, a Broken Black Rex buck that I brought home from a trip to see a friend in California. Victory Garden Rabbits is run by Annette McDaniel and is located near Bakersfield, CA.
Our latest editions to the barn are a Broken Blue Otter Jr. Rex Doe, a Broken Opal Jr. Rex Buck, a Tri-Colored Jr. Rex Doe, a Broken Castor Jr. Rex Buck, a Broken Castor Intermediate Rex buck, a Tri-Colored Sr. Rex Doe, and a Castor Sr. Rex Doe from Teresa Miller, of Funny Bunny Farm Rabbits in Edna, Texas. I am excited to see what these new colors produce in my barn!
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.
If you need rabbits for a specific 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 Spring 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.
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 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.