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.
Our latest editions to the barn are a NZW Jr. 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. I am expecting great things from this pair!
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.
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. I also brought home with me Victory Garden's London, a Blue Rex Jr. Doe, who I am expecting great things from! Victory Garden Rabbits is run by Annette McDaniel and is located near Bakersfield, CA.
Last year we added 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.
We have many new litters of kits (baby rabbits), too many to post here. We have Californian, NZW, and Rex litters of all ages right now.
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, 2013.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.