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Block M Farm & Crafts We are a small family farm raising goats for show, meat, dairy, and fiber as well as fiber rabbits.

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This lapghan will be up for auction at the Symmes Valley Fall Festival on November 5th.  Money from the auction goes to ...
10/31/2022

This lapghan will be up for auction at the Symmes Valley Fall Festival on November 5th. Money from the auction goes to the PTO for activities and things for the students. There will be plenty of other items to bid on as well as other activities for you and your family to enjoy.

This piece is 45”x43”. It’s a great size to keep warm and late season football games or early season softball/baseball games.

08/27/2022
Morning Bananas for the Piggies

We’re trying to figure out what Buttercup and Westley’s favorite treats are. So far they’ve loved all the fruits and veggies. Here they are getting some bananas, only after sitting for thei treats.

We have added a Kunekune pig to the farm!  Her name is Buttercup.  We will (hopefully soon) be adding a boar.  Within th...
08/02/2022

We have added a Kunekune pig to the farm! Her name is Buttercup. We will (hopefully soon) be adding a boar. Within the next couple of years we will have pork products available.

Mistakes were made, so experiments were done.I started making this bathing suit coverup with “white” yarn that I had on ...
06/07/2022

Mistakes were made, so experiments were done.

I started making this bathing suit coverup with “white” yarn that I had on hand. When I finished what I had I went and bought more white yarn. It turned out they were not the same white. The first skein was off white. I went ahead and finished thinking, maybe, they first skein had collected dust or something distorting its color that would wash out in the end. No such luck. Even with bleach it stayed the same shade.

Not being one to give up after all that work I decided to dye the whole thing. This is the end result after soaking in coffee. This is 100% acrylic, so it’s machine washable. The color may fade with washings, but being a coverup how often will it get washed?

What do you think? Would you like your own handmade coverup? There are so many styles available!

We just added a small herd of Nubian does to our farm.  We’re so excited to try our hands at making our own cheese and g...
06/04/2022

We just added a small herd of Nubian does to our farm. We’re so excited to try our hands at making our own cheese and gelato! We might be able to offer some soap for sale. I have made goats milk soap in the past. Without getting USDA certification we will not be allowed to sell any of the dairy products for food, though. With us being a small family farm getting the certification would cost a lot more than we would be able to make off of it, so we have no plans for that.

For those who don’t know, yes they look very skinny. Compared to the fiber and meat goats we’re used to dairy goats tend to look much thinner. It’s okay. I’m sure they will get a few pounds added on since one of us can’t ignore those eyes when they beg for cookies.

Anyway, these our are girls. What should we name them?

Welcome to the world, Arthur!Arthur was born to Luna around 8:30 this evening.  He is so special, not only because he is...
05/13/2022

Welcome to the world, Arthur!

Arthur was born to Luna around 8:30 this evening. He is so special, not only because he is our first angora goat kid born on our farm, but we lost his dad, Merlin, just after Christmas. We are so excited to get to carry on this line.

Meet our newest additions to the farm.  I’m so excited to finally be adding dark Brahma chickens to the family!  We’re l...
04/30/2022

Meet our newest additions to the farm. I’m so excited to finally be adding dark Brahma chickens to the family! We’re looking forward to these little ladies and gentleman to grow to their full size. This is one of those breeds of chicken that we’ve been wanting for a while.

We’ve got some big and little things coming to the farm!  Watch for more announcements coming soon.If you’d like to supp...
04/26/2022

We’ve got some big and little things coming to the farm! Watch for more announcements coming soon.

If you’d like to support getting some of those things getting here quicker ask us how. I’m always working on crafts for sale and happily take commissions.

I can share this now that the recipient has received it.  Let me know if you’d like a nice shawl as the weather is start...
04/04/2022

I can share this now that the recipient has received it. Let me know if you’d like a nice shawl as the weather is starting to warm this spring.

This particular shawl was made as a prayer shawl. Prayer shawls will never be sold, but I can make the same pattern for anyone. If you know of someone who might benefit from a prayer shawl or would like more information on prayer shawls send me a message. I’d love to help you any way I can!

I finished this one of a kind sweater.  It’s called Sotherton from a book of patterns inspired by Jane Austen.What color...
02/12/2022

I finished this one of a kind sweater. It’s called Sotherton from a book of patterns inspired by Jane Austen.

What color would you like to see me make this sweater for you?

01/18/2022
Snow Day

Yesterday we stayed home all day. Today we made our way into town. We’re so thankful to the crews who have been out working hard to get the roads clear and keep them that way. The worst part is our driveway, which we were walking (or jumping in Gus’ case) on in this video. Fortunately we still have our electricity and heat. It’s a great time to stay home with the family!

We hope you enjoy your time in this weather and stay safe!

01/02/2022

It’s about time I finally post to our farm page since my wonderful wife Rachel took the time to set everything up. 2021 was an odd year for just about all of us and a lot changed around our place during the year. As Rachel posted previously, I did sell my commercial herd of Boer goats to focus on a pure ABGA herd for show purposes and then after having surgery and recovering from that process I decided to let my goats go and focus on Rachel’s fiber production Angora goats and rabbits. Since my decision I have regretted getting out of the meat goats and more than likely will pickup a few commercial quality does and begin raising strictly for meat production since it’s getting harder for everyone to afford basic groceries nowadays. Who knows, maybe I can get production to the scale of letting others explore the wonderful meals that can be prepared with quality raised goat meat.

I just finished knitting this shawl.  The pattern is from a book inspired by Jane Austen.
01/01/2022

I just finished knitting this shawl. The pattern is from a book inspired by Jane Austen.

01/01/2022

There have been so many changes around here I haven’t even posted anything. We no longer have Boer goats. Josh named the farm and got out of it. I guess he just didn’t want to live with me calling it the Fuzzy Farm, since all I have now is my livestock which is all fiber animals and pets. We do still have a few chickens that we keep mainly to control pests, but they’re all hens so we get eggs, too.

I lost my goat buck Merlin the day after Christmas. He had been visiting the ladies, so hopefully we’ll have some babies in the spring. At some point I’ll get another buck. Since they are pets, we’re giving ourselves time to mourn his passing before we bother looking for another one.

I am now working on processing fiber. Let any of us know if you need anything. Maybe we can get you knitting or crocheting through the winter with some locally raised yarn.

Jarrett and Lilac brought home a 2nd in class for breeding rabbits.  Now it’s time to work toward getting Ohio to includ...
07/14/2021

Jarrett and Lilac brought home a 2nd in class for breeding rabbits. Now it’s time to work toward getting Ohio to include a category for fiber rabbits.

Congratulations to our very own Willow for winning Fair Queen and Archimedes for Grand Champion Fiber Goat.  We’re so pr...
07/12/2021

Congratulations to our very own Willow for winning Fair Queen and Archimedes for Grand Champion Fiber Goat. We’re so proud of you both!

07/05/2021

We’ll have a couple of goats in the special goat show on Sunday and a rabbit in the breeding show on Wednesday. Come cheer them on!

06/12/2021

I've just had to update our description. We made a few changes around here.

A little while ago we got rid of all of our chickens. There were just far too many of them, and we weren't in a position to make them dinner at the time. Fortunately, we found a family who took them all. It's amazing how much a six year old can help when you're catching chickens! They have a lot more energy than we're used to around here.

We also now only have ABGA registered Boer goats. All of the ones who were not registered have gone to a neighboring farm where we can still wave at them when we drive by where they live. We are going to be participating in ABGA shows with the Boer goats that we have.

Our angora herd is still here. Willow will be showing one of the whethers at the Lawrence County 4-H Fair next month. Jarrett will be showing one of the angora rabbits there as well. Come to the fair and meet them!

Someone needs constant cuddles.  Fortunately she doesn’t mind me crocheting around her.  This is just one more reason I ...
05/30/2021

Someone needs constant cuddles. Fortunately she doesn’t mind me crocheting around her. This is just one more reason I wash every item I make before it leaves this house.

Since he shared it with his followers I can now share it here.  Recently I made a lapghan for the Fadó podcast.  If you ...
05/26/2021

Since he shared it with his followers I can now share it here. Recently I made a lapghan for the Fadó podcast. If you haven’t listened to it you should definitely check it out!

Jon reads fairy tales, folk lore, and other stories. He’s a very talented voice actor. He also shares background and his own thoughts on the stories.

He has a Patreon where you can become a patron and make a small monthly donation. He will be giving this lapghan to one of his patrons as part of the one year celebration of the podcast. It’s pretty neat! I highly recommend at least subscribing to the blog.

We did a little experimenting on one of our animals today.  (I promise this is the only sort of experimenting we do on t...
05/22/2021

We did a little experimenting on one of our animals today. (I promise this is the only sort of experimenting we do on them.) We gave Merlin a bath and blow dried his hair. Most angora people say to never do that. We needed to see for ourselves how it would turn out. You know how your friends with curly hair say they don’t brush their hair and you don’t know why if your hair is straight?

The plus side is he got to cool off on a hot day. I’m pretty sure he loved the hair dryer. His expression was similar to a dog with his head stuck out a car window. We’ll see if his look changes as his hair settles from his blow out.

A big thank you to Josh Wilson for these amazing photographs!  He always does such a great job, and Willow loves working...
05/08/2021

A big thank you to Josh Wilson for these amazing photographs! He always does such a great job, and Willow loves working with him.

Willow is wearing the Ballerina Lace Top that I made. Let me know what I can make for you.

Before and after of Poppy’s first haircut hereI can’t wait to spin some of her hair!
05/08/2021

Before and after of Poppy’s first haircut here

I can’t wait to spin some of her hair!

Luna is one of our new does.  Here’s a before and after of her first haircut here.  I think with temperatures in the 70s...
05/07/2021

Luna is one of our new does. Here’s a before and after of her first haircut here. I think with temperatures in the 70s she’s pretty happy to have all of that gone!

Just so you know, if you want me to make that for you I can do it cheaper.  Even if you want it made from wool like this...
05/06/2021

Just so you know, if you want me to make that for you I can do it cheaper. Even if you want it made from wool like this one is! Although, we can discuss materials, and I can use something more washable.

I’m not usually out to undercut other artists, but Gucci can probably handle the competition.

French angoras only need their hair plucked in order to harvest the fiber.  It gets released every three months, so it d...
04/10/2021

French angoras only need their hair plucked in order to harvest the fiber. It gets released every three months, so it doesn’t even hurt them like pulling a human’s hair does.

In order to help them deal with warmer temperatures they can be fully sheared. (Ours don’t even like coming inside the house in winter since we keep it warm enough for our birds.) Penelope is so well behaved shearing her is easy. We do let her have a break so she doesn’t get stressed out from all the grooming. One good thing about this is you can see how tiny her body actually is under all that hair.

I’m toying with the idea of a modeling program.  If you would be interested in participating send me a pm.  You do NOT n...
03/30/2021

I’m toying with the idea of a modeling program. If you would be interested in participating send me a pm. You do NOT need a supermodel look for this.

I finally got some decent pictures of Gadget!  Suzanne got in on the background of that last one, but Gadget’s a little ...
03/29/2021

I finally got some decent pictures of Gadget! Suzanne got in on the background of that last one, but Gadget’s a little jealous and gets rough when he’s not the center of attention. We’ll be moving them out with the other goats soon. For health and safety reasons we have to quarantine any new animals who come to the barn for a while before they get put in with anyone else.

I am so looking forward to giving all these babies a spa day! Hopefully this cold and rainy weather will let up soon, so we can do that.

We’re bringing home a couple of new additions to the farm!
03/19/2021

We’re bringing home a couple of new additions to the farm!

Midplucking break, and Penelope is going to sneak up on me while I play on my phone.
03/09/2021

Midplucking break, and Penelope is going to sneak up on me while I play on my phone.

I’m getting ready to do the “drawing for the headband giveaway!
03/07/2021

I’m getting ready to do the “drawing for the headband giveaway!

Today we reached 73 likes!  According to Sheldon Cooper 73 is the best number, plus it was Josh’s high school football n...
02/27/2021

Today we reached 73 likes! According to Sheldon Cooper 73 is the best number, plus it was Josh’s high school football number, so I think we’ll do a giveaway.

I have made an angora headband from the hair of our rabbits. Thanks to the fabric of this headband it is valued at $50. All you have to do to be included in this giveaway is leave a comment on this status. I will give this a week, so March 5th I will do a drawing. I’m not fancy, so I’ll just write down names and physically draw a name from a bowl. Only one entry per person, since I am handwriting names.

Thanks for supporting us!

Still no electricity at our house.  Lincoln (our current bottle baby) decided at 4:00 this morning that he needed to get...
02/21/2021

Still no electricity at our house. Lincoln (our current bottle baby) decided at 4:00 this morning that he needed to get out of his crate to hang out by the fireplace. He’s going to have a rough time when he gets put out in the barn with the other goats.

02/19/2021

Hey, everyone! We’ve been without electricity since Monday. Hopefully we’ll be back soon. Everywhere we go we see crews out working hard even in this dark and cold to get power restored to all the people affected by this. If you know anyone who is working on this, please let them know that we do appreciate all of their hard work.

In the meantime it doesn’t require any electricity to crochet, so I’m working on some projects and look forward to sharing!

My lovely granny is modeling my first finished product from yarn from the farm.  The stripe is mohair from the goats.  T...
02/14/2021

My lovely granny is modeling my first finished product from yarn from the farm. The stripe is mohair from the goats. The pom pom is angora from the rabbits. Her head will stay warm no matter how long she plays in the snow now!

This is probably my favorite Valentines celebration, yet!  I’ve got my holiday themed yarn hanging to dry after I set th...
02/14/2021

This is probably my favorite Valentines celebration, yet! I’ve got my holiday themed yarn hanging to dry after I set the spin. This is all angora from our rabbits that I spun and plied. Now I just have to decide what to make with it...

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