Sarah Keiser

I am a mother of two and a strong believer in mother knows best. So all of our animals - the goats, the sheep and the chickens are raised by their animal mother.  They are shown how to catch bugs, eat hay and climb on play structures from the day they are born.  

Wild Oat Hollow

We are a small, family farm raising hearty, healthy and friendly animals for the backyard, homestead and table. A family of four, muddling through our lives, taking care of the land and our animals.  We are blessed with happy, hearty and tasty animals.  Life is good.  We work with our animals every day, spending most of our days in the pasture with them.  Even the animals that are destined for the dinner table are treated with kindness and respect from the day they are born.  All of the animals on our farm free range.   Running around in pasture where they have fresh air, green grass (in the winter) and well developed muscles.  

We believe that quality is far more important than quantity, so we raise our animals with that perspective.  They are named (except the ones in route to the dinner table) and loved.  We all feel so blessed to live this life and nurture this land.  We endeavor to provide the best animals for your backyard, homestead, farm or table.   We strive to give each and every animal the best life, if perhaps a short one.   We feel it is very important to produce quality animals with good genetics and vitality, and believe the breeding of animals is a huge responsibility.  Part of this responsibility is making tough decisions and choosing to cull the animals that lack in soundness, confirmation or vitality   We not only need to act as the caretakers of these animals, but we are also responsible to take the place of the predator who would clean the herd and improve the stock.  Predation is incredibly important in a flock's vitality.  We as the farmers have eliminated that presence and quality control.  So  in order to improve our animals we need to assume that role as well.​​

Penngrove Grazing Project

Our Penngrove Grazing project was developed by becoming friendly with neighbors who were burdened with constantly mowing their acerage.   We had sheep and they had too much grass - so we brought in our sheep to graze.  We improve fencing when necessary and do all of the animal care taking.   Our neighbors enjoy looking out and seeing sheep and lambs - without having to manage any animal care.   This became a win/win situation and we would like to continue to graze as many unused pastures as we can.  All the while making news friends.

​The Penngrove Grazing Project is a community-based, sustainable, land-management concept working to improve the health and aesthetics of the land while increasing atmospheric carbon sequestration into the soil. At the same time creating and enhancing community in a very personal manner. We are practicing carbon farming practices by moving our sheep in out of the fields in a rotational manner.  Carbon Farming is a method of using our grazing animals to encourage deep root growth and build top soil. Through managed grazing we  encourage the plants to draw CO2 out of the atmosphere and into the soil where it becomes a beneficial nutrient.   We are working to bring our sheep into the unused, mowed pastures in Penngrove in an effort to improve the soil, produce fine wool and support a cleaner and healthier environment.


Do you live in a rural residentail neighborhood and have property you or your neighbors are burdened by maintaining?  Do you have sheep and want to graze more land?  Contact me and I will work with you to establish your own community grazing program.   Including helping you to find the funds to get started and keep going in your fire abatement work.



​sarah.keiser@wildoathollow.com



Consulting Services

The services we provide are varied and we are very flexibe, willing the fit the needs of you and your property.   We help with recently purchased property planning and development.  Livestock husbandry and care.   Developing a grazing plan.   Build relatinships with neighbors to create your own community based, ecologically sound land management system for your neighborhood.   

Services Provided:

Hoof trimming and basic animal husbandry

Develop a plan for your homestead/farm for long term sustainability 

Develop a plan that will fit your lifestyle and avoid "burn out"

Garden and orchard planning - including on going soil development


​Silvopasture planning
 
Help to understand what livestock would best suit your land and how to manage them

Help in finding quality, healthy stock from reputable breeders

On going support in the management, health and productivity of your farm and livestock


FEES
We offer our services at a flat $50 an hour rate after an free initial meeting and consultation.