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Welcome to Pi Creamery

milk mustache

photo courtesy of Shannon Keagan

Pi Creamery is a family business with health and wellness at the center of our farm-based model. We believe in a small herd with holistic practices, including hand-milking, a varied diet, and preventative treatments as opposed to antibiotics and vaccines. The philosophy of Pi Creamery is to uphold the highest standards in the treatment of our herd animals, the care and safety of the milk, and the product available to our herd share members.

If you would like to join our herd share, please sign up here.

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Dear Friends-
We are on the verge of inviting some new blood into our farm community to help us make some much-needed transitions in how we do things here on the land. We do not yet know what shape or form these new friends might take, but over the coming months, it will all become apparent. Meanwhile, we’re putting this out there in the hopes that you, our larger community, can help the right people find us. Here’s a few things on our wish list.
1. We are searching for a live-in caretaker. Starting toward the end of October, as our AirBnB bookings taper off, we will have our awesome Getaway Cabin available for this person on a work/trade basis, with minimal basic costs to cover in the form of rent. It is a fully self-contained unit, great for a single person or a very close couple in a long term relationship. This caretaker must be interested in becoming a part of a working goat dairy operation, must have some familiarity with tools and basic handyman (or handywoman) know-how, and must be interested in rural living. They should probably also like children and be amenable to childcare. This person should also be interested in creating a long-term situation for themselves here, as we look toward the Spring as the time to build a new living structure here on the farm to house a caretaker through the rest of the seasons.
2. We will be hosting short-term tenants in the form of residencies. Our other cabin, the Lookout Loft will be coming up for rent at the end of this month. It has been, and will continue to be, a great place to find focus, a retreat for people looking to finish short-term creative projects or in-town work contracts. We are looking to host individuals or committed couples for short, 3-6 month residencies, for people to plug in to the farm on as as-desired basis, or simply tune out the larger world to find space within themselves to make things happen. We are happy to discuss the rental terms of the cabin with interested parties.
3. As our family grows, Jessica​ and I are both looking back toward what we have created here over the last 4 years, and also looking forward to how we can create necessary space between ourselves and the daily upkeep and maintenance of the farm and the herd, for new experiences like travel, far-flung work opportunities, and necessary time to watch and help our child grow. It is a lot of work, being stewards of the land and making it prosper. We like work, and the successes we’ve had are worth celebrating. There will often be times, especially during the winter, when we will invite others to house-and pet-sit for us, and if you are at all interested in such a situation, please reach out. Our home was built to be shared, as so many of you know.
That is all. We are spending today working on a Community Agreement for the land, to help foment some of these short-term changes and long-term shifts. I can’t think of a better time to do it than in the transitional (and beautiful) Autumn season. Thanks for listening.

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Pi Today’s the day! As part of the rollicking, outrageous, and ever-in-the-news celebrations of this special date — 3-14 a.k.a. “Pi day” — we are excited to officially launch Pi Creamery into the world.

As many of you know, we love our goats!  These special creatures are a big part of our farm family, and for 9 months each year they provide us with gallons of healthy, rich, and deliciously flavorful milk each day. In addition to sharing  raw milk with our community, we can think of no better way to use this bounty than to turn it into our favorite food: ICE CREAM!

You may be asking yourself: Why Pi? Why did we choose this name for our creamery, you ask? There’s a story!

See, when Papa Tuck and Martha Teutsch bought the farm back in the early 70’s, these two Texas expats needed a name for their new home. Ambitiously (some may say ostentatiously!) they called their 15 acre homestead “The Lazy T Ranch”. No ranch is complete without a unique brand (the real, steel kind), so my dad took the two initials of our shared name “TT” and gave it a curving, “lazy” top. Et Voila! The Pi symbol became our sigil. For us, the Pi symbol represents not only a mathematical constant, but the circle of life, which we try to honor here on our farm. In the last 30 years, the farm has grown to over a hundred acres of forest and field, and now supports multiple households, a tyrannical goat herd, chickens, ducks, dogs, cats, an awkward llama, and a dream for a new line of raw goat’s milk ice creams. We all live together, completing the circle of life! Like us, why don’tcha?

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The timing for this particular goat story finds me on the verge of saying goodbye to Scarlett.

Scarlett

Scarlett came to us after a successful dairy goat career that ended a little too early. While in residence with the Siskiyou Crest Goat Dairy, Scarlett suffered a mild stroke or seizure during a difficult birthing. Needless to say, that kidding was her last. (more…)

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When we moved to the ranch, we discussed which animals we were interested in caring for; goats were on the short list. When we found out that a local farm was dispersing their herd and looking for a good home for several retirees, we raised our hand to volunteer. Thus began our love affair with the caprine class.

La Mancha doeling goat (more…)

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Honey extracted from combs drips into the collection basin

We were sad today to discover that our hand-me-down hive, which we acquired from a friend in early November, had succumbed to the winter weather. While we learned a valuable lesson about hive placement and sheltering from the cold and damp, we also found that we were suddenly in possession of a valuable resource. With our bees all dead, we began extracting the combs, placing them in our overly warm downstairs bathroom. Once the honey had thawed a bit, we began the process of scraping, collecting, and spinning–the result of which is a golden ambrosia. (more…)

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Trouble was the matriarch of the  Siskiyou Crest Herd. This article was written by Dana Kristal, and posted in the Siskiyou Crest Herd Share Newsletter in September 2010. Trouble retired to the Lazy T Ranch in October 2011. She continues to prove herself a worthy leader and an incredibly special goat. Here’s her story:

Alpine dairy goat, Trouble

Trouble is a ten year-old Alpine with a beard as long as her dairy career. (more…)

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