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Flip Flop Ranch is a working farm and educational center teaching visitors about farmlife and encouraging self-sufficiency. Through our farmstay, day experiences and classes, you can experience what farm life is really like and learn some new skills while you’re at it.
We are a small family run farm dedicated to teaching farm skills and to the preservation of endangered, heritage livestock breeds.
Even without the threat of a zombie apocalypse, today’s global food shortage and rising commodity prices have most of world’s population on edge. Whether it’s crop-destroying freezes, hurricanes and tornadoes, mega-wildfires and droughts, nuclear contamination, flooding, infestations or speculators on Wall Street, food availability is no longer a given in modern civilization.
The world has lost 60 breeds in only the past five years making that one breed becoming extinct every month. We believe it’s vitally important to maintain the genetic diversity of livestock and crops and keep these creatures from extinction. We currently raise endangered chickens (Dorkings and Australorps), geese (Cotton Patch Geese), Turkeys (Bourbon Red), ducks (Ancona), pigs (Guinea Hogs) and goats (Nigerian Dwarf Goats). We raise heritage, open-pollinated, Non-GMO plants in our garden and orchards.
Traditionally, farmers throughout the world have raised thousands of different animal breeds and plant varieties. However, since today’s industrial farms rely upon only a few specialized types of livestock and crops, thousands of non-commercial animal breeds and crop varieties have disappeared, along with the valuable genetic diversity they possessed. Fortunately, a growing number of sustainable farmers, such as ourselves, are preserving agricultural variety and protecting biodiversity by raising “heritage” or “heirloom” animal breeds and crops.
Get dirt under your nails while you learn to garden, save seeds, butcher a chicken and milk a goat! Learn useful skills like chopping wood, building a fire, canning your own food, making soap and cheese. And if that’s not enough to make you want to visit…we have tons of kittens!
Our goal is for you to not just have fun, but to leave the ranch having learned something (or a lot of somethings!).