Welcome to Willow Blue Farm!



Welcome to Willow Blue Farm!

AO(OW) - YA - GI = Origin of a Name

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Willow Blue Farm's name is from our family name: AOYAGI (青柳:あおやぎ) The kanji characters by themselves mean BLUE (青:あお:AO, In this context a shade of green or blue) and WILLOW (柳:やなぎ:YANAGI, Meaning Willow).

Willow Blue Farm was founded in 2011 by Carla and Daisuke Aoyagi, and their two young daughters. Located just north of Chico, CA on 3.5 acres situated in orchard country, it was a diamond in the rough (really rough). The inherited feral barn cats (too many to count) and our 6 hens and one rooster (Kazoo!) were the first animals to be part of our farm. Seven years and a LOT of work late, we whittled the original mass of cats down to one sweet cat and her gift of four sweet kittens (now cats).. and a whole mess of other animals.

A biodynamic farm with 1/10 acre famly garden, 1/4 acre tiered orchard, two 1/4 acre irrigated pastures, two dryland/seasonal pastures (one 1/4 acre and the other almost a 1/2 acre), a large, 300+ft mixed species hedge, six 150+ year old towering black walnut trees, many other trees and shrubs for food and animal habitat, and various other blended multipurpose areas.

Currently we have a very nice herd of Mini-Nubian Goats (6 does, 1 doeling, 1 Senior buck, and 3 junior bucks), which, after some major heartbreak and turnover in the last two years, is growing into a beautiful and productive herd!

We have a small herd of Shetland and Dorper sheep for wool and meat; A small sounder of KuneKune and AGH (American Guinea Hogs) Pigs; A large flock of ducks and chickens and a gaggle of geese (with some Guinea Hens thrown in for their bug eating and musical traits); two dogs and afformentioned 5 cats.. and all the wild birds, snakes, toads, squirrels and other wild animals that are charmed and protected by our portion of bliss.

We are now up to four daughters, ages 9 through 1, that help out greatly with the day to day animal care and feeding. They (and their mother) are still working on how to keep the house clean though....

Introducing Our 2018 Mini-Nubian Breeding Plan!