Farm Features

Mountainside Farm, Nelson County Virginia  Julie Burns

May 2018

Greetings from Mountainside Farm, Nelson County, VA.

My name is Julie Burns and I started with angora goats back in the early 1980s after seeing a photo of an Angora goat and information at a booth of a hand spinner at the Crozet Arts and Crafts Fair. I was on the organizing committee for VAGMA (now EAGMA) as well as on the organizing committee for Fall Fiber Festival at Montpelier. I’m pleased both organizations are still going strong. Due to unforeseen circumstances I had to sell my Angoras in the mid-1990s and go to work at the University of Virginia. I recently retired and decided to get back into farming. I was able to buy some white registered Angora breeding stock from Peavine Hollow Farm and 2 colored Angora wethers from Kid Hollow Farm as well as a wonderful Karakachan livestock guardian dog named Yorgi (also from Kid Hollow).

I am enjoying the challenges of Angora goat farming. I love being able to get outside every day. I will strive to build a happy, healthy herd of great producers. I find the Angoras easy to care for and good for the land. I also hope to create some products with their beautiful mohair. And I am looking forward to meeting the EAGMA members and perhaps reconnecting with some members that I knew back in the eighties and early 90s.

The photo is of the latest addition born Sunday, April 22nd a doe kid now almost one week old.