Creek frozen in February 2008Welcome to the Cyberspace home of Antiquity Oaks, an old-fashioned homestead, founded in 2002 by the Niemann-Boehle family. We are former city slickers who wanted to become self sufficient and have easy access to organically grown food. We share our 32 acres with goats, sheep, pigs, cattle, llamas, poultry, and a retired horse. Although none of us had any experience with livestock, we have learned to successfully raise animals by reading books and finding mentors over the Internet. In addition to raising much of our own food, we sell a small amount of meat, eggs, wool, and homemade soap to customers who value natural foods and products as much as we do. We also homeschooled our children, and in 2004, we began construction on our family home.

If you want to know more about what we do from day to day, you can visit Deborah's blog, Antiquity Oaks, and if you want to follow us minute to minute, you can find us on Twitter.

Deborah is the author of Homegrown and Handmade: A Practical Guide to More Self-Reliant Living, Ecothrifty: Cheaper, Greener Choices for a Happier, Healthier Life, and Raising Goats Naturally: The Complete Guide to Milk, Meat, and More.

We invite you to explore our Web site to learn more about what we do and why we do it.


We are members of the following organizations:

American Livestock Breeds Conservancy
American Goat Society
American Dairy Goat Association
American Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Association
Nigerian Dwarf Goat Association
Illinois Dairy Goat Association
Heartland Dairy Goat Association
North American Shetland Sheepbreeders Association
Society for the Preservation of Poultry Antiquities

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