Welcome to Our Homestead, Mitten Acres!

We are located in the suburbs between Ann Arbor and Detroit, in Oakland County, Michigan 

We are currently raising French Black Copper Marans and ADGA and AGS registered Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats.

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As Always,

Thanks So Much for Stopping By!

Lori & Jeff

The Goat Barn Progress Update 1/4/2019


The Wood Has Been Delivered!

I've finalized the interior layout and we're ready to begin finishing the interior of the barn.  We finished installing the windows and Jeff has finished making the beautiful Dutch style barn doors, getting them installed and securing the building.  

The large order of wood paneling, 2x4's, 2x10's, 6x6's and 4x4's is under cover and ready to become stalls, the milk room, feed room and pen areas.  

We have had a lot of fun planning, designing and building the barn for the goats.  We will update the progress as they are finished.   

Stay tuned!

Our New Goat Barn - Coming December 2018!

The foundation is going in!

We've got the footings poured and the stem wall is being framed so the concrete should be poured shortly if the Michigan weather cooperates.  Our new steel dairy goat barn will have plenty of room for the goats and kids.  

Michigan's weather never seems to cooperate with getting things built before the snow flies - We've already had snow fall here in SE Michigan so it came a little early this year.  We expect to have the steel shell up no later than the first week of December so we'll be working on it throughout the cold winter months.

The Interior Barn Layout

We are so excited to finally be able to put a larger goat barn up. We'll have a large loafing pen for the does, 5 large birthing stalls, 2 kid pens - one for the baby does and one for the baby bucks plus a separate, enclosed buck room with private pasture for the herd sires, dams and the kid pastures.    

Since our neighbors suffered so many lamb losses this last Spring, we are considering installing electric fencing in addition to all new no-climb goat fencing.  

In addition, we moved the location of the barn so it will be a lot closer to the house but still meet the setback requirements.

Moving Into the Barn

We'll be hitting the ground running so to speak.  As soon as possible,  we will get the doe & buck pens built, the fencing for them in place,  and then we'll begin moving the hay, feed, and  all of the supplies out of the garage and into their permanent places.  

It will be so great to have the goat stand out of the back yard and out of the elements!  

Check back, we'll be updating our blog with progress reports, photos and may finally resume videos for our You-tube Channel!  

Thanks for Stopping By.  We Hope You'll Drop in Again Soon!

Jeff & Lori

Mitten Acres  


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Our 10+ Acre Homestead

Building our new homestead from scratch!

We hand-cleared and built our new home in 2012 and continually work on improving the property, putting in fencing, adding livestock, planting trees, planting the garden, building housing for livestock and more. 

Sharing our Successes...

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and a few of our not so successful endeavors.  

The trials and tribulations of the last 1 1/2 years has certainly changed our life views and has helped us to focus more on family, friends and our homestead.   

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Mitten Acres

SE Michigan, United States