Yellow Point Farms Talks Family, Blueberries & Goat Yoga

Yellow Point Farms founder, Rebecca Dault, tells us how her family finds solace and happiness living the farm life in Vancouver Island. Also—goat yoga.

by Phillip Mlynar
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In 2018, Justin and Rebecca Dault decided to trade city life just outside of Vancouver, British Columbia, for farm life.

“We wanted out of the busy traffic-filled mayhem that was the reality of our ever-growing city and the always climbing, high land prices,” recalls Rebecca. “So we took the risk, sold our house, quit our day jobs and literally bought the farm!”

The couple founded Yellow Point Farms and have since embraced a lifestyle focused on nature and raising their family.

Taking time out from day-to-day farm business, Rebecca Dault spoke with us about Yellow Point’s blueberry-focused crops, the importance of sustainable practices and a little something called goat yoga that stars on the farms’s Instagram posts.

Keeping It Sustainable

Sustainable practices are at the heart of everything Yellow Point Farms does.

“We love to see everything on the farm—from the animals to the insects to the plants—working together naturally and organically,” says Dault.

“We have a mission of creating a well-balanced ecosystem and rich soils that produce nutrient-dense foods, while treating the environment and the animals with respect.”

A Blueberry Mentorship

Blueberries are a key crop at Yellow Point Farms.

The decision to focus on the fruit came about when the Daults saw an established blueberry farm for sale. The property included a mentorship opportunity with the retiring former owners for the first year of business.

“Their expertise was invaluable and they basically taught us a crash course on everything blueberries!” says Dault.

“It would be a great idea for anyone looking to purchase their first farm to seek out opportunities like this. Many farmers are aging and retiring, and they are taking with them years of knowledge and expertise.”

Get To Know Nigerian Dwarf Goats

Alongside blueberries, distinctive Nigerian Dwarf goats play a key role at Yellow Point Farms. Dault says the animals were their first livestock purchase “because of their beautiful varied colors, small stature and delicious milk.”

“Their milk has the highest levels of butterfat among dairy breeds of goats, making it creamy and sweet tasting,” she explains.

“Nigerian Dwarf milk has approximately six to 10 percent butterfat as opposed to approximately two to six percent for other breeds. Since butterfat is what gives milk its sweet flavor, it’s the sweetest and richest milk of all the dairy breeds. And it’s so good for you!”

Of Goats And Cats And Dogs

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Did I mention I love fall? ? The vibrant colours and crisp air has given the goat walks a whole different feeling. Can hear the herd coming from a mile away through all those leaves that’s for sure! . We are feeling productive this week, garlic is in the ground and mulched with all these leaves ☑️, vegetable beds have been weeded and mulched to rest over winter ☑️, all of Penelope’s piglets except for one who we are thinking we might retain have gone to their new homes ☑️, and now just waiting for the goats to come into heat and breed the does one by one ? Oh and weeding the blueberries… there’s always that… ? . . . #goatsofinstagram #nigeriandwarfgoats #goatherd #goatherder #goatjournal #fallonthefarm #i❤️fall #farming #cultivatinghomestead #homesteadingmama #farmfresh #gardenfresh #happyhomestead #homesteadlife #farmlife #yellowpointfarms #bcfarmhers

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“Nigerian Dwarf goats have such a fun personality,” says Dault, adding that they are social creatures by nature and enjoy human attention.

“We go on walks around our property and little hikes in the forest. I often compare my goats and sheep to dogs and cats. Goats are like dogs in that they will seek any humans out and want to be petted and played with. Sheep are like cats in that they will come to their person when they feel like it and are content to be doing their own thing.”

Introducing Goat Yoga!

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One thing that inevitably always happens during our goat yoga is the baby goats fall asleep on people! It is so hilarious, it makes for some interesting poses. They just make themselves comfortable ? then people don’t want to leave because they don’t want to wake the sleeping baby! If you are interested in participating in one of our one-of-a kind baby goat yoga experiences, there are 5 more classes scheduled for this year! Book ASAP because I think a couple of them are already sold out. I guarantee you will leave with a smile on your face like our neighbor and friend Mei here from @etchythingsandaccents and @vancouverislandmarket, check her page out for some amazing small business branding materials. . . and thank you to @maggieraeconners for the amazing pics . . #goatyoga #itsathing #doit #youwontregretit #bucketlist #goatsofinstagram #tourismnanaimo #supportlocal #yellowpointfarms

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If you peruse the Yellow Point Farms Instagram account, you’ll notice that goat yoga pops up frequently. But what exactly is goat yoga all about?

According to Dault it takes place at their farm—either in the pasture or an eye-catching old barn—and involves a certified yoga instructor teaching a class “while you’re surrounded and jumped on by our baby miniature Nigerian Dwarf goats!” It also turns out that goat yoga can be a form of animal-assisted therapy.

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