My name is Angelia Silvera. I was born and raised on a family farm in Athens TN. I am a fourth generation farmer. My grandfather raised cattle but I always wanted dairy animals I knew I wanted to have dairy animals on my ‘dream farm’ someday (if I was ever blessed enough to have a farm). At first that didn’t seem like it was in the cards for me.After leaving school I pursued a career as a professional Cabaret performer and raised my son Brian.In 2006 I graduated at the top of my class from Tennessee School of Beauty Aesthetics Program in Knoxville TN. I pursued a career is Aesthetics and for over 10 years I have been a licensed Tennessee Aesthetician. Then life and the Lord led my husband Rico and I here to Gods Blessing Farm where my dream of “a farm of my own” could be realized. At first it seemed like my Aesthetics background would not serve me here on our farm. That however, would not turn out not to be true.
Providing my own dairy products was at the top of the list when my farm dream came true. I love cheese and yogurts. At first I thought dairy goats would be the answer. After trying almost every breed of dairy goat I came to the realization that none of them truly fit our farm model so with some regret I let them go. The dairy dream then took a turn and led me to dairy sheep . I loved their creamy milk , incredible cheese yields and their sweet dispositions.But worsening food ,and specifically milk allergies, seemed to doom milk of any kind in my life. Painful digestive issues threatened even my ability to tolerate our farm raised meats. But once again through Gods Grace I was lead to a natural healing solution.While researching Donkeys as livestock guardian animals I stumbled across the history of Donkey milk.Long prized as a natural medicine for ailing children and coveted by Queens and Pharaohs alike for its regenerative effect on skin Donkey milk is all but forgotten (or unknown). here in the U.S. However in Europe and many other areas of the world Donkey milk is experiencing an incredible Renaissance .Intrigued I set out to pursue how to truly utilize this uncommon dairy animal. And quite a journey it was. There werent any “Guides to Donkey Milking” text books out there.Through a painstaking process of researching obscure websites(many in foreign languages) and trial and error I was able to begin milking my own Donkeys and expanding my dairy Donkey herd.The effect has been life changing.I can not only enjoy the sweet delicious Donkey milk without ill effect.It has begun to heal my digestive issues allowing me to once again enjoy,in moderation, many of the foods I thought were lost to me. But I have also found that my need for Donkey Milk required developing management techniques and practices unlike any other common dairy animal. In order to help others who need the properties of Donkey milk or seek their own Donkeys as dairy alternatives I did an online seminar for the 2017 webinar hosted by the Home Grown Food Network. It is still available on their website.
But Donkey milk was also prized for its value as a natural skin care agent by peasant and royalty alike for ages..Shortly after I began milking my donkeys I noticed just by rubbing the last bits of milk from each days yield on my hands the regenerative effects were amazing. When I was milking sheep and goats I had developed formulations using those milks in various soaps and lotions. But the unique and superior effects of Donkey milk on my skin inspired me to fully engage my Aesthetics background. In early 2017 I will be launching Latte d’Asina Skin Care. These proprietary formulations using my own hand milked,chemical free,pasture raised Donkeys will be unlike any other product available in traditional skin care outlets.During my career as an Aesthetician I had the opportunity to use some of the best and most expensive commercially developed skin care lines. I can say without reservation that the natural beauty effects of Donkey milk are superior. And all of our products are hand crafted by our family.
But at heart I am still a farm girl. My husband raises our amazing (the only pig breed I can say I love) Meishan Pigs. I manage our flocks of Heritage Pilgrim Geese,Chinese Geese,Muscovy Ducks and assorted bantam chickens.On any given day you can.find me cooking,gardening,cheese making, crocheting, spinning,canning, sewing, formulating new skin care products or just enjoying the farm animals. My days are never idle or boring..
Its not the ‘simple’ life people think of when they think of a farm but its a very rewarding life and I feel very blessed to be able to do it.