Rosasharn Farm is a diversified family farm, consisting of 80 acres 10 miles east of Providence, RI in Rehoboth, MA. Started in 1986 by Anne Petersen, Rosasharn Farm’s original main focus was its nationally recognized herd of Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats. Our goats are registered primarily with ADGA, the American Dairy Goat Association, and can be registered with AGS, the American Goat Society. Our herd has achieved top awards in the show ring, including many National Champion titles, and recognition for top milk production, proven by our long history of participation in DHIR, Dairy Herd Improvement Registry, and a consistent presence in the ADGA and AGS Top Ten milk production listings. We also participate in, and achieve high scores in, ADGA's Linear Appraisal program.
Since we rely heavily on our Livestock Guardian Dogs to protect our herds and flocks, the goat breeding program was followed by an AKC and OFA registered Great Pyrenees and Anatolian Shepherd-Great Pyrenees cross LGD dog breeding program.
In 2013 we began a Heritage Hog breeding program. The breeds we chose are American Guinea Hogs and Large Blacks for their efficiency of growth in our environment and easy to manage temperaments.
Anne produces a line of goat milk soaps, natural bath and body care products based on the uniquely rich Nigerian Dwarf milk.
We believe in living a sustainable lifestyle. We strive to leave as small a foot print on this earth as is reasonably possible. We grow the majority of our own foods; vegetables, fruits and livestock (goats for milk, poultry for meat and eggs, hogs and lambs for meat). We farm using sustainable practices without artificial chemicals on the land and as little as possible for the herds. We see our land not as a resource to be mined but as a way to grow food and community within a mutually beneficial relationship between the land, the animals and ourselves. We believe in a sustainable cycle of nutrient flow here on the farm. We farm because we love to. The livestock and gardens are integrated and mutually dependent on one another.
We see education as a vital part of our mission and offer internships, 4-H and volunteer opportunities, private and school group tours and classes, workshops, tutorials, and private tours to share our knowledge and enthusiasm for our lifestyle, work and learning in an inspiring community.