vera farmiga, up in the air, goat farmVera Farmiga may get to be close and sexy in films with the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, and George Clooney — but her real love is at home on her sustainable goat farm in upstate New York. “In another life, I was a shepherdess,” she said back in 2007. “I like being off the grid. I want to be self-sufficient and live off the land.”

Farmiga, 36, lives on the farm with her rocker-turned-carpenter husband Renn Hawkey and their four-year-old son, Fynn. The family maintains a herd of Angora and Nubian goats, all female, and breeds them — which is where the quest for goat semen comes in. “My mission was to find the best goat semen in the States,” she told the UK Times Online. “And that’s when my husband Renn and I started dancing with the nitrogen!”

According to the article, the Up in the Air star and her husband were so taken with the cool smoke effect that was dispelled from the nitrogen, that they danced around the room to enjoy the moment. Unfortunately, left at room temperature, the semen spoiled — and now Farmiga is back on the hunt.

Eventually, she hopes to one day sell organic goat’s cheese and goat’s milk soap from her prized Angoras and Nubians.

You can see her next as the romantic foil to Keanu Reeves in the comedy Henry’s Plan. Oh, and if you’re curious, here are Farmiga’s instructions on “How to Milk a Goat“.

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  • edward

    goat raping b*tch.

  • Joseph Berchtold

    Goat raping? Methinks the goat would be a willing participant.

    I certainly wouldn’t object to being “harvested” by Miss Farmiga.

  • http://www.plantpeacedaily.org JC

    “In fact, if one person is unkind to an animal it is considered to be cruelty, but where a lot of people are unkind to animals, especially in the name of commerce, the cruelty is condoned and, once large sums of money are at stake, will be defended to the last by otherwise intelligent people.”
    — Ruth Harrison, “Animal Machines”

    Check out this informative and inspiring video on why people choose vegan: http://veganvideo.org/

    Also see Gary Yourofsky: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bagt5L9wXGo

  • sabita patwardhan

    Isn’t goatmilking also about continually getting goats to have babies and then slaughtering these babies to take their milk.
    In that case I’m disgusted.
    Protect these animals but do not steal and slaughter their children. That is in a nutshell what the milk-, meat- and chickenindustry are doing.

  • http://www.donegalveg.blogspot.com DonegalVeg

    wow – it’s really sad and appalling that ecorazzi would support this. Goat farming sustainable? I don’t think so!! Goat farming cruelty-free? Nope….get with the program and get educated!!! http://www.govegannow.com

  • http://vegan--japan.blogspot.com/ herwin

    wait a minute, a herd of only female goats ? so what happened to the goat guys ? And what happens to the baby goats ?

    and whats the funny talk about “dancing with nitrogen” ? that means no natural sex for these goat ladies but forced insemination ? Yuks.

    Organic and “living of the grid” ? Really ? To me it seems more like the beginning of a comercial goat factory farming to me.

  • http://vegan--japan.blogspot.com/ herwin

    Goats are indeed the new factory farming animals, sadly enough. Because of swine flu and destruction of their pigs, many pig breeder has gone goat the last few years in Holland. Results : Holland can now boost the first worldwide national pandemic of the Goat Flu which killed at least six people. 40.000 female goats are now destroyed as a precoation. Most female goats are pregnant so the actual number is almost double and these small baby / foutus goats will all slowly die inside their mothers dead bodies. Isnt that sad ?
    http://atomicnewsreview.org/2009/12/22/dutch-cull-first-of-40000-goats-to-counter-q-fever-outbreak-which-has-killed-6-people/

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