Funded! This project was successfully funded on September 28, 2012.

Update #22

The Grenada Goat Dairy Project ~ Goats arrive at St. Patrick's Anglican School

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Dear Backers of The Goat Dairy ~  GRATITUDE sums it up!  THANK YOU so much again for contributing to this unique and beautiful project, we're taking the next step...

We are pleased to announce that the goats arrived yesterday ~ The children and staff of St. Patrick's Anglican were so excited to have the goats move in yesterday!

Welcome from the students & staff...
Welcome from the students & staff...
Students patiently waiting for the arrival...
Students patiently waiting for the arrival...
Principal Ms. Alexander embraces this project for her school, Grenada and the region...
Principal Ms. Alexander embraces this project for her school, Grenada and the region...
The ladies of The Goat Dairy arrive in great spirits...
The ladies of The Goat Dairy arrive in great spirits...

Though our cheese sales help, we are not quite sustainable yet so please donate in order to keep this amazing project going: http://thegoatdairy.org/donate/ or contact us directly at info@thegoatdairy.org.

We're actively posting updates ~ Please follow us on FB at www.facebook.com/thegoatdairy

With continued thanks and best wishes for the coming months,

Christine, Malaika & The Grenada Goat Dairy Team


Update #21

Happy Holidays & New Steps for The Goat Dairy ~ 2014

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Dear Backers of The Goat Dairy,

Happy Holidays and Blessings for the New Year! Once again, thank you for supporting us through our Kickstarter campaign in 2012 and for your commitment to the success of our project. Getting the construction completed to standard has been a longer process than we projected but we are finally there. We are preparing to move goats from our main farm facility to the school project at St. Patrick Anglican School in the first weeks of January and we're seeking support for our next steps.

In an effort to make the first year of the school project a success we are reaching out to our community for support to cover $2,000USD of monthly expenses to run this interactive school project. (See flyer below) Our dairy production is not quite able to cover all our operating costs, yet. We hope that the additional milk from the goats at the school project and the government's promise to support a network of goat farmers to develop their herds and sell quality milk, will allow us to produce more cheese and other dairy products in the coming years. We are a non-profit that actually has a vision for long term financial self-sustainability but right now we are still relaying on the generosity of folks who believe in our vision.

If you or anyone in your network is interested in donating please do so online at http://thegoatdairy.org/donate/ or contact us directly at info@thegoatdairy.org.

With best wishes for the New Year,

Christine, Malaika & The Grenada Goat Dairy Team


Update #20

28 SEP 13 ~ 1st Annual Update

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Dear Backers ~ THANKS TO ALL of YOU ~ Last year at this time, we were celebrating our successful Kickstarter campaign! Just one year later, as stated in the last report we are forever grateful and we are delivering this project to you, Grenada, the region and the world!  We’re almost there... please see snaps below: 

snap 1) New goat house facility as of 28 SEP 13 

snap 2) TGD’s goats receiving physical exams prior to transport to their new facility. 

snap 3) Community collaboration with another school farm on animal fodder “Moringa” 

snap 4) Some of the ladies at The Goat Dairy’s main education/demonstration facility located at Belmont Estate, Hermitage, St. Patrick.

snap 5) TGD’s Christine & “Blue” 

Please stay tuned for more updates & snaps & OUR OPENING DATE, with kind thoughts and continued thanks to all of you ~ Christine & The Entire Grenada Goat Dairy Team

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Update #19

2 Sep 13 ~END of Summer Progress Update!

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Dear Backers ~ We hope everyone enjoyed their summer!  Where has this year gone? Last year at this time, we were gathering your support and contributions for this project.  And for that we are forever grateful and we are delivering this project to you, Grenada, the region and the world!  

We're BACK ON SCHEDULE ~ as you learned from our last progress report at the end of June... we had a bit of a delay, while we were under construction some structural issues with the school’s main septic system were found, which runs directly beside the farm, garden and into the playing field.  This situation was completed at the end of July.   We got the final inspection and the green light to GO AHEAD during the first part of August. We were waiting for a shipment of cement for a couple of weeks, it just arrived a week ago and WE'RE ROCKIN it NOW.  If all goes as planned our final construction phases will be completed during this month.  The students just started back to school today and along with their teachers, they're eager to start using their new farm facility.  The community is very excited about this project as well!  The installation of the security fence is currently taking place, this will incorporate the entire farm system~ the goat house, poultry coop, compost area and school garden.  This is an extension from our original plan of only fencing around the goat house, now the entire farm facility will be secured.  Please see attached images of installation of the fencing...and for fun a snap of one of breeding bucks this season, Billy Bob!

 What's left to complete after the fencing is up?... 

▪ final electric & plumbing hookups ▪ additional storage shelves, milking stands, feed racks & painting ▪ security system ▪ transporting goats to new facility ▪ Grand opening of the facility: sometime during October (If all goes as planned ~ to be announced) 

A RECENT ARTICLE ABOUT our project and ALL OF YOU ~ OUR BACKERS, who made our Kickstarter campaign a suscess!   A HUGE thanks to our Director of Public Relations, Malaika Brooks-Smith-Lowe, who took extra time out of her busy schedule to submit this article ~ http://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/2013/aug/30/kickstarter-goat-dairy-grenada

This recent NY times article relates to why we're doing what we're doing:  http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/04/world/americas/as-cost-of-importing-food-soars-jamaica-turns-to-the-earth.html?smid=fb-share&_r=0

Please continue to follow our progress, we're actively posting updates on our Facebook page ~ you don’t have to be a member of Facebook to follow us on it: www.facebook.com/thegoatdairy

Please stay tuned for more updates & snaps... Happy Labor Day to our US backers and as always, with kind thoughts and continued thanks to all of you ~ Christine & The Entire Grenada Goat Dairy Team

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Update #18

Dear Backers ~ 26 June 2013 Summer Progress Update

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What’s happening with The Goat Dairy’s St. Patrick’s Anglican School Project? (check out snaps below)

What’s holding things up?...

We have a bit of a delay, while we were under construction some structural issues with the school’s main septic system were found, which runs directly beside the farm, garden and into the playing field. This situation was initially assessed and appeared not to be an issue in moving forward with the construction of the goat house facility. The septic system was cleaned out as recommended and during the recent process the existing structure appeared to have additional problems. The system was completely reassessed by engineers who strongly recommended that the entire septic system be reconstructed. So, now this school project has the commitment from the Ministry of Health and Education that the system will be restructured as soon as the students are out for their summer break, which starts at the end of next week. Once this is completed, then we’ll be able to carry on with our final touches of the facility.

What's left to complete?...

▪ final electric & plumbing hookups
▪ additional storage shelves, milking stands, feed racks & painting
▪ security fence and security system
▪ transporting goats to new facility estimated time of arrival: end of July  

▪ Grand opening of the facility: sometime during the first two weeks of September (to be announced)

Please continue to follow our progress, we're actively posting updates on our Facebook page ~ you don’t have to be a member of Facebook to follow us on it: www.facebook.com/thegoatdairy

Please stay tuned for more updates & snaps... 

Continued kind thoughts and thanks to all of you ~ Christine, Malaika & The Entire Goat Dairy Team

image 1:  A recent visit by the Minister of Education, Hon. Anthony Boatswain, ensured us his support to make the necessary repairs in order to move this important project forward.

image 2:  Other important members of the Ministry of Education join St. Patrick’s Anglican School Principal, Ms. Alexander and school manager, Father Mayer in their recent visit to the new creative agriculture facility!

image 3:  The goat house facility ~ pending, just a few minor touches!

image 4:   East Side of goat house ~ pending, new septic system!

images 5 & 6:  Inside peak of classroom and facility center isle!

image 7:  Preparations for the school project continue taking place~ baby goat kids (Cabot & Pancake) recently return to The Goat Dairy after being socialized during their foster care with veterinary student Gabriel. 

image 8:  Goat green (Moringa) starters, reach for the sun to get a jump start as the rainy season kicks off our planting...

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