It is our complete pleasure to update at this time ~ thank you so much again for your amazing contributions towards this project! We're delighted to see this project in action ~ it is our hope that by using the goat dairy project as a platform, students will have a new creative learning space and an introduction and appreciation for growing their own food. We have a personal letter to you directly from the St. Patrick's Anglican school principal, Ms. Alexander ~ But first we want to update you on how your contributions have been spent on this project:
$63,160.00 OnLine Donations Pledged
-625.00 Donations Pledged but Not Collected
-5,332.19 Amazon Processing Fees
$57,202.81 USD Net Contributions Received
$ 1,716.00 Truck repairs, seeds for feed
$42,486.00 Construction, Labor and Materials for Goat House Facility
$14,115.00 Animal care, feeding & maintenance for goats
$58,317.00 USD Total spent
Grenada Dairy Goat Facts: Based on our past 5 years of research and tracking data, it takes approximately $3-4 USD per goat, per day for maintenance, care & feeding. It takes about 1-2 years to develop a young goat kid to an adult, where they are able to produce milk.
ST. PATRICK'S ANGLICAN SCHOOL
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An Update on the Goat Dairy School Project
By Principal Ms. Wilma Alexander
The Goats arrived at the school on February 4th, 2014. It was a historic day in the life of St. Patrick’s Anglican School as we are the first school in Grenada to have a school based project of this kind. A total of sixteen goats arrived at the school.
We are extremely grateful to the Board of Directors of The Goat Dairy Project for choosing our school to initiate this project. This project will certainly bring tremendous educational benefits to our school on a long and short term basis. Students and teachers will be exposed to interactive teaching/learning processes. Already, teachers are using the project to improve Literacy. Students are engaged in the writing process as they develop interesting compositions about the goats.
Furthermore, we hope to teach students about sustainability and from a nutritious stand point, the concept of “farm to the table" with a focus on eating healthy. We hope also to educate our staff and students with correct practices which are necessary for goat dairy production and to inculcate the skills and values to motivate students into becoming goat dairy farmers.
We have already conducted a staff development session to introduce the curriculum guide which was developed by a committee headed by retired Science Curriculum Officer, Mr. Jervis Viechveg. The teachers seem to be enthusiastic about the introduction of the project. They have expressed their intentions to integrate the content into the school’s curriculum.
Students have already demonstrated keen interest in the project by participating in the feeding of the goats. All classes, from Kindergarten to Grade Six, participate in the feeding process. Classes are scheduled to participate in feeding the goats twice per day. Photographs and short videos attached can be viewed to show students embracing the project by participating fully in it.
However, the project is in its initial stage with young goats which are not yet undergoing production. Therefore, we are faced with some challenges to sustain the project at this time. Propagation of feed is ongoing at Mac Donald College and at the Anglican Rectory grounds at Madeys. In the mean time, food for the goats is being purchased. Providing a monthly salary for a one man staff and purchasing feed are our immediate challenges. Security is also another challenge. Therefore, financial support is necessary to sustain the project until it reaches the designated time of production. It is our hope to raise these much needed funds to sustain the project. However, we will welcome further pledges to assist with sustaining the project during its initial stage.
Allow me to state here that the project seems to be generating national interest among the populace. Schools engaged in educational tours are already making it an attraction site.
We continue to persevere to overcome the challenges but be assured that this project will certainly create a positive impact on the staff and students of our school and the wider community by extension. Continue to follow us on our face book page for updates on this peculiar project. Thank You!
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We're actively posting information regarding our project and information related to the sustainable food movement!
With continued gratitude,
The Grenada Goat Dairy Team