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Teaching folks how to make their own goat cheeses, and more than that, how to feed their families from easily sustainable goats! Read more

St. Albans, ME Food
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Teaching folks how to make their own goat cheeses, and more than that, how to feed their families from easily sustainable goats!

St. Albans, ME Food
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Teaching folks the ins and outs of how to use the products that their goats produce has always been near and dear to our hearts.  Making goat cheese, is fun, and simple, but, most people think otherwise.  We love teaching them how easy it is and how their families can profit health wise and monetarily  from not only the cheese but the good healthy milk that goats produce also!

We have been teaching these classes in our very small kitchen, and often have to turn people away because space is so limited.  I hate having to do that!  We really need a larger space to teach these classes in.

Making goat milk mozzarella is so much fun!
Making goat milk mozzarella is so much fun!
Chevre! Delicious, tasty, ready and waiting to be flavored.
Chevre! Delicious, tasty, ready and waiting to be flavored.

Using the whey from the cheese making to make breads and also general bread making is also something we would love to teach!

I would love to teach folks how to make these delicious breads using goat milk or the whey from making cheese!
I would love to teach folks how to make these delicious breads using goat milk or the whey from making cheese!

Because goats produce vast amounts of compostable waste, we are able to dress our gardens liberally with this black gold.  The results are lush, well producing gardens from which we make multitudes of canned goods.  Canning is another subject, that a classroom building would allow us to teach!

Home grown fruits and vegetables make delicious, crispy, fresh pickles, and incredible jams & jellies
Home grown fruits and vegetables make delicious, crispy, fresh pickles, and incredible jams & jellies

A project we have tossed around over and over is to create a series of "farm to fork" dinners, with all of the ingredients coming from either our farm or local, surrounding farms.  We have some amazing Blue Grass Music bands in our area and would also love to incorporate their music! This building would also allow us to accomplish this dream!

Over the last eight years, we have been doing classes in our cramped kitchen or outdoors and occasionally Mother Nature has not cooperated.  This, of course, has not always been very much fun for the folks attending!  Maine weather is unpredictable at best.  Renting a tent has been a temporary fix for rainy, cold, windy weather, but, it's just temporary and doesn't always work well. In the spring of 2010 we had over 110 people from 22 states and they didn't all fit under the tent!  Then the poor folks all had to stand in line in drizzle for the buffet lunch.  Everyone did have a wonderful attitude about it all, but we really want to make things more comfortable for our guests.

Standing in line for lunch!
Standing in line for lunch!

Our project is a 24 X 40 foot pavilion style building with a wooden floor to keep everyone nice and dry while they learn about goats, or, take a cheese making, bread making, pickling, canning or soap making class.

This project will allow us to offer more classes, and teach more folks about the great usefulness of goats, because weather will not be the factor it has been for the past several years.

Once the pavilion building is completed, our next project will be to build a small building for storage of all of our class related items.  Chafing dishes, crock pots, portable ovens, cooking utensils, eating utensils, tables, chairs, coffee pots, and carafes are just a few of the items we are needing storage space for.

This is where our class room pavilion will be built.  Electricity is in and waiting...
This is where our class room pavilion will be built. Electricity is in and waiting...
Goat School, Fall of 2006, the foliage was gorgeous
Goat School, Fall of 2006, the foliage was gorgeous
This is why Goat School needs a class room!
This is why Goat School needs a class room!
Teaching cheese making in our small kitchen is difficult when there is a crowd!
Teaching cheese making in our small kitchen is difficult when there is a crowd!

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    A mention on our web site and a special thank you!

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    A mention on our web site, a special thank you, and a full color postcard of one of our gorgeous goats.

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    An autographed copy of one of our new "how to" books. Your choice of "My Little Pickle Book", "My Little Bread Book", or "My Little Dessert Book".

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    An autographed copy of one of our new "how to" books. Your choice of "My Little Pickle Book", "My Little Bread Book", or "My Little Dessert Book" plus two bars of our delightfully creamy, hand made, goat milk soap.

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    An adorable T-Shirt with a drawing (by Janice) of one of our goats "Clara Sunshine" and the logo: "Good Things From Our Goats" on it, plus, 2 bars of our delightfully creamy, hand made, goat milk soap.

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    An autographed copy of our "Goat School" books: "The Goat School Manual" or "Goat School: A Master Class in Caprine Care and Cooking" or a T-Shirt with Clara Sunshine on it and four bars of our wonderful goat milk soap.

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    An autographed set of our "Goat School" books: "The Goat School Manual" and "Goat School: A Master Class in Caprine Care and Cooking".

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    An autographed set of our "Goat School" books: "The Goat School Manual" and "Goat School: A Master Class in Caprine Care and Cooking" plus a T-Shirt and a full color 2013 calendar with beautiful photos of our goats for each month of the year!

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    Attendance at Goat School for one person (travel and lodging not included) or an autographed set of our "Goat School" books: "The Goat School Manual" and "Goat School: A Master Class in Caprine Care and Cooking" plus a T-Shirt with Clara Sunshine on it, a calendar, and four bars of our wonderful goat milk soap.

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    A private Soap Making and Cheese Making Class for you and four friends or relatives at our farm! (Travel and lodging not included)

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    Attendance at Goat School, plus, our Soap Making and Cheese Making Class for two people (travel and lodging not included) or both Goat School books, all three "My Little..." books, a calendar, 2 T-Shirts, six bars of goat milk soap, and 2 jars of delicious marinated Feta

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    Attendance for two people for both Goat School and the Soap Making & Cheese Making class plus two nights during Goat School at the beautiful Brewster Inn in nearby Dexter Maine. (Travel not included)

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