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