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67 Merchants Row
Rutland, VT, 05701
United States

(802) 417-1528

Rutland Area Farm and Food Link (RAFFL) promotes local food knowledge, production and market opportunities for farmers and community members throughout our region.

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Only 3 Spots - Intro to Starting a Goat Dairy


Register TODAY if you're interested in RAFFL's next summer workshop, Introduction to Starting a Commercial Goat Dairy. There are only 3 spots left! What: Intro to Starting a Commercial Goat Dairy When: Saturday, August 6 from 9:30am - 3pm Where: Consider Bardwell Farm 1333 Rt 153 West Pawlet, VT Fee: $25 for NOFA-VT members and VSGA members; $40 for non-members. Lunch included. Pre-registration is required to attend this workshop. Call 802-434-4122. Please bring clean, washable footwear.  Plastic booties will be provided.

Join RAFFL and NOFA-VT for our next summer workshop, Introduction to Starting a Commercial Goat Dairy. Former Vermont Small Ruminant Dairy specialist, Carol Delaney will present how to create the foundation and set goals for working with dairy goats. Selecting goats, costs, housing, feeding, milking, and marketing will be covered including the decision for selling fluid milk or making cheese. A tour of a commercial farm and lunch with the farmer will offer a time to experience a real situation and to get any questions answered.

300-acre Consider Bardwell Farm was the first cheese-making co-op in Vermont, founded in 1864. A century later, Angela Miller (among others) is revitalizing the tradition with goat milk from a herd of 100 Oberhaslis. Click here for a map to the farm.

This workshop is a part of RAFFL's Summer Workshop series. For more info, contact Kris at kris@rutlandfarmandfood.org. Co-sponsored by the Vermont Sheep and Goat Association (VSGA) and NOFA-VT.