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Small-Scale Dairy: Goat Health and Lactation
July 10, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm$38
Spend the afternoon in the goat yard with farmer Allison Houghton and Halé Sofia Schatz, who has over 40 years of experience with holistic human nutrition. We will explore preventative and holistic approaches to goat health and lactation, with a focus on high quality nutrition and behavioral care. This focus supports a healthy herd, longer lactation periods, higher levels of production, and a higher quality product, whether milk, yogurt or cheese.
Managing nutrition and health can be especially important for dairy production in a smaller urban or homestead environment. Together we will also explore the importance of how psychological and physical health problems in goats can be supported with preventative measures of daily exercise, high quality feed and wild forage, minerals and a clean living area. The workshop will focus on techniques and set-ups for a small, urban herd, but many of the same principles for optimum health can be applied to larger or more rural settings.
About the Instructors:
Allison Houghton has worked on several urban and suburban farms and hundreds of gardens in the Greater Boston Area. She has worked as the Horticultural Director for Green City Growers, a farmer and CSA manager for The Food Project, and teaches classes on urban agriculture and gardening. Allison is also the author of The Urban Bounty: How to Grow Fresh Food, Anywhere. She is passionate about sustainability and building healthy soils in the home garden and on the farm.
Halé Sofia Schatz,has been raising Nigerian dwarf goats in her urban setting and creating yogurt and cheeses for the past eight years. She is the author of If the Buddha Came to Dinner and the documentary film about a nomadic family with 350 goats in the Taurus Mountains, www.DaughtersofAnatolia.com.