gather and grow

Homegrown, hand-spun living in the city

As my friends and family know, I have a soft spot for goats. It’s an instinctive thing. Just as I fell in love with spinning wool as soon as I watched someone do it, and knew immediately that I wanted it to be a part of my life somehow, similarly with goats there has always been a sense of recognition, as if it were only an affirmation of an existing bond. Maybe I was a goatherd in a past life. This sense of resonance led me to jump at the first opportunity to learn to milk a goat and to make goat cheese a couple of years ago. While traveling in South America, Dan and I WWOOFed on a goat farm in Central Chile, and got to test the veracity of the many myths about goats’ typical characteristics ourselves. (Some of them we got to know very intimately. Some of them we felt in our bodies the next day.)goatsSo I’m sure you won’t be surprised to hear that I’ve been looking into urban goat-keeping quite seriously, reading books and attending workshops. If it wasn’t for the fact that we are going to be moving in a few months, I probably would already have brought home the two kid goats that I hope to get in a not-so-distant future. The breed I would like to get is the Nigerian Dwarf goat. goats2Having two of them just down the street from us, over at Naomi’s Organic Farm Supply, has only solidified my decision. I’ve watched these girls grow ever since they were just about the size of a large cat. Sooooo cute!!

Some day… In the meantime, here are some of my favorite resources for keeping goats and urban dairy goats in particular:

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