Goats: Getting Ready for Goat School!

Reader Contribution by Janice Spaulding
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Twice a
year, every year we find ourselves at Stony Knolls Farm, in the

same
predicament! Goat School is sneaking up on us really fast; the weather as usual
is less than cooperative, and time is just flying by!

Cooking to
be done, goats to get dolled up, the baby pigs need to be moved out of the
barn, the grounds need more raking, more mowing, more weeding, more weed
wacking and only half of the garden is in so far (darned weather!) and on and
on.

All of the
food that can be prepared ahead of time is ready and waiting in
the freezer for
the important days, except for dessert. My favorite dish to make but I can’t
decide which ones to do!

Speaking of
food, we do an amazing and interesting buffet for both days of Goat
School.Every dish has goat cheese, goat
milk, or goat meat in it! For many folks, it is the first time they have ever
had some of these items, so they really have fun!Herb chevre stuffed chicken breasts always
hits a home run along with lasagna made with goat
ricotta or a vegetarian mushroom
and spinach lasagna made with three different goat cheeses. We have many people
tell us that they want to come back to Goat School just for the food!

For myself,
my favorite part of Goat School is getting to meet new friends! For this next
session we will enjoy meeting folks from Virginia, Florida, Wisconsin, Illinois,
Minnesota, and North Carolina, just to name a few of the states. This is so
much fun! Most of these folks have never been to the east coast let alone
Maine, so they not only absorb all that Goat School has to offer, but, what our
beautiful state has to offer as well. They don’t call Maine “Vacationland” for
nothing!

We are also
truly blessed to have one of the best guest speakers ever! Andrew Beals from
Poulin Grain in Vermont is an animal nutritionist. He
works with everyone so
that they understand how their hay proteins and grain proteins need to work
together to produce healthy, strong, animals.

This Goat
School we’ll also be featuring a soon to be released new product that we are
really excited about. Carefree Enzymes new udder wipes. We were supplied with
some test samples of these gems, and loved them! I can’t wait until they hit
the market so we can use them on a regular basis. And, of course, what makes
them even neater is the fact that our Xable the Sable’s butt will be on the label.

If you are
reading this and would like to come to Goat School on June 2nd and 3rd,
send me an email and we can make arrangements! We have room in Goat
School and a few spots in the Soap and Cheese making class on June 4th!

Go to: www.goatschool.com for information on
where to stay, traveling directions and etc.