WWOOFing: Goat Farm Wrap-up

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We’ve come to the end of our stay on the goat farm. It was an experience full of hard work and lessons learned for all three of us. We worked alongside some interesting people and are leaving the farm with new members of our “tribe.”

My daily schedule

While Miranda worked a full-time WWOOFers schedule (lots of hours, one day off a week), I was able to tailor my schedule (5 mornings a week).

For the first several weeks I had a set routine.

  • Get up before sunrise, dress, and walk over to the dairy barn
  • Attend morning group meeting
  • Milk goats
  • Clean and sanitize the milk machine
  • Take a short break and eat a breakfast of goat yogurt with oats
  • Package soaps and prepare soap and lotion orders
  • Head back home at noon

Then Julia changed my schedule.  I worked in the dairy kitchen following the milking. There I learned to:

Additional chores

I also worked a few hours outside of my scheduled 25 hours, assisting with:

My favorite part

By far, the most memorable of my tasks was assisting with birthing kids. To be there to welcome those little ones into the world was magical.

Of course, observing the little-ones as they discover their legs, explore, and play with the other kids was delightful.

Behold, The Cuteness!

 

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Miranda holding a young Nubian goat

Miranda holding a young Nubian goat

One of the Saanen kids, Rumpelstiltskin

One of the Saanen kids, Rumpelstiltskin

Penelope Danger, another Nubian kid

Penelope Danger, another Nubian kid

Ramona the Brave stops exploring to pose for me

Ramona the Brave stops exploring to pose for me

The other Saanen kid, Rapunzel

The other Saanen kid, Rapunzel

Penelope getting used to her legs.

Playing with the new kids on the block.

Look at my moves.

What now?

The goat farm was a great place for Miranda to discover more about herself, for me to rekindle my love for learning, and for Mike to write. But, after 6 1/2 weeks it’s time for us to move on to other pastures. Literally. We’re moving to another farm stay. We’ll let you know how that goes.





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