The Adirondack Goat Club is busy this September!
We started the month at the Farm2Fork Fest in Saranac Lake at Riverside Park on Labor Day weekend. Gail Huston and Rose Bartiss brought three goats to display for people at the fest. Rose had her Angora wether and her Alpine doeling. Gail brought her Lamancha yearling. The goats had a great time hanging out and meeting new people. Rose brought some of her goat's milk soaps and sold quite a few throughout the day. Many returning customers remarked on how moisturizing and gentle the soap is to use.
The next Goat Club event will be a general meeting on September 23, 2012 at Gail Huston's house in Bloomingdale, NY from 12pm - 3pm. The theme of the meeting will be "Breeding". We will talk about what is needed to prepare for breeding season, finding good breeding stock, heats, pregnancy, etc. The meeting is a potluck so bring some food or drinks to share. Even if you aren't planning on breeding this year, please stop by and enjoy some goat talk and good food!
The Goat Club will end September by being at the Adirondack Rural Skills and Homesteading Festival at the Paul Smiths Visitor Interpretive Center in Paul Smiths, NY. The Fest is on September 29 from 9am - 5pm. This celebration of rural skills will showcase the talents of a bygone
era with a distinctly Adirondack flair. Exhibitions will include logging
and farming with draft horses sponsored by the Paul Smith’s Draft Horse
Club, and a demonstration of competitive lumberjack sports by the Paul
Smith’s Woodsmen’s Team. Workshops will appeal to a wide range of
interests and include topics such as local and seasonal cooking, cider
making, cheese making, packbasket construction, renewable energy, fall
gardening, heating with firewood and primitive skills. The Adirondack Goat Club will be presenting a workshop on "How To Milk Your Goat". Rose Bartiss will have her Alpine milking goat there for the day to demonstrate proper milking technique. She will also have more of her soap for sale. Gail Huston will be there with some of her goats as well. If you are interested in helping out with the Goat Club at this event, please contact Rose Bartiss. This event is $5 per person to attend or $10 per van load for the day.