Please join us at the Urban Livestock Expo 2018 on Saturday February 3. GlennArt will be speaking about Goat Care at the Southside Occupational Academy. This school has chickens, ducks and now two GlennArt goats: Patsy and Oreo. They made an impression earlier in 2017 when visiting the school. We hope to see you there!
The big girls, Esther, Gracie, Martha, and Destiny, arrived at Foxfire in November, They are at "Date Camp' with Saanan Bill. He is the new BIG BUCK on campus. It will be an interesting kidding season, as Bill is registered with the American Dairy Goat Association.
When the girst checked out their new quarters, as usual Esther led the charge to review the dog.
Patsy, Oreo and Starry Night did not arrive to Foxfire until December 15. We had fun with them, especially when they investigated Chicago's first snow fall.
We had a visit from an Ambassador of WWOOF USA. The World Wide Opportunity for Organic Farming USA sent a person, Christopher Lannguth to review our farm. It was a bit crazy as I cleaned the goat pen and interviewed Christopher. He graciously sent us the link to an interview about WWOOF USA. Hope you find it interesting.
What is a Doeling? It is a young female goat. Due to space and feed bills, we must sell our four girls. If you know anyone who wishes delightful goats who are strong, good milkers, and lovely social habits. These are the ones. If you wish other choices, my mentor at Foxfire Farms has other goats for sale, including weathers and bucks. This is the link : http://www.foxfire-farm.com/dairy-goats.php
The following descriptions outline the details. We sell the goats in pairs, as they can adapt to new environments with a sister.
Luna and Gertie are sisters from a quad group. They are very strong, over 60 pounds each. Their shots are up to date. They are very social as they participated in goat yoga classes as babies this summer. Toggenburg/Nubian cross. Born 4/25/17
Millie and DC are NOT sisters but cousins. They appear to be identical. Both are Lamancha/Toggenburg crosses. They currently weigh more than 50 pounds. Millie is from a triplet group and DC is a single. Millie was born May 5 and DC was our last baby at May 27. They are the same size and features. Their mother and grandmother, Martha, is our best milker.
Rain or Shine, we will be at the Garden--- or maybe back at the homestead. October 14 Weather calls for rain.
Although we know that we will not get a sunny day, we will be at the Pasture at 450 N. Waller as we are able with the weather. From 11 a.m. till 2 p.m., the goats will take a trip to the pasture. Hope to see you
October has begun with great weather for goats. The girls are relaxing and enjoying the shades of autumn. Come meet them from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on October 14. We hope to see you at the Garden and the Pasture. Both the Root Riot Garden and the Pasture are located at 450 N. Waller, which is one block north of Lake Street and three blocks east of Austin Boulevard. Blues music is provided.
In addition to GlennArt Products like chevre and honey, Happy Apple Pie Shop will also be selling mini pies. They are also providing us with a taste of their specialty cookies with our lemonade.
Here is our press release found on this website:
See you there!
One of our greatest challenges was to create a clean space for milk processing. Thanks to Frontera Foundation, we had the funds to do so. Extrutech in Wisconsin produces panels that form sanitary rooms for dairy operations. After months of planning and input from many people, the room took shape. Special acknowledgment to to Amber Pike and her knowledge of other goat farm operations.
Our greatest asset was Nairobi Anderson, electrician and contractor. He slowly constructed our milk processing room allowing us to continue operations while he transformed the space into a room. 'Robi' managed all this over the months of August to September. We reorganized the room adding two new sinks, a hand wash and diary sink. The latter was anchored at a workable height to clean the milking machine. The final product is shown below, a sanitary space for milk production in the city.
In March, we had the complete audit of our goat care. It took eight hours and produced a three page review of our goat care practices. Since then we have attempted to implement best practices for the health of our animals.
1. The goat space in the garage doubled as well as the pen onthe side of the house, both for mothers and kids. David says we no longer have a garage, but a true barn. No cars are stored there. Now each goat has enough space to avoid conflict in cramped quarters.
2. We reviewed our veterinary practices including burning horns of the babies, and maintaining wound sprays and other health needs.
3. Our paperwork continues to be a challenge. We have a diary of goat health, as well as a journal of health incidents. David has set up a number of excel programs with production data which we input on our smart phones when milking.
4. Culling the herd is a best practice. We process the male goats at 12 weeks, which is preferable to selling them to questionable owners who could mistreat them.
5. While we remain fatigued at moving animals around the neighborhood, our goats have never been this healthy. No major parasite problems have appeared this year.
YES we have a product list! All items are available at the Midway Park address. Generally we are home, milking goats, and making cheese. Please call ahead to prepare your orders.
In October, we are also selling these products on the October 14 Gathering from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 450 N. Waller here on the West Side.
Recently we have been accepted to join Lurie Garden's Second Annual Urban Wild event. You can see us at Pritzker Auditorium Millennium Park in downtown Chicago. here are the details.
Date: Thursday, October 19
Location: Pritzker stage in Millennium Park
So you can come find us at home most days, and in October at the Root Riot Garden g or at the loop. Hope to see you!
GlennArt Farm cats stay indoors on this urban farm.
It is a crazy world out there with cars
and germs and other rogue cats.
Stella, Pumpkin and Stanley pursue mice in the basement.
Seeker, Wife. Mother, English Language tutor, goat farmer, friend
(Carolyn's dates & thoughts)
Girls come home!
applied for Funding WWOOFUSA
Root Riot Meeting at Glennart. Planning garden changes.
> Urban Livestock EXPO
Cheese Document plan EXCEL Program
> FIRST GGG Gathering
3/9/2017 Plant: Spinach, lettuce indoors
3/21/2017 First day of SPRING!!!!
3/22/2017 Plant carrots with garlic
4/1/2016 Plan/repair pasture fencing
4/5/2017 set up potato beds
4/12/2017 Kidding Season begins
> Plant potatoes
4/21/17 Milking season begins
4/25/2016 Set up fencing
> Kidding season continues
5/20/17 Spring Gathering
5/25/16 plant Sweet potato in beds watermelon. squash
5/10/16 Cheese making begins
5/15-7/2/16 Last two does duePatsy and Destiny
Sale of bucklings
> Sale of bucklings
> Weaning begins
> Cheese making continues
> Sale of doelings
> Cheese making continues
> Dry out the does
> Does to Wisconsin for breeding