GOAT YOGA CLASSES
Raw Milk Production
About GlennArt Farm
GlennArt Farm is a remarkable place where agriculture and community meet. Located in the Austin neighborhood on Chicago's West Side, the farm is a going concern for many Chicagoans and suburban dwellers as well. GAF is a place where Goat Guardian Guild members, as well as the rest of the Chicagoland community, have a source for fresh farm products, fellowship, work opportunities, and good, clean fun. [More about us here....]
Thank you, Chicago, for being our neighbor!
As we finished 2018, we had a few opportunities to give back to our neighborhood. We received a call from a friend in the hood who asked us to visit the Positive Attitudes Working Day Care on Austin Boulevard and Chicago. All of us, Ioders, workers and kids had a fun time feeding two of our chickens. Pearl our gold hen and a Barred Rock (black and white) chicken came. The kids decided call the black and white hen ELOISE. She was very popular and curious investigating all the office.
- March improvements were completed with the help of volunteers and contractor Nairobi Anderson. Improvements included cleanup of the Waller Pasture, a complete rebuild of the indoor chicken coop, and ratproofing of the garage and chicken area. In August, a WWOOF volunteer/guest built a new outdoor coop for our happy and truly free-range hens.
- Kidding season started on, April 28, when we saw our first freshening when Martha produced triplets. In May, Esther and Destiny followed with a single and twins, respectively. Esther birthed one baby, while Gracie gave birth to twins. We rounded out the herd with the purchase of three orphan babies and a first-year mommy goat and her buckling.
- We received two more volunteers in May, who cleaned up outdoor milking area and refurbished our milk stand, scrubbed it and repainted it—in time for milking season, which began May 22.
- May 23 was opening day of Goat Yoga sessions, which continued every weekend until the end of August. David—the scheduling Goat Yoga guru—managed to accommodate schedule changes due to inclement weather. It was a great season, including 30 open classes at the farm, nine at Garfield Park, and seven private parties.
- On July 10 we were invited to be on the Windy City Live TV show. It was great fun to be a part of—and to watch!
- This season’s hard work and vigilance toward goat health and milk production was well rewarded: we passed the Department of Public Health’s inspections, the sampler test and the processing test, and on August 20, we received our raw milk permit.
- Weaning season began, August 27—but milking continues!
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