I’ve talked a lot about the project we’ve begun with the goats, but I realized the other night that although I’ve linked to the page on the farm website, I’ve never really explained it here.
If you’ve been reading here for a while, you might recall that this project started when we were looking to buy a goat and were instead presented with the opportunity to purchase five goats, two of whom were pregnant. The original plan was to keep them through two breeding cycles, keep two doelings for our own needs and sell the others in hopes that we could not only recoup what we invested in them, but make a little bit of profit. We had no intention or desire to keep more than two goats. But, as is usually the case, God had better plans and the Milk Enough project was born!
“And thou shalt have goats’ milk enough for thy food, for the food of thy household, and for the maintenance for thy maidens.”
— Proverbs 27:27
The Milk Enough project is a way to provide meat, milk and income to families in need. Participants of the program (currently based on referrals and applications, so if you know of anyone, please let us know!) will receive – free of charge – two Nigerian Dwarf goats (which, due to their small size, are allowed as pets in many cities, including Bowling Green.) Depending on how much milk participants want/need and how many families are on the waiting list, they will either receive two does/doelings or one doe/doeling and a wether. As funds permit, they will also be supplied with the things they need to start caring for their goats (fencing, hay feeders, a startup ration of hay and grain, etc.) In return, we ask that the first doeling and littermate born on their property be passed on to another family in need (if only one kid is born, we will provide a second doeling or wether to keep her company.)
In addition to receiving a doe (or two) for milk, a buck will also be available at all times for the use of anyone who participates in the program. Our long-term plan is to continue improving our lines so that the goats participating in the program are getting better and better each year, not only providing more and better milk for families, but also giving participants the ability to sell the offspring for higher profits (should they choose to do so.) Our desire is not to simply provide participants with a goat – we want them to have some of the best goats in the nation!
We are incredibly excited about this project, and the possibilities for families who – like us – have been looking for ways to provide for their families but might not have the money right now to invest in something as expensive as a goat (especially Nigerians who are much more expensive, but also much more practical for small spaces than standard goats [they also produce better tasting milk and more cheese per pound of milk, for those interested!]) When we started searching for our own goat, we didn’t have the money for even one Nigerian Dwarf, let alone five. But God made a way for us, and we would like to extend that blessing to others.
Each person who participates is helping to extend that blessing to other families and keep the project going!
For more information about the project and our goats, visit our website www.faithfulwithlittlefarm.wordpress.com