September 10, 2012
Acorn Hill farm: 65 Red Barn Rd., Walker Valley, NY 12588 (Ulster Co.)
10:00 AM- 4:00 PM
Your dreams of adding dairy goats to your farm aren’t out of reach! Farmer Joyce Henion will explain necessary steps in preparing for and acquiring your dairy goats and then walk us through dairy-goat farming and marketing. As we tour Acorn Hill Farm, we will see the care, terrain, housing and milking infrastructure this small herd of goats requires. We will learn how Acorn Hill built and runs its on-farm licensed cheese-making facility. Challenges and benefits of raising dairy goats organically will be covered. Mary Ann Johnson of the Hudson Valley Agribusiness Development Corporation will discuss funding options, marketing, and planning for a farm business or new farm enterprise. Lunch will be provided, and pre-registration is highly encouraged for all participants.
Acorn Hill Farm (a NOFA-NY Farmer’s Pledge™ Farm) started with just two goats intended for the family’s supply of organic milk, yogurt, and cheese. Joyce Henion quickly realized that a local market had serious potential and a significant farm business was within her reach. Her efforts and work with the Hudson Valley Agribusiness Development Corporation expanded the initial home-scale dairy to the farm’s current 25 does and micro-creamery that supply many CSA programs and markets in the region.
This field day is supported by the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA, Grant #2011-49400-30510, and USDA Risk Management Agency Education and Community Outreach Program.
Registration: Please register by calling Stephanie Backer-Bertsch at NOFA-NYat 585-271-1979 x 509, or by registering online at http://www.tinyurl.com/nofanyevents. Registration is $15 for NOFA-NY Members / $30 All Others (includes lunch).