Date: June 20, 2009
Time: 9:00 AM
Location: Heritage Farm Inc
Child Price: Free
Adult Price: Free
Organization: Heritage Farm Inc & Central New York Dairy Goat Society
Heritage Farm and the CNYDGS Team Up to
Offer a Fun Filled Day!
This year the Annual Central New York Dairy Goat Society Club Show will be conducted at Heritage Farm Inc. in Bouckville, New York. Are you asking what’s so special about that? Heritage Farm is a Day Habilitation facility that provides services to individuals with developmental disabilities. Nothing special about that right? Well, Heritage Farm does it a little differently. The farm encourages independence and self worth by utilizing agriculture to enhance their participant’s lives. Each day the participants come to the farm and learn responsibility and respect through animal therapy given through the farm’s livestock. The farm is home to a fresh dairy goat herd. The participants learn to care for each animal and utilize the milk to create cheese, soaps, fudge and ice cream. Through these experiences the participants are learning cooking skills as well as communication and social skills. One day the farm hopes to be able to become a Grade A Dairy and market the edible products that they create. With all of these activities going on each day the farm is home to an atmosphere that is hard to describe.
The members of the CNYDGS have decided to support Heritage Farm in its goal in becoming a goat dairy by holding its show at this unique farm in hopes of showing others within the Caprine community the truly special spirit of this farm. The club will be hosting an American Dairy Goat Association Sanctioned two ring goat show with a Nubian Specialty. The farm will also be offering “The Spring Goat Fling” to the public with hopes of educating their community about the greatness of goats.
Friday night there will be a Showmanship Clinic for anyone interested, followed by a bon fire. Camping is allowed at the farm (no electrical hookups!)
On Saturday during the show, families will be able to walk a goat through a straw maze and take a goat powered cart ride as well as learn about goats and products that can be made from them. A Build it with Dad workshop will consist of a precut kit that can be purchased and put together onsite. Supplies are limited so be sure to come early so you can take part in this fun interactive workshop. All proceeds from these activities go to support the programming at Heritage Farm.
Due to limited pen space the club and farm is asking that each exhibitor bring their own way to pen their animals. A few pens will be available but they are on a first come first serve basis. To each exhibitor who brings their own pen there will be a free breakfast offered. Also the club is collecting items for a raffle table which will be in operation on show day.
“We wanted to be able to accomplish several goals on this one day. We would like to share the special atmosphere of the farm in the spring and teach the community about the greatness of goats. We also wanted to celebrate all the fathers among us and this day seemed perfect to do it. We hope that it is a fun and learning day for all that attends.”
If you would like more information about the show or the farm feel free to contact Patty Davis (CNYDGS President) 315-317-9003 firstname.lastname@example.org or Autumn Bresloff (Heritage Farm Manager) 315-893-1889 ext234 email@example.com. Hope to see you all at the show!