The goat herd at Milk and Honey Farm is the star of every program at the Boulder JCC. Kids and adults alike love to see, pet, and feed the goats.
The goats at Milk and Honey Farm are owned and cared for by Beit Izim (House of Goats). The group, made up of over 20 individuals and families, collectively own, milk, and care for the goats. Members of Beit Izim commit to a regular goat care shift, which includes feeding the goats, milking the goats, and other chores. They also pay a small annual fee that helps to cover some of the costs and care for the goats. In return, members get to take home the goat milk they milk during their shift. Beit Izim has a few openings for new members to join. Email Yael Cohen, membership chair, if you are interested in joining or want to learn more.
Being part of Beit Izim offers members the opportunity to connect with the earth in a unique way and to obtain and consume sustainable, healthy food. And we’re expecting more baby goats in the spring! Members get to attend births and be the first people to interact with the new babies.
If goats are not for you, another great way to connect is to join a CSA, or Community-Supported Agriculture. A CSA is a program where a farmer offers a certain number of “shares” of the farm’s crop to the public. Typically the share consists of a box of vegetables. Members of a community purchase a share or membership and in return receive a portion of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season. Local farmers benefit through a guaranteed customer base throughout the growing season. Members get to eat ultra-fresh food, with all the flavor and vitamin benefits. You are also exposed to new vegetables and new ways of cooking, as well as an opportunity to visit your CSA farm.
Tuv Ha’Aretz (good for the earth) is the CSA program at the Boulder JCC in partnership with Red Wagon Farm. CSA members can pick up their share in the parking lot at the Boulder JCC on Thursdays. The 2020 CSA season will run for 23 weeks from May 18 through October 22. Red Wagon CSA makes the whole process easy with plans for households of all sizes, payment plans, and even several local pick-up locations if you need to switch. Registration is open now at https://redwagonfarmboulder.com/csa/
If you want to learn more about the CSA at the Boulder JCC or other options, Boulder County Farmers Markets is hosting a CSA Fair on Mon, February 24, 2020 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at Sanitas Brewing. Red Wagon Farm will be there and it will be a great chance to grab a beer or kombucha, learn about Community-Supported Agriculture, meet your local farmers, and find a food share that’s right for you.