I really don’t know if “Compassionate Farming” is a term that is already being used by someone or even many someones. It’s a term that we have chosen to embrace in every aspect of our farming. We live with compassion toward our animals, compassion toward each other, and compassion toward the earth.
Our family owns and operates a very small farm nestled in the woods of Maine. We maintain a small herd of pet goats who generously provide us with the milk needed to hand-make our mild goat milk soap.
We pride ourselves on the compassionate care of our farm animals first and foremost. We believe that healthy, content animals produce the best quality products. Our animals are provided toys and other environmental enrichment in addition to complete nutrition and plenty of human interaction.
Unlike most dairy goat farmers, we feel that it is important for our goats to have the experience of mothering and of learning to be a goat. We allow our mother goats to raise their kids. We use the leftover milk. Most dairy goat farmers will milk the female goats and bottle-raise the kids, separating the kids from the mothers soon after birth. This allows the farmer to control how much milk the kid gets and how much milk the farmer gets. This may increase the amount of milk that those farmers get from each doe, but we feel that it is not in the goats’ best interest.
Out of compassion for our goats and by putting their needs ahead of ours, we are proud to work with our goats rather than around them. Each of our goats is a pet. They each have a name. We know the sound of their individual voices. Our goats are happy, healthy animals. Because of this, they create healthier milk which makes our soap better. We love the work that we do and know that you will love the products that we create for you!
“I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.” ― Maya Angelou
We make many mistakes. It’s a part of the process of building experience and knowledge and, eventually, wisdom. We research as much as our resources and time allow but, until we start getting my hands dirty and doing the things we’re reading about, we will only understand the concepts we’re dealing with, not the reality. We are heartsick about the fact that some of our mistakes affect our family and our animals but please let us assure you, when we know better, we do better. If we make a mistake, it is out of lack of information or not recalling the right piece of information at the right moment in an emergent (or near emergent) situation, not from lack of intent to do good. Other than the things that we learn by experience, we are forced to learn from what others tell us. We try to choose our advice sources wisely but, even then, we may still follow some bad advice. In many situations, there is no RIGHT answer and if we talk to ten people about what to do, we’ll get ten different answers. So, we make our decisions based on what we have experienced, what our collected knowledge informs, and what our hearts tell us. Please keep that in mind as you read about our farm. As we know better, we will continue to do better.
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