Finally, we are seeing signs of spring after a long, brutal winter. With snow banks shrinking and the birds dive-bombing the goats and Addie, we’re seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. Spring on the farm is a very special time. We are dusting off the cobwebs from a hunkered down winter and opening the curtains to let in the breeze.  We’re getting equipment ready for the long days ahead and letting the lessons from our wise French goat farming contemporaries settle in.

This spring is filled with anticipation. How can we bring method to this madness in 2015? With a dedicated farm team in place and the safety net of our neighbors, I am confident we will continue to feel our way through this enigma we call goat dairy farming. This past year had more changes and experiments than I even dare to recall, and I know the year to come will be the same. I am counting the days until I can “be as free as a bird in the wind,” except for me, it’s “as free as a John Deere in the meadow.” With what we learned in 2014 about feeding the goats, I am chomping at the bit to put ideas into motion as we head into the fields.

The goats are happy, healthy, and soaking up that morning sunshine like it won’t come up tomorrow. For many of the yearlings, this is their first experience with warm weather and it is an absolute joy to watch them frolic in it. Despite many of the adversities that come with mud season in Vermont, one can always find peace in the content demeanor of the goats…and entertainment in the fervor of the bucks.

With kids springing, does milking, tractors purring, cud chewing, snow melting, sun shining, clouds parting, rivers raging, country music blaring and farmers running around to get it all done, I am proud to announce we made it through another winter and am excited and ready for whatever lies in the summer ahead!