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February Meetup: Social Gathering + The Year of the Goat

  • Feb 10, 2009 · 6:00 PM
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Please join us for a fun and casual February meetup at which we will be reconnecting with each other and/or meeting new members. We will have our usual [excellent!] potluck followed by a brief discussion of the year ahead for our group. We're meeting slightly earlier in order to do some of will be worth it! After that we will have a cheese tasting and presentation from Margaret Hathaway and Karl Schatz, goat aficionados extraordinaire! (more below). A great night for some winter comraderie as the days lengthen an many of us are already dreaming of our gardens.... 6pm Potluck + Group Discussion starts 7:15 ish Presentation + Cheese Tasting 8:30 ish Wrap Up and Questions Potluck Breakdown Last Name A-G bring a veg or salad dish Last Name H-M bring bread or dessert Last Name N-S bring beverage or "appetizer" item Last Name T-Z wild card ... bring whatever! Please see our Meetup Event RSVP Guidelines:
http://permaculture.m...[masked] Please remember to bring your own potluck kit (plate/bowl/utensils/cup/napkin)! Please consider bringing your digital camera and posting up a few photos after the event!
In the spring of 2003, feeling like something was missing from their city lives, writer Margaret Hathaway and photographer Karl Schatz began to dream of an existence that was closer to the land. They became captivated by the idea of themselves as... goat farmers and cheese makers. Realizing that they knew little about goats, and even less about farming, they gave themselves a year to explore the world of goats and decide if that was where they belonged. On a life-changing journey that covered forty-three states and 40,000 miles, the couple learned not only about goats and cheese, but a new back-to-the-land movement that included sustainable agriculture, Slow Food, heirloom vegetables and heritage livestock. Now the couple lives on a homestead of their own, Ten Apple Farm, in Gray, Maine, with 2 small daughters and a growing menagerie of animals. The story of their transformation from city folk to small farmers is chronicled in Hathaway’s book, The Year of the Goat: 40,000 Miles and the Quest for the Perfect Cheese. In a presentation that includes a reading from the book, a slideshow of their adventures, and a tasting of the cheeses they’re beginning to make, Hathaway and Schatz will talk about their goat travels and how they are applying many of the principles they learned on their journey to their life today.

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  • Lisa F.

    meetup photos by elizabeth harvey

    February 18, 2009

  • Lisa F.

    What a great story! Thanks so much to Karl and Margaret for sharing their journey. Very inspiring.

    February 18, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    Lisa -- I am so sorry that we missed the potluck & were unable to let you know ahead of time! My husband came home last night just as I was putting the finishing touches on our potluck salad & announced that he had lost his job (which brought us to Maine in the first place). Needless to say, we weren't feeling too festive & social last night.

    IF we are able to stay in Maine, we will see you at a future meetup...
    Jill (& Bob) Benning

    February 11, 2009

  • Sue M.

    Was great to see so many new faces, and the famililiar as well. I love when we have more time to socialize too. The nametags were such a good idea Lisa. No wonder we love you!

    February 11, 2009

  • Cari

    This was my first meetup and it was a great one! Well done. I only wish we had had time for a little more q&a before we broke for Margaret and Karl's cheeses (whihch were excellent). Thanks!

    February 11, 2009

  • Shelagh R.

    Many thanks to Lisa and the organizers. Great event! The talk/slide show were fantastic. Also, that dish with the apples and raisins and sweet potatoes (?) was fantastic.

    February 11, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    Enjoyed myself. I was fun to meet the other folks and to hear the presentation. Look forward to coming to other gatherings.

    February 10, 2009

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