|My sign frankly pales in comparison to the burgeoning crops behind it.|
|The Gathering Space|
The reality of the farm's work is not lost on me- their mission is to supply food, and to allow people to farm their own plots with native crops such as amaranth, spicy peppers, and eggplants. Part of that mission means that the animals they raise are going to be eaten as well, hence this sign:
That's right. A community slaughter room. It's a DIY operation, and not for the faint of heart, to select and butcher your own goat when you visit the farm. The awesome part is that these goats are castoffs from goat dairy operations, and instead of being killed immediately following their birth, are not wasted but instead raised to adulthood on the pastures next to the Winooski River, and are used to feed members of the new American community in Vermont. And, very importantly, this marvelous farm allows new Vermont refugee families the chance to continue their family traditions of gardening and farming traditional foods.
Even if you are not a co-op member, you should consider a visit sometime to this pastoral beauty. You'll know just where to leave your car.