Consider Bardwell Farm

January 29, 2011, 12:00 am
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January 27, 2011, 9:33 pm
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These photos were taken a couple of mornings ago when it was -25 degrees!  The goats are quite enjoying the hay on the menu this winter.  A nice, green first cutting full of timothy and orchard grass, accompanied by a dry second cutting of alfalfa that was rained on but still smells sweet.  All of our hay is harvested from our own fields (which are in their second year of transitioning to certified organic).  The goats with their dainty little mouths can pick through the hay for the tastiest morsels, leaving behind the stalky  bits.  The leftovers are raked up and thrown into the pen for bedding.  The does are all dry now, relaxing and putting on a little fat before they all give birth in a month and begin their 2011 lactation cycles.  Kids will be here soon!

January 17, 2011, 11:09 pm
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Kidding Internship
January 15, 2011, 4:48 pm
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It feels like winter just started but we’re already gearing up for kidding season! This year we have nearly one hundred does bred to begin kidding on March 1st. Every doe will give birth to 1-3 kids within a roughly two month time period, and it is the job of the farm staff to ensure the health and productivity of all the goats on the farm (including the +/- 150 new kids!).

As you can imagine, it’s a very exciting, exhausting time of the year. So, if long hours, sore muscles, and, of course, mobs of baby goats appeal to you consider our Kidding Intership!  We are looking for an enthusiastic and hardworking individual to assist with all aspects of farm management including: delivery of kids, goat health, milking, feeding, and cleaning chores.

Farm Description: Consider Bardwell Farm is a goat dairy and cheesemaking operation located in Southern Vermont’s Indian River Valley and easternmost Washington County, New York. The milk from our herd of 100 Oberhaslis is used to make several varieties of award-winning, aged raw milk cheeses. We are an Animal Welfare Approved, grass-based dairy, following an intensive rotational grazing program.

At Consider Bardwell we are committed to sustainable farming methods that minimize waste and emphasize quality. Always aware of our ability to drastically affect the local ecosystem, we strive to be responsible environmental stewards, considering the humane and ethical treatment of our animals above all else.

Internship Starts: February 25
Internship Ends: On or around May 1
Number of Interns: 1
Application Deadline: Feb. 1
Minimum Length of Stay: Negotiable

Meals: Interns will be responsible for purchasing and preparing their own meals. A small weekly stipend will be provided to assist with food costs.

Skills Desired: -Ability to do physical labor
-Ability to work independently
-Intern must be prepared to deal with the life and death component of farming
-Willingness to work long and undefined hours
-Good work ethic
-Ability to maintain a good sense of humor

Educational Opportunities: The Consider Bardwell Farm intern will be joining us for a season when an assortment of goat farm management practices are in use. An interested and self-motivated individual can expect to learn a wide array about goat husbandry.

Stipend: Weekly stipend provided for food.

Housing: Provided.

Contact: Margot Brooks, Alex Eaton

Phone: [Cell] 802-342-3979


January 13, 2011, 1:40 am
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Barn Cats
January 12, 2011, 12:52 am
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The top two ladies are the true barn cats on Consider Bardwell Farm.  These elusive, flighty felines keep the barn free of rodents and sleep in cozy-looking nests in the hay mow.  The middle photos feature Tom, and the bottom photos are of Will.  These two ruffians share a similar rags-to-riches story.  Tom appeared one cold night and cried outside the houses and around the barn until he was eventually taken in and properly civilized.  Now Tom spends his days basking on the radiator and eating Fancy Feast.  Will began his life in a barn among many other cats.  In his early days he suffered an upper respiratory infection that took his right eye.  Although Will seems to apprecite the comforts of living inside with the herd managers, he still  fancies a visit out to the barn every now and again.  He faithfully follows a few steps behind as the goats are being fed and watered, occasionally hitching a ride on a shoulder or in a hood and sampling a bit of kibble from the barn cats’ bowl.

January 4, 2011, 6:24 pm
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