ISLAND and Wagbo host Goat Skill Swap

EAST JORDAN - The Institute for Sustainable Living, Art and Natural Design
and Martha Wagbo Farm and Education Center will hold a comprehensive
symposium on goat care this Saturday, June 23 in East Jordan, MI from 1 to
5:30 p.m. The Goat Skill Swap takes place at Martha Wagbo Farm and
Education Center, located at 5745 M 66 <> in East
Jordan. Register online at

“Goats are incredibly versatile, hilarious, and productive,” Jen Lewis of
Wagbo Farm said. “Caring for them is an education unto itself, and
self-sufficient goat owners need to be familiar with a wide range of

Goat Skill Swap participants will gain real experience with many if not
most aspects of small-scale goat husbandry. Topics will include the
management of goats for milk, meat, and pasture improvement, and
participants will have opportunities for hands-on practice developing
value-added products like soap and yarn, determining what to do in critical
first aid situations, and how to manage breeding and kidding programs.

 “Participants at the Goat Skill Swap get to choose between 2-3 workshops
during any given session,” ISLAND representative Mary Brower said. “We have
workshops for beginners as well as for people who are looking to deepen
their understanding of more advanced topics. Goats are an outstanding
addition to many small-scale farms, and ISLAND would like to help more
people to become familiar with their care.”

Cost of the skill swap is $40 if pre-registered before June 20th, $45 for
late registration. Conference size is limited and pre-registration is
required. For more information, contact [log in to unmask] or  (231)

This event is made possible by a partnership between ISLAND, Martha Wagbo
Farm and Education Center, the Northern Michigan Small Farm Conference, and
the USDA Natural Resources and Conservation Service, with support from Bay
Area Recycling for Charities, Rising Star Wellness Center, Oryana Natural
Foods Market, and Krios Consulting.

Mary Brower
ISLAND Events Assistant
the Institute for Sustainable Living, Art & Natural Design (ISLAND)
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