Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Getting your goat


Was I really thinking about raising goats? Well, maybe ... probably not ... no.

To be honest, I’ll use any excuse to visit the Zane Grey Estate on a Saturday morning. It’s such a pretty place, a connection to old and new Altadena that smells of pine and healthy earth and growing things. So a workshop on raising goats? Sure. Should they ever offer Window Washing for Dummies, Do it Yourself Drywalling, or any other skill I have no intention of practicing, I’ll still be first in line.

The only downside to visiting Steve Rudicel and Gloria Putnam of Zane Grey and Mariposa Creamery fame, is that I feel like such a slacker. I don’t raise goats and chickens, make my own cheese and wine. I don’t own a restaurant like Steve, I’m not an astronaut or nuclear physicist or whatever it is Gloria does professionally.

Long ago I learned to set the bar rather low so as not to be a disappointment to myself.

About 40 people turned out for Gloria’s presentation, “Goat Keeping for Dairy.”

More at Patch

22 comments:

  1. You stick to growin' bananas and economic forecasting and I'll stick to drywallin' - and economic forecastin'. 'Course, I've always said if I could train chimps to drywall . . . but, those pesky animal licensing issues, the ASPCA, etc. The only thing stopping us from being a team.

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  2. I hiked through a field of goats in the Yorkshire Dales on Saturday. There aren't many in this part of the world so I don't know much about them. They were more timid than I imagined.

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  3. Always great fun visiting places to explore our own feelings of inadequacy--I do that often.

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  4. DS, what makes it even worse, these people are genuinely nice. It's just not fair.

    Tony, really? Because these goats are all up in your face, like gigantic puppies.

    Bandit, deal.

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  5. Goats are cool. For one of the blogger picnic someone brought home made goat cheese, and it was sooo good! Are you sure don't want to raise goats? They look a lot like dogs. You could probably walk around with them the same.

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  6. saw this on Patch and then found your blog. below is what I wrote there. I love your blog - you are hilarious! -- Oh my God, my husband and I thought WE were the only people there on Saturday under false pretenses! Everyone else asked such literate questions, we thought we were the only frauds there. Your article had us howling - "boyfriend doesn't drive" ! Indeed, Steve and Gloria are an incredible inspiration, but your article is a gift as well.

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  7. Oh Joy, I am so sitting with you at the next workshop.

    Vanda, actually you can walk goats on county streets. Also cows, donkeys, and llamas.

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  8. After my grandfather died, my granny had a gentleman friend named Jack. One year, she gave Jack a goat for his birthday. He named the goat Arnold. Jack taught plumbing at a local community college, and Arnold usually went along for the classes. Goats are a very likeable group of....well....folks.

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  9. Goats can rid your garden of everything that grows much quicker than your gardeners can, and then you can eat them or drink their milk.

    The goats at Zane Grey are very friendly, so I assume there's no Billygoat? They have a very distinctive smell, er, scent.

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  10. Just another bleating heart.

    GG

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  11. "Long ago I learned to set the bar rather low so as not to be a disappointment to myself." Gosh, I wish I heard that more often from people--that and some other minor honesties.

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  12. Over the years I've showed up for all kinds of learning events. So glad to know I'm not the only one not to take it any further. Curiosity is a wonderful thing!

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  13. Marjie, that is a great story. Even I would have attended that plumbing class.
    Bellis, only one neutered boy, for the reasons you mentioned. They highly recommend the boyfriend live far, far away.
    Banjo, really?
    Paula, I once attended a class on making your own household cleaning products. As if. But you would have taken notes.

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  14. Homemade laundry soap = dingy whites so screw it. Actually, DH suggested I alternate (I don't let anyone else do laundry), prolly will. Too cheap to stop now.

    wv inemosce
    These are my inemosce thoughts...

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  15. I went with a group of friends once to someone's home where they raised goats. The goats were friendly enough, but the guys in our group made the mistake of petting the Billy. The smell was so strong, even after several hand washings, that we had to drive back with all windows down in the car.

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  16. Great Patch piece; it was informative and very funny! Now that I know what's involved in raising goats I won't quibble at the price of goat cheese. I look forward to your next dispatch from the world of off-beat lectures.

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  17. My search for a goat began at Zorthian's ranch when I was a senior in High School. I showed up unexpectedly and Jerri gave me a full tour of his erotic etchings. I left goat-less and with my honor intact, but somewhat unnerved.

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  18. I met Gloria and Steve at an Arroyo Food Co-op gathering at a winery outside Santa Barbara. I had tagged along with a friend who didn't realize it was a potluck. I was embarrassed I'd shown up empty handed, but that didn't stop me from voraciously eating their goat cheese. They're amazing.

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  19. Practice, practice, practice:

    http://www.wimp.com/babygoat/

    wv matesol
    You (looking at love true cross-eyed) are my matesol.

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