Sunflower Farm Creamery

Nigerian Dwarf Dairy

Welcome to Sunflower Farm - where all the romance of farm life is still very much a reality. Looking for delicious local cheese made in small daily batches? You have come to the right place. May-November, our feta, chevre, yogurt, caramels, fudge and cajeta are available Fri-Sun 10-5 in our self serve farm shop. Come check out what is available, then relax a bit and watch the goats grazing in the field.

We giggle when folks visiting ask us if all the goats have names. Not only do they all have names, they all have distinct calls we know even from the kitchen, they each have preferences for their favorite treats, and places they most love to be scratched. In the milkroom each mama has their own approach to our time together: Matilda likes to be milked without her head closed in to the head gate. GoGo insists that she be milked one side at a time. After Rosemary is milked, she waits on the milk stand for a few minutes of love before she is ready to hop down and go about her day. And Elsie looks right at our kitchen window and calls us to the barn each morning while we are getting our coffee brewed.

There are lots of hot words in the sustainable food movement. Some mean very different things depending on who is using them and for what purpose, but for us, “local” dairy products are unique because each bite is intimately connected to the way the animals at our farm live. Even a town over, the goats are eating different grass, enjoying a different breeze, their milk is not from Stella and May and Sonnet. We find great joy in sharing our lovely goat herd with visitors so that when they eat our chèvre or feta or caramels, they taste even better because they are remembering a sunny summer day in the field with our herd. Hopefully you can taste the love.

sunflower farm GOATS IN SPACE 

 

Click here to visit the auction folder and place your bid in the comments under your favorite works of art.

Scroll through the images above to see the delightful Sunflower Farm Goats in Space submissions as they arrive from around the world, then share with your favorite artist to see if they might join in the fun! Not an artist, but interested in bidding on a work of art? Click above link to head to the auction folder.  Check out the news brief by Barn Correspondent Sunflower Farm Luna By Clicking here. 


BIG ANNOUNCEMENT! We are kicking off a very exciting Goats in Space Collaboration between artists around the world and Sunflower Farm! (Now until January 31st, 2019) Our goal is to collect 100 pieces of original Goats in Space art from around the world! The first four were lovingly created to kick off this project by Keenan Hopson from BC, Canada, Kelelowor from Indonesia, Natalia from Belarus, and Paulina Hrytskovafrom Ukraine. How amazing are they? 

Part of the reason people love goats so much, is because their loving, independent, open, playful spirit reminds us of the humans we most want to be. They are each individuals but also very much operate as part of the herd, running together across the pasture and sleeping in piles sometimes 4 generations deep!  They are so engaging that they help erase the boundaries between humans and animals, help us see that one of the keys to living a joyful life is seeing how connected everything is in the larger story! 

We are a no cull farm and have made it our priority to invite people in so they can learn more about the individual personalities of each of the goats and think a bit more about the story of where their food comes from. Each year we have a lot of fun naming the 50+ Nigerian Dwarf goat kids born on the farm in April. This year we would like to combine this process with our yearly fundraiser for cool local organizations. The Theme is Going to be GOATS IN SPACE. 

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The last couple of years, in response to our Be The Goat auction, artists donated over 200 goats  in all mediums. They came from all over the world!  We posted them on our farm Facebook page and people bid on their favorite creations and then we gave the proceeds to organizations working to help people find their most empowered self. (Family Crisis Services, Cambodian Scholarship Foundation and Jobs for Maine Graduates.) We raised $10,000 over the past two years as a result of these two February auctions and had so much fun. 

This year we will collect work until January and have an ongoing online auction on Facebook as they roll in. Then this winter you are all invited to an event at Frontier in Brunswick, Maine on February 6th from 7-8:30 to see all the art, hear a few stories and enjoy some drinks and snacks. We will complete the final bidding live at that event.

In the past two years, our Be The Goat auctions raised over $10,000 and I am hoping we can build on that generosity this year. All profits from the auction will go to two organizations focused on storytelling, the key to breaking down walls. 

We plan to split the proceeds from the auction to support Frontier Studio’s Sound Bites storytelling series in Maine and The Telling Room who works with recent young immigrants (among other populations) to help them tell and publish their unique stories. Listening and sharing meaningful stories has always been at the core of what makes us feel most human. I spend a lot of my time at the farm standing at the fence listening to people who are inspired by the quiet of the farm, the ruminating goats, the sun, to tell me their story.  It is what I love most about our farm. This personal interaction feels more needed than ever, so we would like the farm’s donation to support organizations dedicated to bringing individual stories into the light. 

Your art donation will then continue to do good after the auction as the farm plans to use digital copies of the images to help bring awareness to and sustain our No-Cull approach to Dairy Farming. 

Listening and sharing meaningful stories has always been at the core of what makes us feel most human. I spend a lot of my time at the farm standing at the fence listening to people who are inspired by the quiet of the farm, the ruminating goats, the sun, to tell me their story.  It is what I love most about farming. This personal interaction feels more needed than ever, so we are excited that the farm’s donation will support organizations dedicated to bringing individual stories into the light. 

Can you imagine the playful spirit of the final Goats in Space collection!? Thanks in advance for your art contributions. We know the farm community always steps up. 

Sunflower Farm Goats are out of this World, because they get so much love. You can find out more about our No Cull approach here: http://www.sunflowerfarm.info/sunflowerfarmlivefeed/ (And while you are there, you can watch the herd on the Live Cam! Already excited for all the new kids to begin arriving in the spring, and what fun it will be to give them all space related names! 

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Please send form below with your art donation! 

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