Upstate goat dairy farm Split Creek Farm’s nonprofit Goats 4 Goodness is offering virtual farm tours and animal meet-and-greets.
“With the majority of the country quarantined, we wanted to offer a way for both kids and adults to learn a little more about the farm and experience the joy and happiness from getting to interact with our goats,” said Split Creek Farm co-owner Sandra Coffman.
Virtual visits are open to any school, university or business who wants to learn about the farm or see the goats. Lasting between 15 to 30 minutes, each visit can be customized to meet the needs of the participating group.
“If a group of corporate employees wants to see our baby goats jumping around and playing, we can show them. If a class of children wants to learn about the farm and see the goats, chickens and horses, we can give them a tour,” Coffman said. “This is all about expanding the educational component of our farm that we already have in place and using technology to bridge that gap. Many studies point to the happiness that animals, especially goats, bring to people. We want to share that with others.”
Goats 4 Goodness focuses on goat therapy, educational experiences for visitors and local university students and farm events to support feeding and caring for the animals. The organization is asking for a $55 donation for a 15-minute visit or $65 donation for a 30-minute visit to help cover farm expenses.
For more information, visit www.goats4goodness.com/virtual-education.