Project Category: Social Enterprise
Street Goat is an urban community farming project, that began in 2015. The project has two sides: a community run goat dairy producing milk for 20 households, and a grazing project which takes male goat kids to produce sustainable meat.
Street Goat works in urban Bristol, taking land that is unused or underused. We give urban families the opportunity to be active, part-time farmers. Many urban families wish that they could move to the countryside but modern life and finances make this impossible for most. Street Goat is a way that people from all backgrounds can become more connected to food and farming.
Our community dairy is producing milk that is natural, sustainable and affordable. Families take an active role in the dairy, and gain all the therapeutic benefits from working with the goats in the process. Our meat production raises goats on overgrown allotment land, bringing acres of allotments considered unlettable back into use for vegetable production. This year we have collaborated with South Gloucestershire council and Avon Wildlife Trust to graze nature reserves overgrown with ivy and bramble, to encourage a wider diversity of wildflower to grow in the Spring. To do this we bring together a community of goat herders to collectively manage the flock.
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