Kickstarters for Food: How the Grenada Goat Dairy's School Project Could Save the World

September 27, 2012 11:45 AM EDT | By Anthony Smith
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When it comes to Kickstarters for Food, few resonate with a diverse, passionate audience the way that the Grenada Goat Dairy's School Project has. Since they were founded in 2008, they've served as a dazzling model of sustainable agriculture, production, and hands-on training to end cycles of poverty for lower income farmers. Providing more than just a quality goat milk product, they hope to lead the world in its push towards eliminating waste and returning to our agricultural roots by showing us how they did the same. (Photo: Kickstarter)

When it comes to Kickstarters for Food, few resonate with a diverse, passionate audience the way that the Grenada Goat Dairy's School Project has. Since they were founded in 2008, they've served as a dazzling model of sustainable agriculture, production, and hands-on training to end cycles of poverty for lower income farmers. Providing more than just a quality goat milk product, they hope to lead the world in its push towards eliminating waste and returning to our agricultural roots by showing us how they did the same.

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With their current Kickstarter, they're expanding to build an interactive goat dairy located on the premises of a primary school in Grenada. The hope is to give young people an exposure to a healthy, happy way of life, and show them that they can equate leaving a good mark on this earth with prosperity, and having enough to feed their families.

I spoke with Christine Curry of the Grenada Goat Dairy School Project. Here's what she had to say.

FoodNRecipe's Anthony Smith: Can you tell me a little bit about where you and your team are coming from, and why this project is so important to you?

Grenada Goat Dairy's Christine Curry: We're all about the holistic green sustainable movement, creating whole healthy food for local consumption, creating community development by providing opportunities and productive pathways for the youth. Long-term solutions to help the local economy, secure food and help the environment.

AS: Why is Kickstarter the perfect avenue for your fundraising?

CC: Because it allowed us to use their creative platform to showcase our project, which has exposed us to individuals and organizations around the globe. Kickstarter also has a dynamic management system which allows us to track our progress every step of the way. Our backers have been watching our campaign like a race, increasing their pledges and reaching out to their friends for additional support. We really felt like our backers were watching the 400 meter run with Kirani James during our last few days of our campaign. We needed the moral support as much as the financial support. Absolutely amazing.

AS: How is goat's milk healthier than cow's milk?

CC: It's easier for humans to digest because the fat proteins and enzymes are smaller than cow milk and most individuals who are lactose intolerance can handle goat milk. Also, in the case of Grenada, it is the most viable option for fresh local milk. Many more families and farmers have goats rather than cows.

AS: Is it true that happier goats produce better-tasting milk, and if so, how do you keep your goats happy and healthy?

CC: Yes, we believe if you take care of goats with a sincere love for them, make sure they have access to healthy nutritious feed and fresh clean water at all times and that they get outside and exercise... they will produce quality milk. There is nothing like it!

AS: What do you hope to teach the rest of the world with your educational model?

CC: We hope that our project will demonstrate a living example of how to capture and engage the attention of the youth and give them opportunities to explore solutions for long-term sustainable agriculture. Our emphasis is also on cross-curricular connections, making knowledge and ideas relevant across subjects and also beyond the school day.

AS: How have you been advertising your Kickstarter?

CC: Through individual contacts and through social media such as Facebook, Twitter and our Website. We also made sure to tap into local media. We sent out press releases and have a great response from radio and television shows here in Grenada.

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To learn more about the Grenada Goat Dairy School Project, and to see how you can get involved, check out their Kickstarter here!



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