Shady Goat Farm is Hampton Road's first licensed cheesemaking farm, and it was started back in April of this year by Shannon and Tim Rice. Shannon got her start as a hobby farmer after taking a goat farming class back in 2010. Two years later with much encouragement from friends to sell her delicious chevre to the public, she quit career in non-profit fundraising and marketing and began goat farming full time.
Shannon is one busy lady, and she needed all the help she could get! The Crop Mob's task was to help clean out the goats' barn, expand their current fenced-in space and spread sand in that area for moisture control.
I was really excited this particular morning, because for the first time in the Tidewater Crop Mob's history, my husband, John, came out to assist!
John proved to be a Crop Mob superstar that day:)
He teamed up with Eric, the guy driving the tractor - I knew that John would naturally be drawn to the heavy machinery aspects of the farming tasks:) I was so happy to have him there, and he made me so proud. I only wish that he could have driven the tractor himself:)
Lara Haner, the Crop Mob Boss, was there working hard, as always.
As usual, Ava didn't help much. But she always tends to find her own thing. That day, she was pretty interested in Shady Goat Farm's loyal and vigilant (if not a little nervous) watchdog, Bruce the Goose.
Bruce did allow Ava to feed him - with Shannon at her side.
At first, she remained unnoticed and unchallenged.
Everyone worked hard...
I think this one showed her gratitude with a little smile:)