Sustainable Agriculture

GOATS

MEET BEAVER POND’S GOATS

Viola

Goats were one of the first domesticated animals in the world — even before dogs. Farmers often employ goats for milk and fiber production, as well as clearing unwanted vegetation — herbicide free! Four goats live at Beaver Ponds Environmental Education Center: two pygmy goats that produce cashmere fiber and two angoras, which produce mohair. We use the goats to teach people about fiber education options, as well as animal husbandry education.

PYGMY GOATS

Viola and Miranda arrived at Beaver Ponds Environmental Education Center April 14, 2013 from Jabberwocky Farm. Miranda has dark fiber and Viola, light. Pygmy goats originated in West Africa and were imported as exotic animals, mostly in the 1950s. Males weigh 60-85 pounds, and females weigh 50-75 pounds. Farmers often favor them for their small size and milk production.

ANGORA GOATS

Kahale (Ka-hall-ee) and Jelly Bean are angora goats from Sister Sheep. The fiber collected from angora goats is called mohair. These two boys joined Beaver Ponds April 16, 2013. Because Jelly Bean was gelded at a later age than Kahale, his overall size and horns are larger. Angora goats are smaller than most goats (except pygmy goats) and sheep. Mature males weigh between 180-225 pounds, and females only weigh 70-110 pounds.

Kahale (Ka-hall-ee) and Jelly Bean

Angora goats originated from Asia Minor and date back to B.C. times. Throughout the centuries, people have valued angora goats for their mohair, which is smoother than wool. Its strong, elastic fiber results in durable upholstery and other fabrics. An average angora goat yields about 10 ½ pounds of mohair when sheared twice a year. At Beaver Ponds Environmental Education Center, we shear our angoras to gather fiber; shearing is akin to getting a haircut at the barbershop. In contrast, we harvest our cashmeres’ fiber by combing, rather than shearing, due to the goats’ fine undercoat, because if we cut it, we would need to meticulously separate the loose coarse hairs from the loose, finer undercoat. Visit Beaver Ponds Environmental Education Center to see the “exotic” West African pygmy goats, and experience, firsthand, the difference between goats that produce cashmere and goats that produce mohair. Birthdates Viola – April 2012 Miranda – April 2012 Jelly Bean – April 12, 2009 Kahale – May 3, 2011

Events & Programs

There's always something fun to do at Beaver Ponds.
Here are some upcoming programs and events.

Plant Walks - The 30th of each month
September 30, 10am - 12pm
Contact Eric Chatt for more information at (719) 838-0143

Plant Walks - The 30th of each month
October 30, 10am - 12pm
Contact Eric Chatt for more information at (719) 838-0143

Latest Articles

Harvest Notes 2018

At 10,500 feet we are grateful for any harvest we may produce.  This year we had the largest harvest in our history and expanded the raised beds while continuing soil development.  As a non-profit organization we are sincerely thankful for the help we receive from the...

read more

Healing Plants – Strawberries

One of the most delectable native plant foods has to be the strawberry (Fragaria spp).  A member of the rose family (Rosaceae), strawberry covers the understory of the forest with its creeping rhizomes shooting out laterally in search of more habitat.  Like roses they...

read more

Fire and Water Quality

Forest fires, as we saw recently, in South Park with the Weston Pass fire can be traumatic for people, livestock, wildlife, soil health, and water quality.  People discussed charred pine needles dropping out of the sky like rain.   Fire can be life threatening,...

read more

The Importance of Environmental Education

Our future leaders need to be equipped for tomorrow’s challenges and it is our role as educators, parents, and the community to properly prepare them to inherit this earth. This requires a commitment on all our parts when it comes to providing Environmental Education...

read more

Contact Us

PO Box 995
2234 Busch Run Road
Fairplay, CO 80440
info@beaverponds.org
719.838.0143

Get Social

Beaver Ponds Environmental Education Center (BPEEC) helps people of all ages experientially learn about domestic livestock, horticulture, green energy generation and environmental conservation in a high-alpine, natural setting at Sacramento Creek Ranch near Fairplay, Colorado.

 

PROTECT

PRESERVE

EDUCATE

Newsletter

Learn about upcoming events and programs before anyone else.

We could use a helping hand...

Your tax-deductible contribution will go a long way towards helping us achieve our goals.