This fine Tuesday after Easter, we present baby animals.
When my dear friend Courtney tagged me in a Facebook post of baby goats asking if I wanted to go meet them in person, the answer was obvious. I grew up in farm country and one of my childhood friends was a goat named Skunk that the county tied up in the prairie next to our house in Poncha Springs to control the dandelion population. I kept him well groomed and hydrated. That’s a story for another day.
Broken Shovels Farm is an unassuming little spot off of Dahlia Street in Commerce City whose mission struck me right in the heart:
A commitment to ethical treatment of farm animals. We are a vegetarian farm with an emphasis on rescue and sanctuary, and operate from the pillars of our instituted “Rights of Non-Human Workers.” These rights include the basic right to life, love, happiness, and the right to their own children and families, as well as competent caretakers.
Even small farms can be a severe and terrible life for its animal workers, don’t believe that just because you are buying from small farms that you’d approve of the standards of animal treatment. I want to ensure a cooperative, mutually beneficial food production with my animal residents and moreover, a happy, productive, high quality life for those who provide it.
…We work to educate the public about the emotional lives and personhood of domesticated animals.
…While we are dairy producers, we advocate a vegan diet, or a large scale reduction of consumption of animal products to ensure the health of humans, animals, wildlife and the planet.
Goats are social, curious creatures. On the day we visited, Courtney and I had the pleasure of milling around the open pens with a few families. We took turns snuggling the new babies and admiring their sweet little faces under the watchful eyes of the friendly mama goats.
Broken Shovels also sells their own handmade jelly, chevre, ricotta and Icelandic yogurt. Foodies and animal lovers alike can nerd out on responsibly-produced dairy products made right here in Denver. I purchased a jar of jelly and we snagged complimentary cupcakes with chevre frosting for the road.
Prices change over time but Broken Shovels requests a $20 donation for adults and $10 donation for kids (the human ones, GOAT JOKES). Donations provide the resources for facility upgrades on the farm. Follow their adventures on Facebook to be the first to know dates for visitors. On May 3, the farm will commence their Free Sunday Open Farm and Market days.
See you there, goat lovers.