It’s baby goat season at Sprout Creek Farm! Every March a new herd of rambunctious and adorable kids is welcomed to the barnyard family. Ever wanted to spend a weekend on a working farm playing with baby goats? Now’s your chance.
Baby Goat Weekend – an Upstate Gay Adventure presented by Big Gay Hudson Valley – has a packed list of happenings perfect for a weekend away in the Hudson Valley.
Taking place on one of their peak kidding weekends, you’ll work alongside Sprout Creek Farm’s farmers and educators to milk and care for the goat moms (does), while feeding and frolicking with the dozens of newborn kids
You’ll meet and care for the farm’s cows, pigs and poultry and gain a deeper understanding of what goes into each gallon of milk, wheel of cheese and carton of eggs they produce
Take a hands-on tour of Sprout Creek Farm’s on-site cheesemaking facility & pair their multiple award-winning cheeses with locally made wines from Millbrook Winery
Get to know your fellow farmers over evening entertainment from Hudson’s Trixie Starr and Fabulous Farmer John
Restore your chakras with a session of Baby Goat Yoga
Experience true farm-to-table cuisine with meals prepared by Chef Mark Fredette, featuring ingredients grown at Sprout Creek Farm
What’s Included with Registration?
Baby Goat Weekend is an all-inclusive overnight experience at a picturesque Upstate farm. Early bird registration is just $199 per person (increasing to $249 per person on February 20th). Your registration includes:
- Three meals and snacks as prepared by Sprout Creek’s Chef Mark Fredette, a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America
- Co-ed lodging in bunk bed-equipped cabins with all blanks, pillows, linens and towels provided
- A cozy weekend away packed with activities on a working farm
Check in begins at 11a on Saturday March 10. Check out is at 2p on Sunday March 11.
Alcohol will not be available for sale during the weekend, however those 21+ are welcome to BYO and enjoy responsibly.
Where Are We Staying?
Sprout Creek Farm in Poughkeepsie, NY is a non-profit working dairy farm and award-winning creamery. Their education center and camp will serve as our home for this immersive overnight adventure. You’ll experience hands-on life at a picturesque production dairy farm just 90 minutes north of New York City.
Getting to the Farm
Have access to a car? The farm is located just off the Taconic Parkway about 90 minutes north of New York City.
Taking the train? Metro North’s Hudson Line takes you right to the Poughkeepsie station where a Sprout Creek Farm shuttle can come pick you up. An additional fee applies, see the registration form for more information.
We’ll do our best to ensure that you are warm and well-fed, but there a few other things that you may want to bring with you.
- Gloves & other cold weather gear
- Boots (It’s likely to be muddy on the farm)
- Yoga Mat (for baby goat yoga, of course)
- Beer, Wine & Spirits, to be enjoyed sensibly by those age 21 and over
Will I get dirty?
Yes. You will be participating in a variety of activities indoors and outdoors on a working dairy farm. Please be sure to pack appropriately.
How do I get to Sprout Creek Farm?
The farm is located 90 minutes north of New York City in Poughkeepsie, NY and is conveniently accessed by car via the Taconic State Parkway. There is plenty of free parking onsite at the farm. You can also access Sprout Creek Farm via Metro North Railroad, and shuttle service from the Poughkeepsie Train Station to the farm is available for an additional fee when you complete your registration.
Where will I sleep?
You’ll be assigned a bunk when you arrive for registration at Sprout Creek Farm. If you book your registration as a group, we’ll be sure to assign you a bunk near to your friends. If you have a special request for whom you would like to bunk with, you can include their name when you register for the event. Please note that all cabins are co-ed.
What if it snows?
Winter in the Hudson Valley always presents the possibility of snow. That said, unless there is an extreme snow emergency, Baby Goat Weekend will go on rain, snow or shine.
Do I need to bring any money with me to the event?
Your registration includes all activities and meals, although there is a small store and visitor center onsite should you wish to purchase cheese or other souvenirs to remember your visit to Sprout Creek Farm.
Can I purchase alcohol on site?
There is no bar onsite; if you’d like to have an adult beverage you are welcome to BYOB.
So, What is Sprout Creek Farm?
We’ve been working with our friends at Sprout Creek Farm for more than five years to host events for the LGBTQ community.
They believe that a person cannot practice the art and science of farming without the land and the animals to provide the foundation for his/her livelihood. In turn, the land and the animals cannot be a farm without the farmer. With this in mind, the agricultural aspect of Sprout Creek Farm aims to achieve a balanced partnership between the staff, the land, and the animals in order to provide the nucleus for the organization
as a whole. As stewards of the land, the team at Sprout Creek Farm focuses on:
- Providing a strong foundation for the market, creamery, and educational programs so they may best fulfill their own missions.
- Having a minimal impact on the environment while still making the best use of its resources.
- Providing an atmosphere for experiential farm-based education with the farm as the teacher.
- While striving to achieve these goals, the farm endeavors to balance its dual identity as a sustainable working farm as well as an educational resource.
- By participating in Baby Goat Weekend you are helping to support the farm and its educational mission.
The Animals at Sprout Creek Farm
Farm animals are more than producers of milk and meat. They are teachers and companions, friends and partners in the mission of education to which Sprout Creek aspires on a daily basis. Animal husbandry is the term used to describe the care and maintenance of animals in agriculture. Sprout Creek farmers ensure quality care and maintain a high quality of life standard for each and every animal. Most animals are named and known. All are deserving of the utmost respect and every animal has a purpose.
Gardens are an essential element of every farm and especially important to Sprout Creek’s mission of education. Vegetable gardens at Sprout Creek are tended by our knowledgeable staff and by program participants young and old, using varied methods, but always organically grown from seed sprouted in our modestly sized greenhouse. Surrounding the buildings varied perennials bloom all spring and summer offering another horticultural opportunity for program participants. Vegetables and herbs are harvested by campers, students, and adults enrolled in
programs to be used in culinary classes offered as an integral part of their stay at Sprout Creek Farm. Produce is also available in limited quantities in the Sprout Creek Farm Market from June through October.
The environment is the envelope in which we live; the truest context for all human, animal, plant activity, it is the center we call home. Sprout Creek Farm highlights both the wild and the domestic as co-operators, partners in the effort to sustain life. Education is essential for us to learn how to be better partners, to learn what it means to care for the environment, to re-learn the language of the planet.