Jennie Grant on Goats and More
“It’s not just about raising goats but about how our culture looks at animals.”
By Diana Vergis Vinh
Urban Farm Hub
Nov 16, 2012
Jennie Grant, our local founder of the Goat Justice League, has a wonderful new book out. City Goats is a book I wish I’d had a few years ago when I had the animals; it is full of useful information on everything from selecting your goat to what to feed them. Jennie is a clear and quite humorous writer. Even if you don’t plan on your own caprine adventures her stories about her backyard farm and information on goat’s milk and animals in general make it well worth the read.
Last week Urban Farm Hub caught up with Jennie and asked her a few questions.
How do you describe yourself?
I am a stay at home mom finishing up my last pre-requisites before applying to nursing school. I have always loved animals; as a child I wanted a deer and an elephant in the backyard until I realized it would be cruel to have them in such a small space. I’m also the happy founder of the Pug Gala, one of the largest pug events in the country.
Why do you do what you do?
It’s a lot of work but a labor of love; I really like having the goats around. It’s also political as I don’t like how animals are treated in factory farms; in 1950 dairy farmers kept their cows for 14 years, now they are culled after five. It’s not just about raising goats but about how our culture looks at animals. The word “pet” didn’t exist in the English language until the 1500’s. Even now in more than half the states farm animals are exempted from animal cruelty laws.
The goats connect me to my neighborhood and community in great ways and they produce something that’s super delicious.