Dear Friends of Haute Goat Farm
We are very excited to be open again! We have strongly adhered to the “Stay at Home” policy since then, believing that to be the best way to flatten the curve. We do feel lucky to have been quarantined on the farm, as birthing season was about to unfold. We are delighted to let you know we now have 14 baby goats jumping around the farm, and are expecting a whole bunch more.
This time of year is always busy preparing for spring and summer. Some of the things we’ve been busy with include reinstating (re-inventing) our Shiitake Lodge, which will be on view for visitors. We’re also putting in a vegetable garden that is twice as big as the one last year. Fixing fences, painting, cleaning up from the winter, and now, of course, planning what is needed to meet our opening timeframe. (something about alpacas, chickens etc) As you may know, we also took time to visit seniors’ and long term care homes with our alpacas in order to bring the farm to some of our most vulnerable people who truly were locked in.
Without question, this is a challenging time and we have some way to go to make sure its as safe and enjoyable as it was before COVID came along. We are closely studying the recommended guidelines for maintaining a safe environment for our visitors, staff and volunteers. For one thing, Northumberland County – where we are located – hasn’t had a new case in several weeks. And with our nearly 200 acres of beautiful farmland, we feel confident that social distancing will be pretty easy to do.
At a time when we all could use a good dose of nature, quiet, good weather, and most of all engagement with our animals, our primary goal is to provide you with the same amazing animal experiences now, that you had before March 15th.
If you had an experience booked that had to be cancelled due to covid, and didn’t ask for a refund, please email us to reschedule.
WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU COME TO HAUTE GOAT FARM
First and foremost our goal is to provide you with an experience with our animals that will make you smile, make your heart sing and take away wonderful memories (and pictures). We have been working hard to put into practice the most current recommended practices to ensure the health and safety of our visitors, staff and volunteers.
Here’s what you can expect:
Visitors (and staff) will be screened at the gate, temperatures will be taken without contact. Everyone will be asked if they have travelled recently and/or if they have any symptoms which could be COVID – 19.
Please bring a mask or scarf that covers at least nose and mouth, which we ask you to wear during your time at the Farm.
Visitors will be asked to dip their shoes (as always…:) as well as sanitize hands on their way in.
Sanitization stations will be scattered throughout the farm so that it will be easy to disinfect at all times.
There will be a limit of 10 people at any time in the Cafe/Shop/Washroom area.
Washrooms will be accessed with a key. ….
Bathrooms will be disinfected regularly, as will high touch areas around the farm.
Plexiglass barriers at the shop counter and as much contactless payment as possible.