When "locavore" won word of the year in 2007, it was proof that the local food movement was gaining momentum. People were shopping at farmers markets and starting gardens as a way to save money and eat better. But you cant live on vegetables alone, so to help round out your diet, Sundari Kraft, founder of Heirloom Gardens and Sustainable Food Denver, is offering a class today called Backyard Goat Keeping.
"I'm a huge advocate for gardening, but it's very hard to grow protein," says Kraft. "With dwarf dairy goats, you can give your family milk that is antibiotic and hormone-free. They are also fantastic composters, hiking companions and pack animals."
Kraft also teaches classes on gardening, cooking and backyard chicken-keeping; she stresses that her classes are very hands-on, so people can really get a feel for what owning these animals is like. "Living in a city, you can feel held captive by the local food system, but if you can have some power over producing your own food in a way that's affordable and safe, it just feels so empowering," she says.
Class begins at 1 p.m. and covers all of the information needed to get started with goats, including choosing the animals, housing and feeding them, obtaining permits and milking. Its taught in cooperation with the Denver Botanic Gardens and will be held at the Heirloom Gardens training center at 4460 Winona Court. The cost is $25, and registration is required at www.eatwhereulive.com or www.botanicgardens.org. For more information, visit www.sustainablefooddenver.org or call 303-956-7203.
Sat., Feb. 20, 1-3:30 p.m., 2010