Goats from Happy Acres Farm in Sherman find new homes
SHERMAN — Twelve goats from Happy Acres Farm have found new homes.
The Nigerian dwarf goats, which typically sold for $200, were offered for free to “good” homes, according to a post on the farm’s Facebook page Sunday evening.
The goats were rehomed in preparation of Full Circle Farming LLC’s upcoming leave.
Full Circle Farming has managed the 90-acre property since 2015, three years after the town of Sherman purchased the former dairy farm on Taber Road.
With Full Circle Farming leaving Dec. 31, the town has been trying to figure out what to do with the farm.
The Board of Selectmen has been moving forward with a reorganization plan that includes selling the farm’s 21 cows, 14 heifers, 10 young bulls and 21 calves to a local herdsman and hiring a farmstead manager.
During a special meeting earlier this month, the board tabled a discussion about selling the cattle “because a certain share of the present herd belongs to the tenant at Happy Acres,” said First Selectman Don Lowe.
Since the town hasn’t “concretely established what belongs to the town,” Lowe said, negotiations with the local herdsman can’t yet be made.
There is, however, good news for those who wish to continue seeing cattle at Happy Acres, Lowe said: The local herdsman — whose name has not yet been revealed — will be keeping much of the herd at Happy Acres.
The selectmen also reviewed a draft job description and contract for a farm property manager, who would get to live on the property rent-free as part of their compensation.
Lowe said the town would be compensated through the Happy Acres Restricted Fund, which had a $1,942,742 balance in the most recent annual town report. Sherman taxpayers recently approved to allocate $80,000 of the funds to go to barn repairs and electrical upgrades at the farm.
Click here for information on the property manager position. Applicants must submit a dated letter of intent, along with an outline of qualifications and experience, by 1 p.m., Dec. 5.