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Blue Spade Farm

Blue Spade Farm was started at the end of 2015 with the goal of raising animals is a more environmentally sustainable system. Blue Spade Farm raises Spanish Boer Goats on a pasture system that limits inputs and mimics the natural ecosystem to the best of its ability.  This system creates a healthy atmosphere for the goats giving them a diverse and rich diet. This diet keeps the need for grains down in turn keeping the goats healthier.

Location: Brooktondale, NY

Website: www.facebook.com/Bluespadefarm/

Top 3 Products: Goat stew, leg roasts and bone in curry cuts

How has the Profit Team Program will help your farm?: I hope that the profit team will help me see where my farm can go from here. with the information I gain I would like to see how much I should expand in the goat meat market before I can plateau and need to diversify into other enterprises on my farm. I look forward to setting real goals for the farm that can be accomplished and make it a profitable business in the future.

When you envision your farm business five years from now, what differences do you see?: Five years from now I would like to be on a bigger spot of land, looking at what a larger herd of goats and at least one to two more products coming off the farm to increase the farm diversity.

If you weren’t a farmer, what would your dream job be?: I had the goal of being a strength coach before I started this so I would likely be on that path.

What is your best piece of advice for an aspiring farmer?: Find a mentor, get some experience on other working farms and try and get some school under the belt to understand the science behind the agroecosystem.

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Kat McCarthy

Through her role as the Beginning Farmer Project Coordinator at the Cornell Small Farms, Kat McCarthy supported the Labor Ready Farmer project from August 2017 through May 2018. 
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