One Community feels that modeling ethical and humane animal stewardship is essential and for The Highest Good of All in today’s world of diverse needs. We anticipate many cultures and communities globally and for the predictable future will either need or choose to use animals as food and/or raise them for their other byproducts. With this in mind, we see an opportunity for One Community to demonstrate Highest Good methods of doing this. Our team which consists of vegetarians, vegans, and omnivores, has elected that the omnivores will be raising goats for milk, some meat, and to use their manure as fertilizer. We approach this process with respect, gratitude, and love for these creatures and will be expanding this page with our open source collaborative efforts and experience once on the property.
Goats were chosen as part of the One Community approach to Highest Good food because their milk has health benefits, their manure makes good fertilizer, they will eat/recycle almost any food items, and because their milk can be used to make butter and cheese.
We will start with 12 goats and expect to pay about $200-350 each for the quality we are seeking. Breeding them has the potential to produce 30 additional goats a year if that is our desire. The goats we will begin with will be the Alpine and Nubian goats.
Alpines are steady milk producers that are known for quality tasting milk. Alpines are no-nonsense milkers, and are very steady producers that can generate as much as 2 to 3 gallons per day each. Butterfat content is about 3-5%, so sweeter than many milk goats and not overbearingly rich. They provide about 6 years of milk and breed in the fall.
Nubians produce less milk on average, about 1 gallon a day. Their milk consistently good, sweet tasting, but richer than Alpines with an average of 4-5% in butterfat. This produces some of the best milk and cheeses. They provide about 8 years of milk and breed year-round (so it’s recommended you keep the buck separate).
Raising and harvesting goats ethically is essential. This will be handled exclusively by the people choosing to drink goat milk and/or eat goat meat so that respect is paid to the preferences of non-participation for vegans and vegetarians. The lives and deaths of animals will also be handled with respect and gratitude. Because the goats are primarily being maintained for milk, the specifics of how we will choose to harvest any goats for meat is not something we have discussed yet.
12 goats can be maintained on 40 acres of pasture or 15 tons of hay. Adding alfalfa and soy (about 15%) will increase dietary protein levels and milk production. Cost can vary by location and is estimated at about $200/ton.
Once on the property, One Community will be open source project-launch blueprinting the complete process of taking care of goats from purchasing to harvesting and every detail in-between. We will be doing this so that people with zero prior knowledge will be able to raise goats and integrate this into their own individual lives or as part of the One Community complete open source self-sufficient teacher/demonstration community, village, or city model. The resources we will be providing include:
Q: How does the raising of animals fit into your Highest Good for All and Earth Stewardship Philosophy?
Our Highest Good for All Philosophy is non-dogmatic and supportive of diverse viewpoints (and diets). We recognize humanity will most likely and for the foreseeable future continue using animal products and we believe it is in the Highest Good to demonstrate the most ethical methods that we can for doing this. In areas like this where some ideologies may prefer a 100% vegan or vegetarian organization, we do our best to communicate what can be expected on the property so people can choose whether or not that fits with their own desires.
Q: How is your raising of goats in the Highest Good of goats?
We feel that humanity’s dietary needs and desires will stay diverse for the foreseeable future. Because of this, we see that demonstrating a process of reconnecting people to their food, the process of raising and caring for animals, and sharing and spreading ethical and humane animal husbandry that treats the animals and the entire process with respect, love, and gratitude is beneficial to animals being raised for food around the world.
Q: I’m vegan/vegetarian, will I have to participate in killing or eating animals? Will animal parts be cooked with my food?
No, you will not have to participate in any part of animal husbandry that you don’t want to if you are not using animal products. Additionally, all vegetarian food will be prepared separate from animal foods and all animal food waste products will be placed in a separate receptacle and handled by omnivores.
Q: Who will be processing the animals into food and other byproducts?
Omnivore pioneers will be responsible for handling this. We believe that part of ethical animal husbandry starts with education and awareness, and that it is the Highest Good of all life on the planet for humans to be educated and aware of the process the animals go through to become food and other byproducts. Our values model is also one that includes the aspect of not asking someone else to do for you what you yourself are not willing to do. With all of that in mind, we have elected to have ALL members that will be consuming animal products participate in the entire process of the animals’ lives, from birth to table. Yes, that means that if you plan on eating meat at One Community, you would be expected to assist in processing that type of animal from beginning to end, including ending an animal’s life, at least one time. (For children, the parents will help determine the age and level of participation of processing.)
Q: What if I do not ever want to participate in processing animals or animal products?
Only those who have elected to participate in eating or using a specific animal product will be asked to participate in processing of that animal or its byproducts. Vegan community members will not be asked to partake in ANY part of the animal life cycles. This also means that if no one wants to process a particular animal (or any animals), we will then agree on a different sustainable source of food for our community.
Q: Will you be using hormones and/or antibiotics for any of the animals?
No, as a practice and a policy we will not put anything on or in our food (plants or animals) that we would not want to eat.
Q: What if I really want to be a part of One Community but I don’t agree with raising animals for food?
Our Pioneer Member, Jessica, is vegan and here is her personal statement: “As a vegan, I personally chose to remain a pioneer member even after the food choices were updated to include chickens and rabbits. For me, the larger global vision and benefits of One Community outweigh the food choices of some individuals. Additionally, I believe that being a vegan at One Community will be an opportunity to educate and demonstrate to pioneers and our visitors how to eat a plant-based diet properly and sustainably. This potentially could lead to plant-based dietary choices growing exponentially worldwide. I believe if I chose not to be a part of One Community, there would be less plant-based food knowledge to share with the team and the world. Because we respect diversity at One Community, I know that I will not be asked to participate in ANY part of the animal to food process personally, and that the animals will have a very comfortable life because of the high level of love and attention they will receive from the other pioneers.”
If our model does not suit you, you may want to instead consider joining us as a Satellite Member (click here for the Invitation Form), consultant or partner (click here for the Consultant’s/Partner’s Page), and/or just follow our progress. We expect other communities will follow with different views on these issues and we will happily be promoting the success of those that are part of the open source and free-sharing network of teacher/demonstration communities, villages, and cities that we are helping to create. Here are the best ways to follow our progress:
Also, the objective of One Community is to build living blueprints open source so everyone can then use them for duplication in whatever diverse way suits their needs and desires. If you feel like you’d like to see a different version of One Community, we invite you to embrace the task of working with us and using everything we’ve already created to form another iteration of this idea, with a new set of rules/policies/guidelines. That way you can attract the people who share your values and thus like your rule sets, which provides another for The Highest Good of All option with a potentially totally different approach.