As a developing Caribbean island nation, new business and industry is constantly cropping up around the island of Grenada. A tight-knit community, many new projects focus not only on getting off the ground, but also on giving back to the island. The Grenada Goat Dairy Project is one such company.
About the Goat Dairy
The Grenada Goat Dairy Project was started by Christine Curry in 2008 with the goal of getting local Grenadian farmers to produce high quality goats milk to be processed into fresh goats cheese, which is then sold to a local market. The Grenada Goat Dairy Project, also known as The Goat Dairy, is a U.S. 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to sustainable agriculture production, education, and hands-on training to empower lower income farmers and their families to achieve to economic independence, food security, and fulfilling lives.
The first locally-produced and marketed goat dairy product in Grenada, the Goat Dairy’s popular Chevre is used by local chefs and restaurants, as well as sold in supermarkets. In 2012, the Goat Dairy had a goal of giving back further to the community by creating the School Project.
Bringing the Goat Dairy to Schools
The School Project started as a Kickstarter fundraiser by the Grenada Goat Dairy Project. The online fundraising effort was held to help raise money to bring the goat raising project to a local Grenadian school, with the intention of creating a sustainable program to teach children a solid, long-term foundation for community empowerment and income creation. A fully functioning goat farm, complete with barn and milk production capacity, would be built at St. Patrick’s Anglican Public School, with milk processing to be done at The Goat Dairy’s facility in Belmont Estate. Fundraising was completed in September, 2012, and exceeded the projected goal.
In addition to the warm feeling that comes from giving back, those that donated received special rewards depending on their level of contribution. Inspired by the project, Laluna offered a lunch or dinner featuring the Grenada Goat Dairy’s Chevre Cheese to those that pledged $200 or more. Laluna’s Chef created a masterpiece of a meal for the philanthropists. The meal started with a starter of fresh goat cheese rolled in sunflower seeds, and another rolled in bacon served on a bed of fresh rucola.
Diners went on to enjoy an appetizer of zucchini stuffed with goat cheese and fresh oyster mushrooms with roasted slivered almonds, served with sauteed locally grown oyster mushrooms.
Finally, guests were served the main dish of fresh goat cheese and pumpkin ravioli, served with Parmesan cheese.