SOUTHINGTON - Bradley Mountain Farms is holding strong during the coronavirus pandemic as residents to continue to support them with purchases of goat soap. And, while many activities have been suspended due to distancing policies, the farm has been bringing smiles to people’s faces with their 24-hour “goat-cam” that lets people watch the animals remotely.
Anneliese Dadras, owner of the goat farm at 537 Shuttle Meadow Road, said that the farm is “hanging in there” despite coronavirus restrictions. The farm has offered many community programs over the years including goat walks, goat therapy, goat yoga and “goats in pajamas” story hour. Where possible, they are continuing to offer some of these events online.
“We do a live goats in pajamas story hour on our Facebook page and we have also posted videos of goat grooming,” said Dadras. “We have a lot of baby goats being born around this time of year and we’re asking Facebook to help us name one who has a lot of polka dots.”
Dadras said she is also meeting today with The Barnes Museum to set up a virtual tour of the Bradley Homestead which is on their property.
“It’s a building from the 1800s that we have restored,” said Dadras. “We have never done a virtual tour before and it has a great historic connection with the Barnes family.”
Another new feature at Bradley Mountain Farms is the 24-hour goat cam which allows people to watch the goats as they walk and jump and play around the farm.
“We have received letters from senior shut-ins where they told us they get up in the middle of the night just to see what the goats are up to,” said Dadras. “It helps make a lot of people feel happy.”
Dadras said that since Bradley Mountain Farms has gone above and beyond to reach out to and support the community, the community has returned the favor.
“We are very grateful to say that there are a lot more people coming to buy soap and support us,” said Dadras. “A lot of the money we get from the soap goes into buying hay for the goats. And, thanks to that support, I think we’ll be able to get through this.”
For more information on Bradley Mountain Farms, call 860-385-4628 or visit bradleymountainfarm.com or facebook.com/bradleymountainfarm.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or email@example.com.