The Dancing Goat – Tilted Halo Micro Farm
If you have spent any time at the Saturday Morning Market, you have experienced the Dancing Goat. For those few that do not know about the Dancing Goat, let me tell you all about it. A wonderful woman named Pam, whose feet are planted in business and heart is rooted in agriculture, had– as she puts it – “a mid-life crisis”. She quit her high paying corporate job and took to farming full-time. Farming at its core, is investment in its most honest form. You plant a corn seed, you get more corn. You buy a mama goat, you get baby goats. And does Pam have goats.
Pam began her journey with farming back when her kids were small (human kids), and they bought a goat for fun. For awhile they were tossing the goat milk and she was buying cow milk from the store. Her eureka moment came quickly. Why throw out the free milk and then buy milk? She began drinking the pure raw goats milk and realized it was good. Her children began to drink it and they liked it, too. Her farm grew as the number of goats grew and she realized she could sell the milk. People began to come visit her farm.
She began the Dancing Goat milk business and the rest is history.
Invited to her farm, I had the rare privilege of seeing a micro farm at work. The Tilted Halo has chickens, goats, ducks, ginnys, quail, rabbits, farm cats, a beautiful horse, and a garden fabulous enough to make my old Italian granddad envious. I was able to see her prize chickens, (the Coronations Sussex), her quail, the baby bunnies with feisty mamas, and a plethora of goats. I had never been around goats, so it was quite exciting to see them in action and get to feed one-day-old kids. Pam knows all of her goats by name. The goats know her, too. They stick their heads out of their pens as she walks by and petition her for pets and head rubs; she lovingly obliges. Each goat family has themed names. One family is named after flowers, another goat family is named after coffee flavors and a few are named after the hands that helped birth them.
The Dancing Goat has products such as goat milk soaps, cheeses, milks, and butters. All made at her farm by the animals at her farm. They also carry raw cow milk and free-range chicken eggs from her chickens. Her farm is working on self-sustainability. Not just in the production sense, but in effort, too. For instance, she has a way for her chickens to have a constant flow of fresh water that is not dependent on a farmer. Her goats are fed from the banana trees that grow at her Tilted Halo Farm. The goats adore the banana leaf feed and the bananas, too. The hay from the chicken coops is reused and placed on the Heirloom garden as mulch. And we all know chicken droppings are black gold for gardens. Everything is reused, conserved with little to no waste. She runs her farm the way a farm should be run– with the old-fashioned sensibilities that our generation considers new. She has even been in Edible Tampa Bay magazine.
You can come out and see Pam at the Dancing Goat tent every Saturday morning at the Saturday Morning Market. You can order eggs, raw cows milks and goats milks via her Facebook page and even peep at her farm on her blog. The Tilted Halo Farm is open twice a year for visitors and you may buy milk directly from the farm by appointment (she is working all week at the farm so tours are not doable as of yet).
The Dancing Goat
12502 Maverick Court
Tampa, Florida 33626