About City Grazing:

City Grazing’s mission is sustainable land management and fire hazard reduction via goat grazing, creating healthier soil, fewer invasive species, increased populations of native California plants, pollution reduction, and significant environmental benefits at our grazing sites.

Stitch Signal: Jan. 29, Please read thoroughly

Bottom Line Up Front:

  • Announcing Every Stitch Matters has teamed up with City Grazing
  • NEW PLEDGE FORM FOR ITEM NEEDS: You must pledge the number of finished items before receiving instructions to send (https://forms.gle/c2BWfC19TcRTHHo48)
  • Deadline and Patterns for this project

Stitch Signal Wednesday, January 29, 2020

We are excited to announce our partnership with City Grazing! City Grazing’s mission is sustainable land management and fire hazard reduction via goat grazing, creating healthier soil, fewer invasive species, increased populations of native California plants, pollution reduction, and significant environmental benefits at our grazing sites. Every year we try and adopt about a dozen or so baby goats (all boys) from a nearby dairy. If you are familiar with dairy goat farms at all then you know what usually happens to the male babies. These babies come to us without their mamas since their mamas are dairy goats. Employees and volunteers bottle bottle feed and hand raise them from about 3 weeks and they stay with us forever, eventually becoming grazers. Since Spring in San Francisco isn’t the best weather, we need the baby goat sweaters/coats to make sure the babies stay warm and dry.

Please use the Pledge Form (https://forms.gle/c2BWfC19TcRTHHo48) to pledge how many collars and or sweaters/coats you will make. Once your items are done, please go back and update the form saying your items are complete. Once completed items are ready, you will receive an email with instructions on where to send your items.

Deadline:

  • March 9 for baby goat sweaters and coats (36 sweaters total)
  • June 1 for Collars (155 collars total)

Patterns:

Other Instructions:

  • The sweaters and coats are going to be worn by baby goats and washed often, so we need to make sure they don’t shrink. Baby goats grow pretty fast so gauge is not important for crochet/knit and all sizes are welcome because they will be used. Some kids can wear the same sweater for a couple days while others get too dirty and need to be changed 1-2 times a day. If you’ve ever worked with goats then you know how fragile the babies can be, especially when they don’t have mamas.
  • The collars are needed for our adult grazing goats so that they don't walk around naked and to make it easier to wrangle them or lead them around when needed. The collars need to be sturdy enough to withstand their working conditions yet also break away when necessary to avoid injury if it gets stuck in a tree/bush or another goat's horn.