goat's milk solid soaps
Gabrasrosa
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The project

Adopt a goat of our flock "Gabrasrosa" in Pierrefaites (France and receive your harvest in the form of goat's milk solid soaps at home. The Farmer Sarah will take care of your adoption and take its picture. Also, you will be able to download the adoption certificate and, if you wish, plan your visit to the farm. As the production coming from one goat is big, the adoption is shared among various people. If you wish to have a bigger share, you may adopt more than once. You do not enter into any long-term commitment: once you receive your harvest and you enjoyed the experience, you may decide to renew and extend the adoption.

The project

Adopt a goat of our flock "Gabrasrosa" in Pierrefaites (France and receive your harvest in the form of goat's milk solid soaps at home. The Farmer Sarah will take care of your adoption and take its picture. Also, you will be able to download the adoption certificate and, if you wish, plan your visit to the farm. As the production coming from one goat is big, the adoption is shared among various people. If you wish to have a bigger share, you may adopt more than once. You do not enter into any long-term commitment: once you receive your harvest and you enjoyed the experience, you may decide to renew and extend the adoption.

What do you adopt?
Adopt a goat that we take care of following the Organic Farming regulations of the European Union since 2016. We offer our Chèvres de Lorraine for adoption. This rustic, small breed of goat, native to eastern France, has almost disappeared in favour of breeds more adapted to industrial production, and we are proud to contribute to its preservation. We raise our goats in the open air. They have shelters at their disposal which they choose to use or not, depending on the weather. We only keep them in a closed stable for a few days a year, when they give birth, to protect the newborns from foxes and to encourage maternal bonding. The goats eat mainly roughage (grass, shrubs and hay) and are supplemented for a short period, before and after farrowing, with organic cereals and legumes bought from a neighbouring farmer. A rotational grazing system helps to preserve the vegetation of the dry lawns and wet areas they roam and helps to limit the need for pest control treatments. We care for our animals with alternative methods whenever possible. The young goats born on the farm are intended for breeding or for eco-grazing. As we breed a small number of animals, we generally have no difficulty in finding a home for the animals. Goats that reach retirement age are included in the group of animals used for animal therapy. We produce natural cosmetics from local raw materials, including goat's milk soaps. We grow most of the medicinal plants used (nettle, St. John's wort, calendula, lavender) ourselves, in accordance with the organic agriculture standards, and aim to become self-sufficient in the production of essential oils within the next 2 years. To make 500 grams of soap, we use 100g of goat's milk. Our projects have been awarded a prize in the "Trees of the Future" competition, a prize in the "Inspired Ideas" competition of the Haute-Marne department and we got the first prize from the Heritage Foundation for Animal Biodiversity. The productive life of a goat is around 10 years. For as long as you want to keep it and we can continue taking care of it, you can renew your adoption year after year. If your goat dies, we will replace it with no additional cost and assuring the delivery of your production from other animals. Each goat is adopted by 200 CrowdFarmers who receive a box with 1 kg of goat's milk solid soaps.
What will you receive?
Each season we will send you a box with: 5 x__ Goat's Milk Solid Soaps__ (100g ) Made cold in our laboratory on the farm, with preservation of the glycerin in the soap, the soaps contain 17% goat's milk from our farm. The fats (rapeseed oil and lard) come from organic farms neighbouring ours. The plants and essential oils used are mainly produced on our farm. Please dry our goat's milk soaps well between each use to prevent them from melting too quickly. They will keep for an unlimited period of time. __You will receive 5 different soaps:__ 1 Calendula (enriched with calendula flower oil) 1 Honey (addition of 5% flower honey) 1 Lavender (addition of blue clay and lavender essential oil) 1 Equinox (enriched with a St John's wort oil, red clay and palmarosa essential oil) 1 Nettle-Lemongrass (enriched with nettle oil, green clay and lemongrass essential oil) You will receive your harvest personalized with the name you chose in the adoption process.
When will you receive it?
Please, check the deadline for participating in this project (deadline for adoption) below. As of this date the Farmer will start preparing the orders that are to be shipped. We milk our goats after weaning the kids throughout the summer. The soaps are made as we go along and are left to dry for a minimum of 4 weeks, often longer. We will send the soaps during the second week of December, so that you can receive them in time for Christmas. You may select the delivery date of your box as suggested by the Farmer at check-out.
Why should you adopt?
* Learn who produces your food, how and where. Receive your food in a conscious manner. * Buy directly from the farmer. Help to generate wealth and better jobs in the rural areas. * Plan ahead and enable the Farmer to produce on demand. This way we can avoid overproduction and fight food waste. * Reward Farmers who make an effort to use environmentally-friendly packaging and cultivation techniques.
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Handmade

How does it work?

Meet the Farmers

Meet the Farmers

Adopt and plan your harvest

Adopt and plan your harvest

Let the Farmer and nature work

Let the Farmer and nature work

Receive your harvest at home

Receive your harvest at home

Adoptions available until the 22/11/2020
Delivery starting on the 10/12/2020

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Select a goat

Choose a goat

Delivery country Spain

Final price:

46.40€ / Season

Includes adoption, preparation and shipment of the order.

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Cultivation in sparsely populated areas
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Farmer 360
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Personalized harvest
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Plastic-free
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Organic
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Small Farm
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Family Farm
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Sarah Bernhard-Papin
The Gabrasrosa soap factory is a couple's project. The dream of living on a real farm had been on our minds for a long time. After working in forestry and silviculture, Dominique needed a career change to preserve himself physically. For my part, in addition to my job as a farm management trainer, I had for a long time a large garden and 2 dairy goats, but like Dominique, I wanted more. More space to experiment with alternative farming techniques, more freedom to act, more contact with wildlife. So we took the plunge and embarked on a great adventure. The beginnings were difficult, and that was to be expected. We wanted to limit the amount of loans, so we did a lot by ourselves. Material discomfort, physical and moral fatigue were our companions for a long time. But little by little, fences were put up, crops began to grow, the herd adapted to its new environment. A small place to live allows us to warm up and rest a little. Finally, we were able to think about developing our production activities. The start-up of the soap factory is thus the culmination of four years of hard work. Today, we look after the goats together and both work on the soap production. Apart from that, we each have dedicated tasks. Dominique takes care of the horses, the heavy farm work and anything involving a chainsaw or a tractor. I take care of the endless office work, the plants and the health of the animals. We want to offer our products to CrowdFarmers to optimise the marketing of our production, so that we can devote as much time as possible to the management of the natural areas for which we are responsible. There is still a lot to be done to rehabilitate our meadows and make them even more welcoming for the many rare species they host.
Sarah Bernhard-Papin

"Bringing producers and consumers closer together seems to be essential at a time when societal demand is moving towards greater transparency and quality, while producers often struggle to find cost-effective outlets for their products. As production and consumption areas are nowadays often very far apart, bringing them closer together using modern communication tools seems entirely appropriate. In this way, consumers can have access to quality products and support the work of producers while helping to maintain profitable economic activities in fragile rural territories."

Gabrasrosa
Gabrasrosa
The Moulin Jobard farm is located on the site of an old mill, away from a small village in the Haute-Marne region of eastern France. It is situated in the "diagonal of the void", characterised by low population density and a marked rural decline. The name of the soap kitchen (Gabras = goat in Celtic and Rosa = rose in Latin) refers to the dual production activity of the farm: the Lorraine goats for the milk and the cultivation of perfume and medicinal plants. In search of a preserved quality of life and out of a taste for rural way of living, we, Sarah and Dominique, have chosen to settle here. After many years of research, we finally succeeded in buying a farm that suited our life project. A small house, a few dozen hectares of land all around, lots of trees, a river, diverse biotopes and few neighbours: here we are at home! Farming (management): The farm had been abandoned after a fairly long period of excessive use. We have brought it back to life with a herd of Lorraine goats, perfume and medicinal plants and a horse therapy activity. From the beginning, we set up working methods to restore the balance of the ecosystems: rotational grazing, contour subsoiling, cultivation on living soil... Several partnerships with wildlife protection associations have enabled us to establish a development program to promote the site's cultivated and wild biodiversity since our arrival in 2016 (ponds, planting of fodder trees, nesting boxes for birds of prey, dry stone walls...). Water: Water management is a major concern for us, with heavy and poorly distributed rainfalls, and compacted land due to overgrazing. We thus go from waterlogged pastures to a severe water shortage within a few weeks. Therefore we have, among other things, set up a network of storage and infiltration ponds to meet the water needs of our animals and crops, to multiply the habitats for aquatic species and also to slow down the flow of the water heading downstream. We water our scented, drip irrigated plants very little. Mulching, plant cover and protective trees are also used to limit the farm's water needs. Resources: Our various renovation and construction projects give priority to ecological materials and we make maximum use of reclaimed or farm-produced lumber. A planted greywater system and a wood-fuelled hot water production system (sanitary and heating) complete our approach. The soap factory produces very little waste, most of which is recyclable. Local raw materials are transported in reusable containers. Employment: Looking for a product that can be marketed beyond the limits of our territory, we decided to produce cosmetics, formulated to favour local and organic sourcing. In this way, our activity, in addition to ensuring the viability of our farm, also allows us to diversify the production and income of neighbouring farms. Our long-term objective is to be able to hire a co-worker, in addition to an income for both of us. Beyond Organic Agriculture, we have adopted the principles of Holistic Management and established a plan to optimise the farm's triple bottom line. All our decisions are based on the evaluation of the expected benefits and potential effects on the natural and social environment of the farm, our quality of life and the income generated: ecology, ethics and economy are of equal importance to us.
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Technical information
Address
Gabrasrosa, Pierrefaites, FR
Altitude
280m
Size
30ha
Team
1 woman and 1 man
Flock size
40
Cultivation technique
Rotational grazing, agroforestry, sylvopastoralism
Location