Goat Milking Lesson, Farm Tour & Chores

Gray, Maine, United StatesPart of the Airbnb Animals collection

Animal experience hosted by Karl & Margaret

  1. 2 hours
  2. Hosted in English
Bring the whole family
For kids 2 and up.
Excellent value
Guests say it's well worth the price.
Top-rated Host
Karl & Margaret's rated 5 stars by 100% of guests.

What you'll do

You'll join Margaret and Karl for daily morning or evening chores on Ten Apple Farm. We milk goats twice a day every day on our small diversified homestead, and you're invited to take part! In the morning, we start on the back porch with a light breakfast of home baked treats, coffee, tea and juice and other farm goodies. For evening chores, we end with goat milk and cookies, a selection of our goat cheeses and homemade crackers. We'll introduce the farm, talk about our journey to farming, and the past 16 years on the farm. We raise French Alpine dairy goats, and milk 3-4 goats by hand -- something we've been doing for 14 years. You'll learn how to milk the goats, help us feed the goats, and all the other animals. We have lots of animals in addition to the goats... miniature horses, pigs, sheep, chickens, ducks, and turkeys. We'll tour the farm, including our large kitchen garden, feeding and watering all the animals and talk about their care and the role each one plays on our diversified homestead. We'll do things like collect eggs, we might spend some time grooming our two miniature horses, and weather permitting, put the goats (with Philip, our sheep,) out in their pasture in the morning, or bring them into the barn in the evening, or take the horses for a short walk around the farm. There is lots to do and experience on the farm, morning or evening!
You'll join Margaret and Karl for daily morning or evening chores on Ten Apple Farm. We milk goats twice a day every day on our small diversified homestead, and you're invited to take part! In the morning, we start on the back porch with a light breakfast of home baked treats, coffee, tea and juice and other farm goodies. For evening chores, we end with goat milk and cookies, a selection of our goat cheeses and homemade crackers. We'll introduce…
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What's included

  • Food
    In the morning, we share baked goods from our farm kitchen -- often with pr...
  • Drinks
    For morning chores we'll have coffee, tea, juice, and of course, goat milk...

Meet your Host, Karl & Margaret

Host on Airbnb since 2014
  • 71 Reviews
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Margaret Hathaway and Karl Schatz are the wife and husband team behind six books on food and farming, including the memoir The Year of the Goat, the guide Living With Goats, the Portland, Maine Chef’s Table cookbooks, and the Maine Bicentennial Community Cookbook. Margaret is a writer who has worked in book publishing, and as manager of New York’s Magnolia Bakery. Karl is a photographer who has worked at ABC Television, Time Magazine, and as Director of Aurora Photos. In 2003 the couple left NYC to explore the world of goats across the USA. Since 2005, they have lived with their daughters on Ten Apple Farm, a homestead in Gray, Maine, where they raise dairy goats, tend a large garden and small orchard, make cheese, lead goat hikes, teach workshops, and operate a guest house. You can also hear them on their podcast, Cooking is Community!
Margaret Hathaway and Karl Schatz are the wife and husband team behind six books on food and farming, including the memoir The Year of the Goat, the guide Living With Goats, the Portland, Maine Chef’s Table cookbooks, and the Maine Bicentennial Community Cookbook. Margaret is a writer who has worked in book publishing, and as manager of New York’s Magnolia Bakery. Karl is a photographer who has worked at ABC Television, Time Magazine, and as Director of Aurora Photos. In 2003 the couple left NYC…
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Where you'll be

We'll start at the barn of our 1901 New England connected farmhouse, and begin a tour of the property, visiting and feeding various farm animals, and touring the outside areas of the farm, like the orchard, grape arbor, and garden. We might also stop in the garden and do a little gardening or harvesting. We either begin (morning) or end (evening) on the back porch overlooking the farm yard, gardens, orchard, pigs, chickens and ducks.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 71 reviews.

Maddy
October 2021
My husband and I had a wonderful time at Ten Apple Farm! We learned a lot about sustainability, farm life, and of course, goats! Would definitely recommend to anyone for their next trip!
Genevieve
October 2021
This is a lovely experience to start or finish your vacation in Maine. The hosts are wonderful, the (fresh buffet) breakfast terrific (I loaded up), the farm animals delightful ! Your children will have the time of their lives. Hint: get your cameras out for the guiding-the-goats back to their pen adventure ! The hosts are very eloquent, sociable and just kind. They cater to a small group of participants each time, so you won't miss out. Another highlight for us was definitely the milking of the goats ! If you love goat milk, that's the place to be !
Staci
October 2021
I absolutely loved the experience, they were very educational and you can tell the animals are very well loved and taken care of!
Jennifer
October 2021
What a fun experience! Karl was a great teacher and I learned a lot about life on a farm. Margaret is so sweet and made a delicious breakfast for all of us! Definitely recommend for a little day trip / morning activity!
Kayla
September 2021
Karl and Margaret are fantastic hosts who are incredibly hospitable and knowledgeable. They provided a wonderful experience on their farm and allowed us to see what a day in the life really looks like. This was an adventure everyone could enjoy, regardless of ability or experience. Thank you for the tour and delicious honey cake!
Michele & Terrence
September 2021
This was such a fun and informative experience. We learned a lot about the animals on the farm and were even able to milk the goats and feed the turkeys and ducks. Karl and Margaret were amazing hosts. They provided us with a lovely breakfast spread and shared many wonderful stories. Would highly recommend.

Things to know

Guest requirements

You’ll need a photo that matches the one on your ID to confirm who’s actually going on this experience.
Guests ages 2 and up can attend, up to 8 guests total. Parents can also bring children under 2 years of age.
All participants must wear a protective face covering and practice social distancing.

What to bring

We'll be doing farm chores, so you might get dirty -- we'll do our best to keep you as clean as you want, if you just want to observe and chat, or let you get your hands dirty as much as you want. It's totally up to you! But you might want to wear clothes or shoes that you don't mind getting dirty.

Cancellation policy

Cancel up to 7 days before the Experience start time for a full refund, or within 24 hours of booking as long as the booking is made more than 48 hours before the start time.