Local goat farm provides engaging, hands on experiences


Sydney Bigelow

Work hard, play hard — The goats at Bradley Mountain Farm spend hours at a time climbing the playscape in their pen. The goats milk is used for soap making classes, and the goats can be found doing goat yoga, along with many other activities the farm has to offer.

Sydney Bigelow, Opinions Editor

Bradley Mountain Farm in Southington, Connecticut is a goat farm and a business, offering a variety of activities involving the goats. The character of the land, the kindness of the people, and the one of a kind experiences the farm are all just towns away, something new to try this winter with your family or by yourself.

One interesting activity that the farm has to offer is goat soap making. The farm’s studio uses milk from the goats on the farm to create organic, chemical free soap that is good for sensitive skin or use in general. Customers pick from a variety of scents and can pick up to two colors to include in the soap. A hands on activity, customers mix in the dye themselves and then bang the soap on the counter to set it in place, and then take it home with them.

Goat yoga has become an increasingly popular trend throughout the country and is on the rise in Connecticut. The farm’s goats are trained to roam and greet people who are practicing yoga with a trained instructor. The class is certainly different from your typical class at the gym, and there are often more laughs than deep breaths.

The “Fairy Goatmothers” and “Goat Cuddle Therapy” activities allow customers to make reservations to handle the goats with the help of a staff member. These opportunities allow for one on one connections with the animals, perfect for animal lovers or those looking for a good memory with the goats, who always seem to have a personality.

“A very favorite is ‘Goats N Pajamas!’ Terri Battaglia, our Farm Leader of Activities, gets your group a goat and you dress it up in pjs, do a little parade, read a short cute story & get them ready for bed! It is so fun, silly & relaxing all at the same time,” store manager Karen Perry said.

In the weeks leading up to the holiday season, the farm safely dresses up the goats in reindeer outfits and antlers and offers picture taking sessions. These pictures are a unique and less hectic way to make memories with friends from the North Pole without going to a shopping mall to meet Santa Claus.

If you really fall in love with the ambiance of the farm, Bradley Mountain Farm hosts weddings and birthday parties. The farm sits adjacent to Crescent Lake and is surrounded by trees that show the best of New England fall foliage in autumn. Bradley Mountain Farm was built on a 200 year old dairy farm and is registered as a National Historical Place.

“Anneliese Dadras is the owner of Bradley Mountain Farm, she started this venture about 9 years ago just making Goat Milk Soap. Just about 5 years ago she purchased this beautiful piece of property now known as Bradley Mountain Farm. The farm is over 200 years old and she has worked hard to bring it back to life. There are 34 goats, 15 chickens, 2 dogs & 1 cat,” Perry said.

Not only can you find studios and animals at the farm, there is a gift shop for those looking to purchase goat soap, handmade dolls, and other holiday gifts. The gift shop also sells clothing with the Bradley Mountain Farm logo if customers want a souvenir of their experiences, seeing as they can’t take a goat home with them.
COVID-19 regulations are strictly followed at the farm, protecting employees and customers during the pandemic. Social distancing is encouraged with a limit of only five people in each studio at a time, masks are mandatory at all times, and hand washing is also required before even entering the area.

“All guests must now make reservations online for any Activities instead of just dropping in. They also must wear face masks, wash hands as they arrive onto the property at our wash station in the driveway, make sure they are 6 feet apart from other people & we have detailed cleaning procedures before, during & after all activities,” Perry said.

The workers at the farm care for the goat’s well being and are invested in educating people through fun activities. Every person at the farm is knowledgeable and friendly, and it is easy to enjoy whatever activity you chose to explore. Reservations are available via telephone or email, which can be found on the Bradley Mountain Farm website.