It is an annual event held in Aberdeen, SD where farmers gather to learn about sustainable and organic agricultural practices. What that really means is that the conference food is AWESOME. Local and Organic. Oh, the sacrifices!
And I get to present at one of the workshops! How fun is that! Yep, I'm one of those people who actually don't mind getting up an speaking to a group. I have just a stitch of teacher left in me that can never miss an opportunity to talk about all things soap or goats.
You may not know this, but the 444Farm received a small SARE grant to help specifically with our cream soaps although the benefits are much larger and I will use it throughout our business.
My project is: Making Goat's Milk Soap Business Sustainable by Implementing Standard Manufacturing and Testing Protocols. Now there's a mouthful!
While at the workshop, I'll be sharing information with other farmers who create cosmetic products and talk about establishing Good Manufacturing Practices. (GMP)
I suppose some look at GMP as a bunch of administrative busy work, but I embrace it and let it create the structure and accountabilty needed to create a quality product day in and day out.
And finally, I really get to really let the teacher out at the Living History Fair! On Friday, January 30th, 30 different schools will come and I will have 20 minutes to talk to a group of kids about soap making on the prairie and then the groups rotate and I start again. (over and over again for 7 hours :)) I started getting ready today, when I stopped at the butcher and picked up a hunk of beef fat. I plan on starting by grossing the kids out. Hey, they're elementary kids! On Saturday, it's open to the public and am planning on demonstrating how to make soap the modern way and we'll appreciate our ancestor's way along the way. Here's what you need to know -- 11 am, Codington County Expo Bldg, Watertown, SD! Your Saturday thing to do!