VENEDOCIA – Do you have goat’s milk?
Christine and Eric Greer certainly do. And when they say “take your goat” they literally mean it.
The Van Wert County couple got theirs in 2017, buying four Nigerian dwarf does (not bred females) and two curling. The Greers went on to found Bended Knee Acres, which settled with health-related products on the outskirts of Venedocia.
The idea to run such a business came about partly because Christine and their daughters suffered from eczema and dry skin. Turns out they had only scratched the surface.
“We bought goat milk soaps and lotions from another source for years, but we were hoping to make our own using the milk from our goats,” Christine said, noting that the family sold their home. of Logan County around 2018 and moved to his current farm. The Greers have always hoped to sell additional products to the public “at least on a small scale.”
The company can be reached by phone at 937-539-0001, on Facebook at BendedKneeAcres and by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Due to various factors, not the least of which was COVID-19, show dwarf goats have yet to materialize.
“We participated in milk testing last season and hope to show this year or participate in a linear evaluation” via the American Dairy Goat Association, Christine explained. The minimum price for ADGA registered stock is $300, based on performance and pedigree.
Christine has the final say on the four-legged friends for sale.
“As owners, we retain the right to keep any animal we choose,” she said.
The family will continue to sell soaps in scents including honey oatmeal, lavender and pumpkin spice. Essential oils and other natural ingredients are used to create the soap bars, which cost an average of $6.
Eric, her husband, lends a helping hand and muscles while helping her in many ways.
“I design and build what is needed for the business, like feeders, enclosures and fences,” Eric said, adding that he helps with tasks such as cleaning and transportation. He also sells Bended Knee products at craft fairs and farmers markets. The company’s soaps are also available at Spencerville Hardware.
Their youngest daughter and Christine’s brother, who rolls up his sleeves for “goat waste removal”, also participate.
Christine’s livelihood stems from her upbringing as a farm girl surrounded by an assortment of pets and livestock.
“Like farming of any type, it’s a job of the heart: you have to love it to do it,” she said. “Commercial operation of the products has been a slow process as we try to maintain a viable balance for our family.”
What does Christine foresee in her crystal ball?
“As long as we are physically capable and enjoy what we are doing, we will continue,” she said.
Christine and Eric Greer own and operate Bended Knee Acres which includes breeding, rearing and creating products from Nigerian Dwarf goats.
Bended Knee Acres near Venedocia started in 2017 with four Nigerian pygmy goats and two bucklings.