Goat yoga has become all the rage over the past few years. I tried a class earlier this year and I completely understand why. It is a great way to relieve stress both through the yoga and the laughter from interacting with the goats. One of the local businesses that provides goat yoga is Myersville Farms.
Myersville Farms is a small, family owned and operated business in Sanford, Florida. They are located on 15 acres of land that sits on beautiful Lake Jesup. The farm is owned by Rhonda Myers and her husband Terry, with her sons Jake (12) and TJ (16) also helping out on a daily basis in order to keep the farm running smoothly.
The farm got started years ago when the Myers decided to start raising their own food. When others heard what they were doing, they wanted to purchase some of their products. Eventually, local restaurants came calling and began to purchase their products. Soon after, they became the local farm-to-table farm. That all changed when the pandemic hit. The restaurants they sold to closed down for months, so they had no one to buy their products. They ended up having to shut down the farm-to-table business.
When the holiday season came around, and the majority of company parties were cancelled, Myersville Farms started getting requests for goat yoga parties. This was the perfect covid activity! This allowed people to be outside, social distance, and still be entertained. This was the beginning of their goat yoga business. Now, goat yoga is held on the farm every Sunday when baby goats arrive. This is usually between January and June.
The Myers then branched out from goat yoga into holding farm classes for children. During farm classes, children get to feed the animals and try their hand at milking a goat. Parents loved the class so much; they wanted their own; so, adult farmer for the day was created.
At the same time, there also happened to be a soap shortage which was the perfect opportunity for them to start selling their homemade goat milk soaps. Rhonda uses fresh goat's milk to make the soap right in the family kitchen. Right now she is making soap almost daily to keep up with demand.
In the future, the Myers would like to grow their soap business by getting their product into more local stores, selling online through their website, and becoming regulars at a local farmers market.They also plan to expand their farm classes so more kids and adults can get to be a farmer for a day.
Location: Myersville Farms, 6053 Lake Ave., Sanford, FL 32773
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