With the help of goats, Germantown nonprofit gets creative to raise funds

John McDevitt
June 24, 2020 - 7:01 pm

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) Germantown nonprofit Philly Goat Project brings all sorts of educational and wellness programs to the Philadelphia region. And despite obstacles the pandemic is causing, fundraising efforts have continued in creative ways.  

Santino Holmes, 14, was getting some of the 14 goats at the farm ready for a walk on the grounds of the Awbury Arboretum.

“I was putting a leash on, which is very difficult … You may think it’s easy. There's different kinds of goats,” Holmes explained. 

Holmes is a community intern at the Philly Goat Project, which teaches life and job skills.

Karen Krivit, who co-founded the project in 2018, said the project brings agricultural experiences to the urban landscape.

“Especially in regards to our mission in creating jobs, programming and opportunities for the Black and brown community in Germantown and using our resources and becoming allies in the social justice movement to equalize opportunities,” she said. 

The pandemic made fundraising for the nonprofit difficult over the past few months goat yoga and grants from schools for educational programs stopped. 

So to raise some money, the goats went virtual, showing up on Zoom meetings, and they have been clearing vegetation on properties by eating it. 

“Yeah poison ivy and poison oak doesn’t bother them at all. They eat that first, it’s really delicious to them,” Krivit explained. 

The farm will be hosting free no-touch visits on Sunday, June 28, and masks and social distancing are part of precautionary measures.