We focus on chickens, goats and turkeys. We also need to mention our horse ChuChu. ChuChu has a nice little Maya horsecart that we use to haul all sorts of things. We have no cars trucks. ChuChu is sustainable, has a great little personality and love to be taken for rides. We’ve got a saddle for here. Participate in this volunteer project and you’re welcome to take ChuChu out whenever you like. If you don’t know how to ride – no worries. ChuChu is easy :)
Good animals provide our Partner Communities with a complete, natural, sustainable source of protein. The poor in Guatemala face an ongoing and persistent need for more protein in their diet. Protein is very important for growing children as well as older adults.
Our Good Animals volunteer project directly and sustainably addresses this issue. Our Happy Animals are raised like animals should be – no growth-hormones, no antibiotics, under sunny skies, with real earth beneath their feet. Our chickens get to scratch and chase bugs. Our goats receive a varied diet of all sorts of wild bushes they find and select all by themselves.
Chickens – we only use criolla chickens, not the weird mutant chickens. Criollas are known for their natural resistance to disease. Some of them are very ugly too, called pelucas. Peluca means wig in Spanish. The pelucas can have large bald spots, with no feathers and so it looks like they are wearing wigs. All criollas have far better dispositions than the weird mutant chickens. We concentrate on egg-laying chickens – a far better, more sustainable source of protein. Protein is badly needed in our Partner Communities. Chickens are raised and eggs are distributed or grown to produce more egg-laying hens. You can’t raise chickens without getting roosters along with the hens – we eat/sell the roosters :)
Goats – are great and very curious animals. They’re super-smart and actually make very good pets. They know their names and are easily trained, just like a dog. We use our goats to control weeds. The goats recycle the weeds into super-good compost pellets. While the natural weed abatement and compost is a good thing, goats are mostly for cheese, milk and yogurt (gogurt). Long-term vision for our goats is to increase our small mini-herd to 300 and then we’ll have the required critical mass to start production/distribution of all-natural goat ice-cream Yum :)
Can’t breed goats and just get nanny-goats. There’s usually billy-goats and we eat/sell them. Again, because of poverty, protein is usually lacking in the typical Guatemalan diet and our little billy-goats help us deal with that issue in a natural and sustainable way.