Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence


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2015 Regional Award Winner

 

Haute Goat

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MPP Arthur Potts, MPP Lou Rinaldi, Shain Jaffe and Debbie Nightingale

MPP Arthur Potts, MPP Lou Rinaldi, Shain Jaffe and Debbie Nightingale

When Debbie Nightingale and Shain Jaffe started raising Nigerian dwarf goats, they quickly realized there were plenty of other goat producers making milk and cheese. So the pair took a different route, partnering with a number of Ontario artisans to create the Haute Goat line of edibles and skin care products. Today, they sell everything from goat cheese chocolates and salted caramels - judged "divine" by the Toronto Star - to goat milk cleanser and cuticle cream. Chronicling their farming adventures via social media has proved a savvy marketing strategy. After all, who can resist photos of adorable goats? Meanwhile, the farm has become an agri-tourism hub thanks to a farm gate shop, farm tours and a bed-and-breakfast operation.


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