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Strawberry Hill Farm and Garden offers family farm experience

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Birds, pigs, donkeys and a llama can all be found at Strawberry Hill Farm and Garden near Strawberry Point. But the farm is really known for its goats, hundreds of them.

Eugene Kauffman actually grew up on the farm and the family re-purchased it in 2007 with the goal of making it a working farm again.

The Kauffman family started with 75 goats. The herd was growing, until last year.

"We got stray voltage and that stray voltage took 150 of our milking does. It was really depressing," said Christine Kauffman.

Christine Kauffman said the stray voltage was devastating, but it's also the reason Strawberry Hill Farm and Garden now exists.

"I needed to do something positive and something to look forward to every day. There was so much I couldn't control and do anything about, yet we could start something new. It was a way to overcome something devastating that was going on. So now we have two businesses on the farm," said Kauffman.

The Kauffmans sell the goats' milk and operate a zoo. Last winter, the Kauffmans partnered with Silos and Smokestacks to offer tours.

"So now we offer the farm zoo along with farm tours where people can actually come help milk, gather eggs, clean donkey pen. Just help with everyday chores for an hour or hour and a half," said Christine Kauffman.

Besides the animals, other attractions include hillbilly olf and bowling and a tire playground. The cost varies depending on what you want to do, but it ranges from $3 to $10.

The goal of Strawberry Hill Farm and Garden is to showcase the family farm and offer education.

"If I can provide a safe and fun environment for kids to learn about farming and the farm animals, it lights my heart up," said Kauffman.

Strawberry Hill Farm and Garden is open on the weekends and by appointment during the week.

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