by Bill Batson
Joyce Henion left Rockland County in 1998 to move her elderly parents and daughter into a home in Walker Valley, NY. A barn on the property and livestock on a neighboring farm revived her interest in animal husbandry, and her love of goats in particular. Seventeen years later, in this, the year of the Goat, Joyce participates in the Nyack Indoor Farmers’ Market at the Nyack Center as Acorn Hill Farmstead Cheese.
This week, Joyce describes her journey from health care worker to goat herder, the advantages of cheese, milk and yogurt derived from her goats and introduces us to some of her “girls”named Lakshmi, Lightning, and Willow.