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Community Highlights: Meet Linda Gutierrez of Wildflower Farm

Today we’d like to introduce you to Linda Gutierrez.

Hi Linda, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
It all started five years ago when I saw a news article about a farm in Oregon that was doing yoga with goats. I immediately “got it” or “Goat it”!! Goats are known to be awesome companion animals for other animals and humans. And yoga is a wonderful practice both physically and mentally.

Right now, we have Nigerian Dwarf dairy goats, which is one of the small goat breeds, but at the time I had Alpine goats, which are standard-sized dairy goats reaching around 150 pounds when full grown. Yoga with a large goat looking down at you is not very zen! But…..how about doing yoga with baby goats? They are small, social like a puppy, agile like a cat, just plain cute and lovable. And here is the kicker, the yogis will give a bottle of warm goat milk to the babies! As you give a bottle of milk to them, their little tails are wagging excitedly. It’s something I never ever get tired of seeing. Goats are therapy, in my opinion. They keep you in the moment. They fill your heart with joy. You forget about anything outside of where you are. And so with that, Wildflower Farm’s Baby Goat Yoga made its debut! It’s been such a success that we branched out with other events; Fables on the Farm, Party in the Pasture, Family Time on the Farm, and Wildflower Farm’s Pumpkin Patch! It is a gratifying to know you have made a positive impact on someone’s day. The joyful feeling our guests take with them ripple onward. That is why we do what we do!

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Does running a small farm have struggles? Absolutely, but it’s how we adjust, adapt, and move forward that counts. We are constantly learning here, finding ways of streamlining and simplifying. Also, there is ALWAYS work to do on the farm! As they say, “Farm work is never done! there is always something in need of repair!

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your business?
Wildflower Farm is a small farm located just east of downtown Orlando. Our farm is the first to offer Baby Goat Yoga classes here in Orlando! Because of the success of Baby Goat Yoga, we branched off into other events to give a variety of experiences to our guests. We offer Fables on the Farm, an hour including a storybook reading for the little ones, Family Time on the Farm, that includes a fun farm activity for the children, Party in the Pasture, an event for 18 years of age and older. We created Party in the Pasture for us adults to be “kids” again and be able to relax and interact with our baby goats. Corporate Team Building and Private Farm Experiences are popular events we book also. We absolutely love what we do! This is a unique experience that is simple and wholesome. We see a positive difference from when our guests arrive to when they leave. And yes, many of our guests do not want to leave and tell us they will definitely be back to visit again.

What sets us apart is that we want every guest that comes to our farm to know that we truly appreciate them and if our farm gives them a little bit of joy, it was all worth it! The type of goats we have are dairy goats; Nubians and Nigerian Dwarfs which have the best milk, in our opinion. We make soaps and also cheeses with the milk. When we have enough to spare, we sell the milk and cheese for Pet use only because it is raw and unpasteurized. There are also chickens and pigs on our farm. We are fortunate that we have not had to buy eggs from the grocery store for almost 40 years! Our eggs are another popular item we sell. We definitely have a special little slice of heaven in the middle of Orlando!

We love surprises, fun facts and unexpected stories. Is there something you can share that might surprise us?
One of my personal passions is family genealogy. In my spare time, I love finding tidbits of information about how life was like back in the day. What was the occupation of my ancestors? where did they live? did they serve in the military? I absolutely love this!! I feel what we are drawn to seems to be in our DNA. While searching my maternal grandfather’s side of the family, I was able to connect with a 3rd cousin. Her great-grandfather and my great-grandfather were brothers, yet we had not ever met. And for me, what was really cool is that through our conversations, we also had very similar hobbies and interests. She studied herbalism, as did I, she had dairy goats, as do I. Why are we drawn to the same things? It is interesting to say the least.’

Pricing:

  • Baby Goat Yoga $22.00 per person
  • Party in the Pasture $15.00 per person
  • Fables on the Farm $12.50 per person
  • Family Time on the Farm $15.00 per person

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Wildflower Farm LLC

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