The Giggling Goat Farm
Giggling Goat Farm, established in 2021 with the purchase of 40 acres in Norwood, Colorado, exemplifies land in partnership with the community. We aim to create opportunities for underserved youth and their families, marginalized populations, and disabled individuals. We want to help foster a love for the great outdoors and a deeper connection to the area in which they live.
The Giggling Goat Farm creates an inclusive and educational space for individuals and communities to foster connections to the environment and each other through a small goat dairy, environmental stewardship, sustainable agriculture practices and recreational programming.
We believe in working as a partnership with our land and our community to create opportunities for a better future for all. We want to help foster a love for the earth and a deeper connection to the gifts we have.
Meet The Team
Deb Bittner is a third-generation Colorado Native who grew up in a rural community on the Front Range. She loves nature and the outdoors and the gifts our earth provides. She has a passion for finding answers to life’s challenges through connecting with the earth and earth’s creatures.
Deb spent 20 years in domestic violence services and assisted at the State level to help increase access to services state-wide. She also assisted in getting the first safehouse in Grand County, and a Family Justice Center in Jefferson County.
Deb has seen first-hand the critical importance balance provides to quality of life for all individuals and is committed to using Gigging Goat Farm as a place where people can find that balance through its beauty and by enjoying the critters who call it home.
Todd, disabled from birth, has had to face many challenges in his lifetime. Despite his physical limitations, he competed in able-bodied sports, including baseball and gymnastics. Todd started a professional speaking career while at West Chester University in Pennsylvania helping new teachers learn how to adapt to students that have unique characteristics that set them apart from the “norm.” His ability to look at his disability as a talking point immediately gained the attention of seasoned professionals. He has been a keynote speaker for over 30 years including Time Warner, A.I. DuPont, West Chester University, Penn State University and many others.
He was a corporate executive before he was 26 years and continued to grow as a professional. During his corporate years he yearned to have a greater impact on society, so he set the goal to become a member of the United States Disabled Ski, which in accomplished in less than two years. He is committed to giving back to society and believes in kindness, accountability, generosity, and self-awareness above all else, and to instill these values in the teams he leads.
Todd has spent his last 20 years as an educator here in the State of Colorado. He has work in Federal Heights, Grand County and is currently the Superintendent at the Norwood Public Schools.
Todd has proven strengths in team building, staff engagement, and culture development, and has a track record of leading schools to exceed their goals. He is a confident, compassionate, motivational leader, that believes in the ability of others to succeed beyond their perceived limitations. With this as his foundation, he is proud to offer Giggling Goat Farm as a place where others can find ways past their perceived limitations in an environment surrounded by nature and peace.
Owyn Longshanks Bittner
Owyn is an Irish Wolfhound/Standard Poodle mix. He was born on January 27, 2022 and joined the farm crew on March 25, 2022. He approaches everything in life with curiosity. He is a big bundle of happy energy and absolutely loves his jobs on the farm which include herding chickens, playing with the goats through the fence, chasing bugs and dandelion seeds floating on the wind. He loves everyone and is happy to share his energy in exchange for a scratch on his ears.
GGF Enthusiast & Support Team
Loren hails from the East Coast, a Georgia peach to be specific! She spent her freshman year of college studying in Panama and Spain, immersing herself in the local customs and languages. Loren graduated from Florida State University (GO NOLES!) with a BS in Environmental Science and went on to study sustainable agriculture and Permaculture in Panama following graduation. Loren has worked around the country and internationally in guiding, farming, microbiology, and working with troubled youth. She has worked locally for the Telluride Academy and True North Youth Program.
Loren had the privilege of meeting the Bittner's through working in the Norwood School District... and it was love at first sight! She immediately felt at home on the farm - surrounded by chickens, goats, the joy that is the Bittner's and the energy-bunny, Owyn. She is excited and grateful to be a part of life at the Giggling Goat Farm. (Pictured above with her first successful milking session with Smiley and Chuckles)
Interested in joining the GGF Team?
The Giggling Goat Farm is looking to incorporate local, regional and nation-wide expertise. Please contact us if you are interested in becoming a partner, volunteer, intern or to learn more!