2023.12.20 Community Call

GOAT Monthly Community Call, 20 December 2023

Date: December 20, 2023
Time: 9am PT, 12pm ET
Meeting Link: Social Co-op GOAT Gatherings room .
Calendar: Calendar – GOAT


  1. Fiscal Sponsor: New Mexico Community Capital, review agreement @sudokita
  2. Addressing outstanding issues on Open Collective @gbathree
  3. Next steps for 11th Hour funding @sudokita
  4. CAFF Small Farm Tech Expo @ElizabethVaughan
  5. Western GOAT @ElizabethVaughan @paul121 @julietnpn
  6. Brief ask from @jgaehring (see comment below)
  7. Trailpass @ChristopheJ



I’m writing a 3-part essay series about the role of the commons and enclosure in both the open source movement and sustainable farming communities, possibly to be published in Commonplace.

The first essay opens with a narrative of GOAT 2022, in particular the Justice for Nature session. I’m going to reach out separately to a few people I mention by name before I share this more broadly, but I’m curious what the general community thinks of it too. The whole thing has wildly ballooned in scope, so I understand this is a big ask at a hectic time of year, but I would be eternally grateful for any notes or overall feedback. :pray:t2:

And I don’t know if I’d call it a “hot take” per se? But it’s mildly spicy, for sure, so curious people’s feelings about that. :hot_pepper: :fire:

Oh and if ppl do have feedback, feel free to DM me here on the forum or email me! :memo:


CAFF: Has funding in part from 11th hour foundation as well.

At last mega GOAT (2022) discussed having a regional gathering. How can CAFF support?! Lets have GOAT western regional gathering co-located with Small Farm Tech Expo at Madera Community College (just outside of Fresno) March 1st (Friday). Maybe it could be a hack-a-thon, maybe an unconference. It will be focused a bit more on digital technology, but there will still be some.
$4500 to help with travel, hotel, mileage, etc.

  • Look 1-2 organizers for Western GOAT, folks who aren’t interested in supporting Mega goat, but would otherwise just attend mega GOAT. SInce GOAT 2024 is happening this fall, we don’t want to pull from those resources.
  • People interested: Paul, anna, amber, tod, kyle, sam, kevin from lite farm.
  • Great opportunity to get feedback from producers.
  • We can explore having an individual meeting room versus hosting like a dinner, or something before or after the event.