In 1998 the Sisters of St. Mary were approached by the Rt. Rev'd Jackson Biggers, a CSM Associate and Bishop of the Diocese of Northern Malawi, with the request to help found a new Anglican religious Order in south central Africa. Among the life skills which the Sisters were asked to impart was goat dairy husbandry. CSM accepted the challenge and set up a simple goat dairy on their property in Peekskill. They also sought training in hand-till, sustainable agriculture, both for themselves and for their African novitiate.
The goat shed and enclosure were built below St. Mary's Chapel on the old St. Michael's school site. Shortly after our new African novices arrived in the U.S., grade dairy goats were acquired from a Carmelite monastery near Binghamton, NY. The Sisters milked, made cheese and