Sisters Serena, (left) and Chloe (right), raise Nigerian Dwarf goats. Their 4-H club is in the bustling city of Oakland, California—but the urban location doesn’t stop its members from raising goats, rabbits, and even pigs. During the time that Raise was being written, Serena was 15 and Chloe was 18. Photo by Rafael Roy.
Chloe plays with the Montclair 4-H goats. Since most members of this urban club don’t have space for animals at home, the goats live on a borrowed property in the hills of Oakland, California. Photo by Rafael Roy.
Serena practices showmanship with a Nigerian dwarf goat named Bianca. In “market” or “conformation” classes, judges evaluate the animal on how well it conforms to the set of standards for its breed, but in showmanship, the competition is about how well the competitors control and show off their animals. Photo by Rafael Roy.
Serena gets a pep talk from her mom before the dairy goat show at the Alameda County Fair. Photo by Rafael Roy.
Serena gets her goat ready for the show at the Alameda County Fair. Judges deduct points for animals who don’t look well-groomed, so 4-H’ers make sure to wash, brush, and trim their animals before the show. Photo by Rafael Roy.