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Day in the Life of a Gozo Shepherd



Communications Coordinator
Aug 5, 2013


Day in the Life of a Gozo Shepherd

The population of the tiny nation of Malta live predominantly on two islands – Malta, the larger, more developed island, and her rural sister island of Gozo. Life in Gozo moves at a slower pace, and traditional ways of life are still common. SAS students spent a day visiting a goat farmer on Gozo, taking the opportunity to learn about the arts of wine- and cheese-making, care for farm animals, and even milk a goat. At the end of the day, they were served a delicious, fresh meal made from the farm’s products.

Students Lori Dilger (Business Administration, Depaul University), Julie Wanous (Psychology, Wright State University), and Sam Henry (Neuroscience, Ohio State University), chat on the half hour ride to Gozo Island.
Passengers lean over the railings on the ferry between the island of Malta and the smaller, more rural island of Gozo.
Penned goats curiously study the new arrivals as they arrive at the farm in Gozo.
Bettina Mangiaracina, a Liberal Studies major at CUNY Hunter College, laughs as she attempts to milk a goat for the first time. The milk will later be used to make cheese.
Julie Caruccio reacts as an orphaned 2-week old lamb licks her neck and face.
Besides goats, this Gozo farm has a number of other animals, including chickens, sheep, and dogs.
The farm also produces its own red and white wines.
Rikardu Zammit, a farmer and shepherd, shows SAS students how to make traditional Gozo cheese using both sheep and goat milk.
Traditional baskets give the cheese shape while allowing excess liquid to drain.
Rikardu Zammit has lived in Gozo his entire life, working first as a stone mason, then farmer, and, more recently, he has started his own restaurant on the island serving fresh, traditional meals.
Fresh bread, cheese, honey, and vegetables are on display outside of Rikardu’s restaurant – Ta-Rikardu.

One Comment

  1. Najeeba
    April 22, 2015 at 9:20 am


    I am writing a piece on my visit to Malta, but unfortunately my pictures have all been lost, hence, I am writing to you.
    I would like to seek permission to use a couple of pictures like ta’rikardos restaurant and cheese. I have visited these places and the description and write up will be based on my personal experience and anecdotes. I will duly credit your pictures if I use them and will send you the link once article is published.

    Look foward to positive response from you.

    Many thanks & kind regards,


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