12 Baskets and a Goat

12 Baskets and a Goat

Ted & Co is proud to introduce our latest campaign – 12 Baskets and a Goat, a project of Ted & Co, Heifer International, and Church of the Brethren. Here’s what it’s about. You book our original show, The Jesus Stories: Faith, Forks, and Fettuccine, and folks in your congregation or group bake their favorite breads and put together fun/funny baskets to auction off. We come into town on the appointed date, perform the play (it’s really good we’ve heard), and you act surprised by a fun and interactive auction in which you generously bid on those breads (yum), which turn into Heifer farm animals (it’s kind of like that wine miracle we’ve heard about, only with, uh, goats). All funds raised will benefit Heifer’s good work restoring dignity and alleviating poverty around the world.

Yah, we knew you’d have questions. So here’s our FAQ which really don’t qualify as “frequently asked” because this is new and all. How about “anticipated frequently asked questions?” Ok, here’s our AFAQ

 What’s with the title “12 BASKETS AND A GOAT”?

The event is an invitation to participate in the “theology of the basket,” of enough for all, based on the Jesus story of feeding those 5,000 hungry ones. All they had was a few loaves and a few fishes in that basket. And the same miracle happens when people share and give. The good-news stories of Jesus with people around food and tables, landscapes and baskets, calls us to that same sharing and compassion. And, the goat? Well…he’s just darn funny. And we all know we need funny.

Why Heifer International?

We wanted to create a campaign with a partner whose mission is about not only feeding people, but more deeply about alleviating the poverty that leads to hunger. What we found with Heifer is an organization that not only gives the fish, but teaches people HOW to fish, and provides them with the resources to alleviate hunger and restore dignity (insert goat for fish in this analogy and you get the picture.) Go see for yourself the incredible work Heifer is doing around the world.

Why Church of the Brethren?

What most people don’t know about Heifer is that the organization was founded by Church of the Brethren folk. Heifer founder Dan West, Brethren leader and peace advocate, believed that recipients of food aid in post-war Europe, should not just receive a cup of milk, but the whole cow. He was more interested in empowering families and communities to become self-reliant and thriving than just simply surviving. Church of the Brethren cowboys brought heifers overseas as part of the UNRRA relief efforts after WWII. Heifer was born. And more heifers and goats and chickens after that.

What’s The Jesus Stories: Faith, Forks, and Fettuccine about? 

It’s about Jesus and eating utensils and Italian food (and lots of cheese). The play is written and performed by Ted Swartz and Jeff Raught, and features original, beautiful (and hilarious) songs/music by Jeff. It asks two questions….what are we having to eat and who are we eating it with?  It’s a question, but also an invitation. Stories in the Gospels place Jesus eating with people, all kinds of people, at all kinds of places. This is a play about Jesus and food; about what we need every day to sustain us and connect us with God and with others. So, it is about our faith, what’s on our forks, and the fettuccine? Well, you have to see the show to find out how that’s relevant. (Spoiler Alert – there’s a sneak peak video and recording down below.)

How does this event even work? 

You call (540-560-3973) or email (office@tedandcompany.com) us, pick a date, and book the show. Your people bake up to 30 loaves of bread and/or other such goodness and put together 12 baskets (or thereabouts) and gather a bunch of your friends and family and people off the street to show up (kind of like that story when God wants to give a banquet and nobody comes so he invites people off the street. yah, not like that because we actually want people to come, but you get the analogy right?). We bring the show, the auction, and the goats. (If you don’t want the goats running around the church, we’ll put them on a screen so you can at least see them.) We do the show, Jeff breaks out into song, Ted and Jeff break out into auctioneer mode, and there go the baskets to the highest bidder (and the goats, cows, or flock of ducks from Heifer’s website to the friends we don’t know yet who need them) . Yes, you do get to hold up bidding signs. With goat pictures on them.

Funds are collected after the show and voila! Women in Zambia now have a goat to milk, or chickens to lay eggs, or ducks to quack. Dignity restored. Hope and stomachs filled.

When can I book this event?


Do we need a barnyard to provide lodging for the goats?

No, you can keep them in your house. As a matter of fact, Ted will keep them safely in his jump drive on his computer. In his computer bag. No poop. No mess.

What do I do if I have more questions?

Call or email us! office@tedandcompany.com or 540-560-3973. We look forward to bringing this show to your town!