Support The Goats Today At City Council!

Do you want to have your own small, backyard goats or do you want others to be able to?  Today at 1:00 is your last chance to voice support for the Colorado Springs small goat ordinance.  There is a small group of people opposing the ordinance, so we need as many voices as possible today to support it!  GO TO THE COLORADO SPRINGS CITY HALL TODAY (April 22) AT 1:00 TO SUPPORT THE ORDINANCE!

Or…write to your council person.  Here is my letter…and what I will be reading today at the meeting:

“My name is Lindsey, I am a Colorado Springs native and live on the west side of town. I am also known as The Goat Cheese Lady because I teach classes on how to make a variety of types of goat cheese. My husband, our 2 young boys and I own milk goats. Our lot size (1.6 acres) allows us to own goats within the city limits, however I have taught over 900 people to make cheese and milk goats in the past 4 years, many of whom are from Colorado Springs and have expressed the desire to own goats as well, if the city ordinances allowed for it.

I STRONGLY support a change of city policy to allow small goats within the city limits, regardless of lot size. There are a number of reasons that I feel this would be beneficial:

1. Small goats (I am speaking of Kinder goats, Nigerian Dwarf goats and Pygmy goats, among others of the small breeds) are no larger than medium sized dogs, and no louder than dogs.

2. They would provide milk for their owners, and the further potential for the owner to make yogurt, cheese, ice cream, etc, for their family’s use.

3. They help build community. They are fun, mischievous, different (how many city dwellers have been around goats?) and are a cause for neighbors to leave their homes and yards to speak with and get to know each other.  Specifically, We have met and taught over 900 people interested in goats and cheese making.

4. Small goats provide natural weed control and, in necessary cases, fire mitigation. Specifically, ours eat the brush around our property to help with fire mitigation.

5. Their feces has a very minimal odor as compared to dogs.

6. They will attract no more wild life than domesticated dogs or cats if cared for appropriately. (Closed into safe housing at night.)  Specifically, we have noticed no increase in wildlife since we began owning goats 4 years ago.

7. They provide natural, organic fertilizer for their owner’s yard.

8. In the current rise of interest in self sustainability, goats are a necessary addition as pets because they allow their owner to be more self sustainable.

9. They will stimulate small businesses and the local animal centered economy because they require that you purchase food, medications, supplies, etc.  Specifically, we pay a local vet to care for our goats, we buy alfalfa from local farmers, we pay a caretaker to care for them when we are gone, we buy grain and cheese making supplies from local businesses.

10.  Their milk will improve the health of those who drink it.  Specifically, the 14 month old granddaughter of a friend of ours is allergic to cow milk and cow products.  She now drinks our goat milk.  She was able to sleep soundly through the night which she had been unable to do due to congestion.  The infant son of a student of mine was allergic to everything he drank…unable even to drink his mother’s milk.  His doctors said he would not survive.  His mother had to resuscitate him at home multiple times, until the final time, when she made the decision to put him onto raw goat milk.  His allergies subsided and he survived.

In my opinion,  small goats should be allowed within the city limits regardless of lot size. Certainly, apartment dwellers and people who live in areas with HOA’s will be under different restrictions.

I am happy to act as a consultant or simply a community member for you to call to ask more questions so that you can make a sound decision.

It is my understanding that you are assessing the level of interest that the community has in adding goats to “pet” status. Because I’ve met a large number of people in the Colorado Springs area that have expressed interest in owning goats, I believe there is at least as much interest in people being able to own goats as there was for people owning pot-bellied pigs. In other words, there are not a huge number of people, however, the people who are interested would be grateful for the opportunity to bring more self sustainability into their lives.

Although I will not benefit from this new ordinance because my property  meets the minimum land requirement to own hoofed animals, I strongly support the people who have smaller lots but want to own and raise their own goats.”

Hope to see you today!

-  The Goat Cheese Lady

 

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Updated Spring, 2014 Class Schedule!

Gift Certificates available for all classes…if you see a class you want to take but not a date that works for you, we can schedule a special class if we have at least 2 people interested!

The Goat Cheese Making Class! (Basic) 

(Milking and Soft Goat Cheese, Mozzarella and Ricotta making…followed by a farm fresh brunch!) 8:15am to 1:00pm.      Read more…

APRIL, 2014…  You’ll see baby goats!

Sunday, April 27 (SOLD OUT)

MAY, 2014

Sunday, May 4 (SOLD OUT)

Sunday, May 18 (SOLD OUT)

Saturday, May 24 (2 Spots Left)

Saturday, May 31 (SOLD OUT)

JUNE, 2014

Saturday, June 7 (4 Spots Left)

Saturday, June 14 (4 Spots Left)

Saturday, June 21 (4 Spots Left)

Saturday, June 28 (4 Spots Left)

JULY, 2014

Sunday, July 6 (4 Spots Left)

Saturday, July 19 (4 Spots Left)

Saturday, July 26 (4 Spots Left)

You will milk the goats and learn to make soft Goat Cheese, Mozzarella, and Ricotta with goat’s milk.  You also will be served a farm fresh brunch!  Cost:  $85.  Read more…

*Gift Certificates are Available for All Classes!!

(Special Classes/Dates Available On Request!    Weekdays are also available, just ask!  If You Don’t See A Date That Works For You, Just Ask!)

The Hard Cheese Making Class (Advanced)

(Milking and Learn to Make Feta, Traditional Chevre and Cuban hard cheese…followed by a farm fresh brunch!) 8:15am to 1:30pm  

If you have taken the Basic class, and don’t see a date you that works for you, please call to request a date..classes will be scheduled if we have 2 or more students.

You will milk the goats, learn to make traditional chevre, feta and Cuban hard cheese…and of course, indulge in a gourmet farm fresh brunch!  This class is only available to students who have already taken The Goat Cheese Making Class.  Cost:  $85.

Just Cheese Making Class

(Making soft goat cheese, mozarella, ricotta.  No milking or brunch.)

Please call to request a date…classes will be scheduled if we have 2 or more students.

May, 2014

Friday, May 2,  9-noon (2 Spots Left)

You will  learn to make soft Goat Cheese, Mozzarella, and Ricotta with our farm’s goat milk. You will bring home the recipes and samples of all the cheeses you make.  There is no goat milking or brunch included in this class.  9am-Noon weekdays, 2-5 pm weekends. Cost:  $60.

Bread Making Classes 2-5 pm or 9-noon

Please call to request a date….classes will be scheduled if we have 2 or more students.

You will learn to make homemade freshly ground whole wheat bread and cinnamon rolls!  Bring 2 bread pans and one cake pan.  Cost:  $60.

Goat’s Milk Soap/Lotion Making Classes  

Please call to request a date, class is 3 hours long….classes will be scheduled if we have 2 or more students.  Weekday classes are from 9-12, weekend classes are from 2-5.

March, 2013

Sunday, March 23, 2-5 (2 Spots Left)

You will learn to make goat’s milk soap and goat’s milk lotion from freshly milked goats milk!  Some supplies are required (see below).  Cost:  $80.

Students Provide The Following Supplies for Soap/Lotion Class: 

Only two students per class need to bring supplies.

Stainless steel pot, at least 10″ diameter, 10″ high (Walmart), Wooden spoon, Candy Thermometer (Walmart or Ace or Grocery Store), Stick Blender (Ace), Rubber dishwashing gloves (Playtex or generic), Eye Protection (sunglasses work fine), 2 Rubber Spatulas, 1 Glass, Ceramic or Stainless Steel Bowl (Arc).  NOTE:  You will not want to ever use these supplies for cooking again!  Don’t bring your best cookware!

The Goat Cheese Lady will provide all other supplies.

Raising Backyard Chickens, 1:30 – 3:00

Please call to request a date….classes will be scheduled if we have 2 or more students.

You will learn how to raise backyard chickens from baby chicks!  What to feed them, how to take care of them, if they need heat or not, what their coop should look like, what their pen should look like…and how big, how to handle the eggs, how to protect from predators, what to do with the poop, ideas for how to build your own chicken coop, or ideas for where to buy a pre-made chicken coop.  You can also order a custom built coop from The Animal Whisperer (he teaches the class!)  Cost: $25 per person.  Class size limited to 10.

Please call Lindsey at 719-651-9819 to sign up for classes!

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Gift The Gift Of The Goat Cheese Making Class!

Every December, Creative Gift Givers call me to purchase gift certificates to The Goat Cheese Making Class, The Just Cheese Making Class, The Bread Making Class and The Goat Milk Soap and Lotion Making Class!  Are you one of those Creative Gift Givers?  If so, give me a call and I’ll get a gift certificate in the mail to you right away…in time to give for Christmas!

You might be wondering about The Schedule of All Classes…why aren’t there any until March or April???  Well, we live with the seasons on the farm, and this is the season that the goats aren’t producing any milk!  They are pregnant, and when they get into their pregnancies, they stop producing milk to give all their energy to growing their babies!!!  Our first doe is set to kid at the end of January, so classes are set to begin in March or April. 

So, rest assured that if you purchase a gift certificate or two or four, you will have plenty of classes on which to use them.  Once the classes start up in the spring (baby season!!) they go strong most weekends and some weekdays through the end of November…then we rest again.

Thank you for considering sharing the joy of milking a goat, making cheese and indulging in a delicious farm fresh brunch!  Or, maybe you’re considering learning to make goat milk soap and lotion…or bread?  Whatever you choose, we’ll be happy to have you!

Happy Holidays!

-  The Goat Cheese Lady, 719-651-9819, direct to Lindsey aka The Goat Cheese Lady

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My Butt Bones Hurt.

I’ve been running lately.  I’m not training for any races or marathons or anything, I’m just training for more energy.

But, as a side effect, I do believe I’m losing weight.

To be clear, I did not set out to lose weight.  Weight loss was a possible side effect, but, This this is how it all went down:

I used to be tired a lot of the time.  Tired from nothing. So tired that it was challenging to even get out of bed.  Not depressed tired though.  (Citalopram helped me solve that problem.)  I would go through two or three day spurts of hardly being able to function. I remember the last one, I went on a short walk to see if a little exercise would boost my energy.  That day, I didn’t know if I would be able to make it home or if I’d have to lie down and take a nap among the cactus and yucca.  I traipsed through half the walk with my eyes closed.  My arms felt like dead weights.  My cheek muscles couldn’t lift the corners of my mouth to even make a smile.

So, I went to the doctor.  Again.  Over the past many years, I’ve been told I needed vitamin B shots, I needed to stop drinking caffeine, wear an estrogen patch, stop eating sugar, start exercising regularly, eat only protein-not carbs-for breakfast and lunch, have my thyroid tested (did that.  it’s normal.), have ultrasounds (did that.  normal too.), drink vitamin C.

This most recent visit, the final results of the final rounds of testing was that maybe it was hormonal, maybe I was lacking in testosterone.

Lacking in testosterone.

I’m listening.

My doctor, who is a great doctor, said, “We can try putting you on a very low dose of testosterone…it will be very low because we don’t want you to grow hair (mind picture: gorilla) or get a low voice (mind picture:  me returning messages with a man’s voice, “Hi, this is Lindsey, The Goat Cheese Lady…”).  I think it may help you get more energy.”

Let me think about that for a minute…..No.

Well, maybe.

But only if exercise doesn’t work.

Thus, three months ago, I commenced the every-weekday-from 8-9am-is-my-exercise-time program.

Yoga on YouTube, run, walk, bike, shovel manure, whatever would get my heart beating or my limbs stretching.

Now, proceed to last weekend.  The Animal Whisperer and I happened upon Scott Dinsmore on TedxTalks.  He was motivational and talked about expanding your impossible.  Whatever you think is impossible really isn’t.  You can do it.

I had been running two of the five weekdays…granted, I had gotten better than the 2 miles I ran back in August…I was running 4 miles one day and 6 miles the other day, and filling the other days with yoga or walking or manure shoveling.

It seemed impossible for me to run every single day, Monday through Friday.  That was my impossible.  The other impossible was running 6 miles in one hour.  The fastest I had run it was in one hour and six minutes.

Sunday night, I set in my mind that I would run every single day this week:  2 miles Monday, 4 miles Tuesday, 6 miles Wednesday, 4 miles Thursday and 2 miles Friday (today).

And I Did It.

Monday, no problem.

Tuesday, no problem.

Wednesday, I got the harebrained idea that I’d aim for the 60 minute 6 miles.  But the back of my mind was telling me, “Ya, right.  That means cutting one minute off of each mile, you idiot.”  And in the front of my mind, I was hearing Rascal Flatts singing to me (with only the benefit of my imagination, no ear buds) “Don’t give up, don’t give in, You can do what you think is impossibu-ul”.  So, guess what?  I did it.  Right when I looked at my phone after sprinting as fast as a person can who has just run 5.99 miles, I watched it flip over to:

6.0 miles.  1.00 hours.

Nice.

Thursday, sucked.  Still having to run 4 miles after running 6 miles the day before really did not take the cake.  I thought my legs might fall out of my hip joints before I even got back home.  And that would have been just a mess.  I could feel things rattling all over inside of me.  No record breaking, but, I made it.

Friday, (today) EASY PEASY!!!  Two miles.  Bam.  Done.  Did it.

My impossibles.  1.  Ran lots of miles every day this week.  2.  Ran 6 miles in 60 minutes!

And, thank you very much, I don’t plan on doing it again very soon.

It was really hard.  Really, really hard.  I’m proud of myself for sure, but not so much that I think I need to do it again this week.

And, that brings us full circle to why my butt bones hurt.

As I mentioned above, I am training for more energy.  NOT to lose weight.  Although, it is a nice side effect that the waist band of my pants is no longer cutting off the circulation to my brain.

Some may consider the other side effect a benefit as well:  I am pretty sure I am losing fat in my butt.

But, “Not I”, said the fly.  I, for one, do not consider that a benefit.  Because now it hurts to sit.  The bones in my butt ache all the time because there is not enough padding to cushion them.

Just a few days ago, I heard a funny thing.  The friend of a friend told my friend that she (the friend’s friend) was going to have fat from her butt put in her face because the injections she had been getting for $500 a whack only last 6 months and butt fat injected into your face lasts forever.  It just make me wonder if your face stinks every time you fart.

But for me, I will not have any butt fat put anywhere.  I will keep it where it belongs.  And if this doing what you think is impossible business is going to make all the fat go out of my butt so I can’t sit and my pants fall off, I may need to look into some other impossibles.

Good talking to you, and I hope you are well.

-  The Goat Cheese Lady

P.S.  Training for more energy is working.  Good thing.  No testosterone.

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Give The Gift of Goat Milk Soap!

We are proud to have our Hand Made Goat Milk Soaps for sale for Holiday Gifts!  As many of you know, our soaps are always for sale at our farm, but this is the first time we’ve offered them for sale online.  However, because we make them from scratch and they have to cure two weeks before they are ready to mail, it’s a good idea to place your order now!

Reserve your soap now, your order will be mailed to you in about 3 weeks, fully cured and ready to give as Holiday Gifts!  When our current inventory is sold, we will make more, but that will add two more weeks of soap curing time, so if you want to be sure you have soaps in time to gift them, don’t wait too long to order!

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Unscented Goat Milk Soap: $5.  The best soap for anyone with skin sensitivities.  Contains nothing but the basic soap ingredients.  My favorite for sensitive skin.

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Lavender Goat Milk Soap:  $5.  Relax in a night time bath with our lavender scented goat milk soap.

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 Peppermint Goat Milk Soap:  $5.  Feeling like you’re not awake yet when you get into the shower in the morning?  Our peppermint goat milk soap will energize your senses, it is my favorite for a morning energizer!

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 Coffee Peppermint Goat Milk Soap:  $5.  Get the best of both worlds! Our goat milk soap combined with the scrubbing power of organic coffee grounds and the energizing scent of peppermint.  My favorite for the kitchen sink!

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 Coffee Goat Milk Soap:  $5.  Unscented goat milk soap with organic coffee grounds for exfoliation.  It is best by the kitchen sink, the coffee grounds work wonders to get dirt, oil and gook off of your hands!  (This soap has no coffee smell.)

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 Oatmeal Goat Milk Soap:  $5.  Soothe and gently exfoliate your skin with our unscented oatmeal infused goat milk soap.

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 Oatmeal Lavender Goat Milk Soap:  $5.  Lavender brings relaxation while you soothe and gently exfoliate your skin with our oatmeal lavender infused soap.

 Tea Tree Oil Goat Milk Soap:  $5.  Enjoy the antiseptic powers of tea tree oil in this healing soap.

All of our soaps are made with these basic ingredients:  Goat Milk (from our goats), lye, pure olive oil, organic coconut oil, and shortening.   The soaps may also include (if you order anything other than the unscented):  Lavender oil, peppermint oil, tea tree oil, organic rolled oats and/or organic coffee grounds. 

Instructions to order: 

1.  Total up your order and add $5 for shipping...remember, all soaps are $5.  Shipping is only a flat fee of $5 for all orders up to 12 bars.  Add $10 for shipping if you order 12-50 bars.   (ex:  6 bars = $30,  plus $5 shipping = $35 total) OR (ex: 21 bars = $105, plus $10 = $115.)

2.  Click on the “Donate” link below.  Type your total in the “Donation Amount” box.  (We run our credit card payments through Paypal, and our website only lets us process payments as if they are donations, even though you are actually purchasing and will receive soaps.)

3.  Fill out your payment information and click “Review Donation and Continue.”

4.  Click on “Add Special Instructions To The Seller” and type in your order AND your mailing address!!  (ex:  3 lavender, 2 coffee peppermint, 1 unscented, John Smith, 1234 Main St., Colorado Springs, CO, 80904)

5.  Click on “Donate $ USD Now.”

6.  You’re finished!  We will ship your soap to you in around 3 weeks.

We have a 100% satisfaction guarantee.  If you’re happy, tell a friend.  If you’re not, tell us.  We’ll fix it.

Thank you for supporting our business!  We appreciate what you are doing for yourselves, for your families and for your communities!

Lindsey and Herbert 719-651-9819

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Unfortunately, Rabbits Can’t Throw Up.

Don’t read the following information if you are queasy or aren’t in the mood to look at rabbit guts.  The pictures are graphic.But you’ll learn from them.

The Animal Whisperer awoke to find our big, gray rabbit dead on the floor of the barn.

No apparent cause of death.

He was alive and fine last night.

Dead this morning.

So, I did an autopsy.

The Animal Whisperer theorized it was a spider bite.  I wondered if it was mouse poison.

But after further discussion, we realized that he had fed the rabbit a treat of bread yesterday…so had one of our boys…so had I.  That’s a lot of bread for a rabbit.

Our new theory became death by bread.

Here come the pictures:

I'm holding the heart.  It looks in good condition, not a heart attack.I’m holding the heart. It looks in good condition, not a heart attack.  The muscles I can see are normal color, they don’t appear to have been discolored by a spider or snake bite.  The teeth don’t have evidence of the bright tourquoisy-green mouse poison.

For the record:  I have never done an official farm autopsy before.

But I did determine that a chicken I slaughtered last year never grew to full size because it had fluid in the sack around its heart.

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The liver (in my hands above) was in good condition too, the gall bladder looked normal.  The kidneys and lungs looked fine too.

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But…look at the stomach (the big whitish bag looking thing).  And the large intestine (the fat snake-like tube with two flies on it at the right).  They are HUGE.  The Animal Whisperer does all the rabbit slaughtering around here, so I’ve never seen the insides of a rabbit, but this just doesn’t look right.

Soon after the above picture, I cut into the stomach and large intestine.  Out POURED (smelly) greenish lumpy stuff, the consistency of thick split pea soup.  And, the jam packed nature of the stomach and large intestine stopped at the connection to the small intestine, which then became a long, skinny tube of mostly air.  I didn’t look carefully enough to notice if the large intestine was twisted at the connection to the small intestine, but it was obviously blocked by SO MUCH FOOD.

Apparently, this rabbit had loved the bread we gave him.  He appeared to have eaten it all.

We learned our lesson, we must be careful to not overfeed the rabbits.

They cannot throw up.  So, even if he could tell he was full, he couldn’t get rid of the food.

The official cause of death was, in my non-professional opinion, having done a rabbit autopsy exactly once:

Death by intestinal blockage caused by overeating.

Poor guy.

We are sorry Mr. Rabbit.  We hope you are hopping in a meadow somewhere in rabbit heaven.

-  The Goat Cheese Lady

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