UPDATE!! We received $372.96 for Doug and Kim, thanks to all of you who so generously donated!
Doug and Kim Wiley are the owners, milkers, gardeners, mom and dad, and ranchers at Larga Vista Ranch in Boone, Colorado. In a chance meeting, Doug taught me about raw milk years ago. Before we had goats, we had a share in their herd and got our raw cow’s milk from them. They are the gentle, soft-spoken, forward progressing steam ship in the fresh-food-raw-milk-support-your-local-farmer-movement in Colorado.
And, this morning on Facebook, I learned a sad story.
Elsie, one of their best raw milk producers, had been sick after calving a few days ago, but had recovered and was thought to be doing well. However, yesterday morning, despite all of their best care, work and intentions, Elsie died.
When a dairy farm loses a cow that was one of their best producers, they lose a huge part of their income.
We typically think that “supporting your local farmer” means buying their milk, meat or produce…but you can also support your local farmer by shouldering some of the burden when they experience a loss…whether grasshoppers eat the whole crop, or the piglets die because their mother didn’t produce enough milk, or because a milk producing cow dies.
Please help Doug and Kim recover from the loss. Please donate $10 that they can use to purchase another milk cow, or use to subsidise their loss of income.
If 100 people donate $10, they’ll have $1000. If you can donate more, or can donate less, that’s great. Everything will help.
Click on the donate button here or at the top right.
– The Goat Cheese Lady