Please help Doug and Kim.

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

About The Goat Cheese Lady

I am Lindsey. At first I was a city girl. Then I was an urban farmgirl, attempting to balance city and farm life. Now, after moving to the country, I have embarked on life as a rural farmgirl, complete with my husband, the Animal Whisperer, man of exceptional knowledge and patience, two boys who are louder than my sister and I ever were, a herd of milking goats, and a flock of egg-laying chickens. Coyotes, mice, country dogs and prairie dogs are frequent visitors. Just 45 minutes north is Colorado Springs, the setting for our first six years in the goat world. Our family. Our city friends. Our introduction to cheesemaking. But we...and our growing farm and soon-to-be creamery...have set up shop down off of Highway 115 in Penrose, Colorado.
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7 Responses to Please help Doug and Kim.

  1. Jen Cordero says:

    I donated. Thanks for letting us know. We wanted to buy a pig from them this year but after last years drought they didn’t know if they would have any to sell. So hard for the farmers. Please let us know how the donation drive did!

  2. florasforum says:

    Support for farmers is so important – especially in the beginning years, when they are learning the ropes and an unforeseen event can be a huge setback. I donated and hope others will too! (Sandra Knauf, Editor and Publisher, Greenwoman Magazine –

  3. karen kanode says:

    I just donated $25 to Elsie’s memory. Thanks for thinking of Doug and Kim to organize this.

    Would you like some cheese? I would have a few mins to stop by this week in the evening or early Sat morning to share some aged cow and goat cheese with you. Surprise for the boys!

    Thanks so much Lindsey and Herbert!

    Karen Kanode

    “Do unto those downstream as you would have those upstream do unto you.”  Wendell Berry


  4. says:

    Sweet, Lindsay! I will definitely donate to them and forward the post, if you don’t mind… What do you think? This is just the community work/building that we need to be doing!

    Becky Elder PCD, EC Blue Planet Earthscapes (.com) Pikes Peak Permaculture (.org) 719-685-0290

  5. Elaine Taravella says:

    Oh, this is sad! I’ve donated $25.00 and hope many others will too! Thanks, Lindsey, for using your network of contacts to help others.

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