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. Growing up, the closest thing I had to farm animals were a cat and a cockatiel. In 2009, Herbert (my husband) and I bought our first milk goat and I instantly became an urban farmgirl, attempting to balance city and farm life..before I knew “urban homesteading” was a thing. That’s when we began The Goat Cheese Lady Farm, hence The Goat Cheese Lady blog you’re visiting now. After moving to the country in 2014, I embarked on life as a rural farmgirl. We continued teaching farm and cheesemaking classes, raising more goats and began construction on our cheese creamery. But life had other plans and in 2017, we decided that, due to financial and health issues, we had to close the farm for business. No more classes, no more creamery, a lot less milking. We went back to off farm jobs, I as an Occupational Therapist, Herbert in construction with his business, D&A Home Remodeling. At that point, I made a silent promise to myself that I would corral my entrepreneurial mind and focus on a job for a year. Well, it has been a year and I am back. Not to classes, cheese, soap or lotion, but back to writing. I love it. I’m not sure where it will lead me, but that’s where I’m starting. I’ll continue to write as The Goat Cheese Lady for now, and whatever the future holds, I’ll let you know. Our two boys are 14 and 11 and continue to be louder than my sister and I ever were. We have two dogs, Montaña and Flash, a cat, Jumpy, a flock of chickens and three goats. Yes, we still have Lucy, the goat who helped us start it all and was milked by over 1,000 people. She’s retired but still the boss. Chocolate provides enough milk for our family with some to spare for the dogs. Soccer friends, school friends, coyotes and mice are frequent visitors. There are way too many flies and every so often we see an owl. I’m glad you’re here. Sometimes you’ll laugh out loud, other times you’ll be inspired to appreciate the small things. My hope is that, over your morning cup of coffee or your afternoon work break, you’ll enjoy the antics and inspiration that are my daily life. Lindsey
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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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