The Goats Won! Part 2

Back in 2011, I put “change city goat policy” on my Dream List

At the time, our goats were legal because we have more that 3/4 acres of land, but I wanted anyone in the city to be able to have small goats.  During that year, however, I realized legalizing goats in the city was actually not my fight.  I already had goats.  They were already legal.  I believed small goats should be legal within the city and supported people who already had them (albeit illegally), but did not have the passion that comes from being the one who can’t have them but really wants them.  The fight needed to come from a city person who had that passion.  I would support however I could.

I met Monycka a couple of years ago when she called asking if I would join her for a meeting at City Hall to further the discussion with two city employees regarding legalizing goats in Colorado Springs.  When I met her then, it was obvious she was the won’t-take-no-s*%t-from-nobody kind of woman who could get the job done and was passionate that her two less than fifty pound goats be able to live legally in her back yard.

She wonHer goats wonAll of you who wrote letters and emails to city council in support of goats wonAll of you who bombarded city council with phone calls wonYour yesterday illegal, today legal city goats wonBeing able to produce your own milk, cheese, yogurt, ice cream, soap, lotion, kefir, buttermilk wonWe won!

Monycka Snowbird and Councilwoman Jill Gaebler are the true heroines of this story…Monycka started the initiative as I know it and Jill gave it life on City Council.

Thanks to all of the city council members who voted YES on the ordinance.  Thanks for allowing our city to move forward, along with other cities nationwide who have also embraced giving their citizens the right to legally become more self sustainable.

As City Council decided last night, here are the specifics of the ordinance in layperson’s terms:  It is now legal for a person to own up to 4 pets.  Only two of those pets can be goats (does or wethers).

Now, go forth and milk!  Go forth and chomp weeds in the back yard!  Go forth and poop in the garden!

NO.  I am not talking to YOU!  I am talking to the 2 new goats you are going to buy.  The waiting is over!  There will be no more votes!  It’s final!!!  We Won!!!

Good Work Team!

–  The Goat Cheese Lady

P.S.  I witnessed in person the unanimous approval last night of the amended goat ordinance.  However, now, after having written the above, I glanced over at No Goats No Glory and learned there must be a second vote on May 27 to finalize the 1st vote.  Not sure I understand.  Actually, I’m sure I don’t understand.  Hmmm.  Will learn more and let you know.

 

 

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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8 Responses to The Goats Won! Part 2

  1. Ginny says:

    Just found out about this recently at a homestead fair and am so excited for the people that will be able to enjoy milking their new goats. They are also fun, lovable pets! We run a small herd of Nigerian Dwarf goats and I lead some students in the 4-H dairy goat project in Black Forest. Happy to spread the goat love and enjoy your blog and your ENERGY!

    Ginny

  2. sharon chapple says:

    Fantastic we are all behind you in Australia as well. Go forth and multiply and milk and make cheese and let us all get back to nature just as God had intened it to be when Adam and Eve were around .well done congratulations once again from Sydney Australia 🐃🐓😃🌇🏫🏡🎄Amore Cheese

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  3. Thanks for the update!! Have been involved with Nubians for almost 25 yrs…aren’t goat wonderful creatures??

    Enjoy your blog-and your enthusiasm ! Look forward to your posts,no matter what the topic!!

    Date: Thu, 15 May 2014 03:03:10 +0000 To: windspiritranch@live.com

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