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.

 

 

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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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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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