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.
I’m glad I ran across you while doing a web search. I wish I saw this last week. I just returned home to southern NM after visiting my parents who live in Divide! My kids and I have a small farm and do a lot of the things you do from the looks of it. It’s exciting to meet like minded people. Can’t wait to here more from you and hopefully meet you too. We hope to start doing more classes soon too!
Hi Lindsey! My name is Bill Miller. I have a pizza business in Colorado Springs called ZA. (short for pizZA). One of the pizzas on our menu includes goat cheese. We would like to find a local source for goat cheese. Can you provide? Or, can you point a finger in the right direction to someone who sells goat cheese locally?
Hi Bill! I wish I could provide you with the cheese, but we aren’t a creamery…yet. Hopefully sometime in the future. I would recommend Jumping Good Dairy or Haystack. I’ve had your pizza…it’s great!! Lindsey
Lindsey, my son and his new wife, who is full-blood Italian, just arrived here in Colorado Springs from Naples, Italy. My sweet daughter-in-law, Tilde, is interested in taking your class to learn to make Mozzarella. We are wondering if the milk comes from the goats, or buffalo? Tilde is used to very fresh foods, including the eggs. So, we are interested in where you get your chickens. We, too, might set up a chicken coop. We think we will contact you soon, and set up a time to take your class. Sounds exciting!
Hi Beth! I make mozzarella from our goat milk. We get our chickens as babies, from a variety of different places…there is no turning back from fresh eggs once you start raising your own chickens!! I look forward to hearing from you!! Lindsey
Just signed up for regular blogs to my e-mail. Finally. 🙂
I forgot to mention that I too have had many a “contemplating” session while trapped in the barn while milking! Between the mega rains, huge hail, and my fear of being without cover at a high altitude when it’s lightning, I’ve learned to sit patiently until it’s over. It’s a good time to trim feet BTW!
Good idea about their feet!
Does this mean you didn’t get my other post?
Dianne, I received the post about you being stuck in the barn on occasion, but no other post. I’m sorry! Please post it again! I’m smoothing out some of the gliches! BTW, we do have our next cheese making class this Tuesday and still have some openings!
Hello Lindsey! Saw your class on craigslist and was intrigued as I too milk and make cheese. I have 3 grandsons who have helped me with that endeavor. The youngest just turned one and has only had goats milk except for his short lived breast feeding time. I was not raised in the country and had to learn a lot the fast and hard way! I moved into the country to have a “bigger” garden. HA! I love to garden but somehow haven’t managed to beat the hail we have here. I also raise chickens, turkeys, geese, and guineas. I would love to meet you sometime, but after reading your blog it sounds like your days go like mine! Someday when things are quieter (?) we’ll have to meet and talk cheese and compare notes. Keep up the great work!
Aaaahhh!!!! Just got your first post Dianne! It was in the spam folder… 🙂 Sounds like your farm is fun and a lot of work! Keep up the good work with the grandsons! I bet they love going to grandma’s! -Lindsey
Hi Lindsey! My name is Jessica and I have a little ‘hidden’ urban farm on the Westside of Colorado Springs 🙂 We have 2 Nigerian Dwarf goats, a heap of chickens, a bunch of bunnies, 2 Pekin Ducks, 3 Chihuahuas, a Pot Bellied Pig, a cat and a tortoise that roam about. Well, the tortoise not so much…but he would if he could. I am interested in trying to get the city ordinances changed to allow for more food producing animals in the city. I was wondering if you had a zoning variance, or an extremely large lot? Also, it is just nice to see what other urban farm girls are doing 🙂 If you have time please shoot me an email. I would love to take your class and see your farm 🙂
I’m new to this blog business…I responded to you about a week ago, but it appears it didn’t work! Here goes attempt #2:
It is great to hear from you! We have another class coming up this Tuesday at 8:15 – 12:30. I’m glad to know there’s another “farmer” on this side of town!
I’d LOVE to attend your $75 goat-cheese-making workshop ( as advertised on craigslist) but now is Not a good time for me – I’m moving)
Please keep my email & let me know when the next session is…I love goats ( parents had Tennessee stiff-legged goats in Texas) and I’ve been trying to figure out how to “farm” in an urban setting…always figured it would be easier to do on the West side of town!)
Thanks Linda! I’ll keep your email and let you know when our next class is! Lindsey