Join us for a one of a kind experience…The Goat Cheese Making Class at our 5 acre farm in Penrose, Colorado (45 minutes south of Colorado Springs). We’ve taught over 1200 people to milk goats and make cheese!
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Wonder what it’s about? Well, grab a cup of coffee and settle in. I’ll tell you:
Your class includes more than just making goat cheese…When you arrive at our farm, you’ll relax in your car until I come out and wave at you, that’s your cue to come in! We’ll take a few minutes to enjoy a cup of coffee or tea around the table and get to know each other, then together we’ll make honey whole wheat bread from scratch.
While it’s rising, we’ll head outside to take a farm tour to meet all of the animals, collect eggs from the chickens, and we’ll teach you to milk the goats! (Even though you came here to learn to make goat cheese, milking the goats seems to be everyone’s favorite part!) Milking is an art, don’t worry, we won’t be too hard on you for squirting a few drips outside the pot, and if you squirt me, that’s extra credit.
After spending about an hour outside, we’ll take the milk inside and strain it while discussing the benefits of raw goat milk and the rationale behind pasteurization. You’ll even have the opportunity to taste it! Remember our rising bread dough? Now, we need to take a quick break to form it into loaves to let it rise one more time before baking.
And, finally, we’ll start to make cheese. First, we’ll make a simple, soft herbed goat cheese. It’s the best place to start when you’re new to cheesemaking. After your astounding success with your goat cheese, we’ll move onto something more difficult…goat milk mozarella. About mid-way through making the mozarella, we’ll start baking the bread and ooooohhh, does it start to smell good!
After a full morning, and with our stomachs yearning for a bite fresh bread, we’ll scramble the farm fresh eggs we collected in the morning, slice the just baked and still warm bread, open up a jar of our favorite preserves, toss together a salad of organic greens with our farmstead feta and homemade dressing and to top it all off, we’ll indulge in our famous White Milkshakes for dessert – formerly reserved just for kids, but added to the menu when enough adults begged!
As you’re wrapping up your meal, I’ll package up the remaining morsels of cheeses you made (that didn’t get eaten) so you can take them home. And finally, just before leaving, you’ll choose the (all made on our farm) 4 oz bottle of Goat Milk Lotion, bar of Goat Milk Soap and tube of Goat Milk Lip Balm that you want to take home with you!
All the recipes for everything we make are included with the class…even for the White Milkshake recipe! You just have to get the goat!
*All classes are held at our farm in Penrose, Colorado (45 minutes south of Colorado Springs).
To Schedule A Class, Call 719-651-9819
Click Here For The Schedule of All Classes
The Goat Cheese Making Class, 8:15 to 1:15ish, $100 per person, limited to 4 people per class. (If a family , friend or work group is larger than 4 people, we may be able to increase the size of the group, just ask!)
Would you like to make your own cheese?
This class is exceptionally good for:
– people who want a “homesteading” type of experience
– chefs who want to learn to use fresh milk to make cheese for their restaurants
– families who want a “Hands On” learning experience that shows the kids where their food comes from and how it gets to the table!
– home school outings
– out of the ordinary staff meetings
– brownie, girl scout or boy scout badge work field trips
– book group activities as a culmination to reading “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” or similar books
– CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) field trips and learning experiences
– people who want to experience how to Live, Shop and Eat Locally.
The class schedule is as follows:
8:15am: Arrive, Coffee, Introductions.
8:30-9:15: Grind wheat berries and make fresh, honey whole wheat bread.
9:15-10:15: Take a farm tour and learn to milk the goats. Students will actually milk the goats! Spend time with the animals and collect eggs from the chickens.
10:15 am-12:30 pm: Filter milk, sample raw milk, make soft herbed goat cheese and mozarella. Prepare brunch.
12:30-1:00 pm: Brunch. (Most things we’ll eat are from our farm or farms nearby!).
1:00-1:15 : Package and distribute cheeses, choose your 4 oz bottle of Goat Milk Lotion, bar of Goat Milk Soap and tube of Goat Milk Lip Balm.
1:15ish : Depart.
Cost for the class is $100 per person. All classes are from 8:15am to 1:15ish pm. Call Lindsey at 719-651-9819 to sign up!
Each class is limited to 4 people,but pecial group rates and customized group schedules are also available. Please inquire.
Check Out The Graduates!!!
And, see more graduates here!
*the following pictures were taken at our old farm…come check us out at our new farm in Penrose, Colorado!
Ryan and Stevie graduated from the Just Cheese Making Class on November 30, 2011. They attempted making mozzarella at home over the summer, but it never worked! They decided to take the class to learn how to make it successfully. And, they did! They made beautiful mozzarella! (and soft goat cheese and ricotta!)
[I liked] “The clear explanation of what to do and what to expect through each process.” – Ryan
“Loved, Loved, Loved this class! I would recommend this class for anyone who wants fresh and tasty cheese at home!” – Stevie
Tricia, Linda and Tricia’s two daughters graduated from The Goat Cheese Making Class on November 18, 2011! Tricia had goat milk share at a goat dairy and wanted to learn more ways to use the milk. Linda won the class at the Homestead Fair at Good Earth Garden Center in October. And, that’s me on the right.
“The class was so fun and educational!” – Tricia
“I liked making lunch.” – Tricia’s five-year-old daughter
“I love the idea of being able to get back closer to nature. Attending The Goat Cheese Making Class gave me the opportunity to glimpse how Lindsey and her family are actually doing it in a big city. Makes me want to someday do it myself.” – Linda
Karen, (my) Aunt Audrey, Dolores and Judith graduated from The Goat Cheese Making Class on November 13, 2011! Karen is in town from California visiting Aunt Audrey…and they thought the class would be something fun to do! Dolores is interested in goats, but thinks she’ll start with chickens on her “postage stamp” lot. Judith drove down from the Denver area for the class….she already keeps bees and has farming experience….she plans on getting goats sometime in her future!
“Great cheese and fun to make!” – Dolores
“You’ll have fun – learn lots- and eat great cheese you helped make!” – Audrey
“This is a great class. Lindsey is very knowledgeable about making cheese and I learned well by the hands-on nature of her class. The cheese is delicious!” – Judith
“Amazing morning filled with ALL new experiences and easy learning.” – Karen
Christopher and Renee brought two of their kids down from their hometown in Northern Colorado to attend and graduate from The Goat Cheese Making Class on November 12, 2011! They can’t wait to escape suburbia and homestead with goats and chickens on some acreage. This class made them want to move SOONER! rather than later.
“The instructor is wonderful and easy to understand, and I learned so much, too!” – Daughter
“I liked milking the goats in the barn.” – Son
“If you are interested in goats or just in making cheese, this is a great class to put you back in touch with where food really comes from.” – Christopher
“Lindsey was wonderful about answering all of our questions and tailoring the class to our interests, including more of the daily care of goats and chickens.” – Renee
Keith, Marnie and their children drove down from Idaho Springs, Colorado, to take The Goat Cheese Making Class on November 6, 2011. They graduated with flying colors! They already have chickens, but are seriously contemplating getting goats. Learning how to make cheese and learning about the goats may just convince them that they should do it!
“This class is perfect! Lindsey is knowledgeable, personable and great with the entire family. Her patience with the children was a lesson in itself.” – Keith
“I was scared to milk the goats at first, then I wanted to do everything!!” – 6-year-old
“What I loved about this class was milking the goats!” – 11-year-old
“I liked milking the goats.” – 13-year-old
“Great introduction for anyone interested in goats and the making of cheese. Lindsey was wonderful with our children and made it fun for them as well. ” – Marnie
Emilie, Mandy, Jajean and Allison graduated from The Goat Cheese Making Class on November 5, 2011! Emilie was born and raised in France and LOVES goat cheese. Mandy and Jajean are sisters-in-law, and this is Jajean’s second time in the class. Allison (and her husband) work together to raise and sell organic cucumbers with Jajean (and her husband) for direct sale to Whole Foods!
“Now that I have taken the class twice, I would like to try a different class.” – Jajean
“I am not a milk or cheese fan, but I stepped out of my box today and tried it and loved all of it. Thanks for my new look at what goes into cheese.” – Allison
“Lindsey is my favorite cheese making teacher! Yay for The Goat Cheese Lady!” – Emilie
“Lindsey is a great teacher! I can’t believe how easy it is to make cheese. Wonderful class!!” – Mandy
Michelle, Pamela, Jackie and Judy all graduated from The Goat Cheese Making Class on October 22, 2011!
“The class was so informative, I will be making my own cheese from now on!” – Pamela
“Girls, Goats, Good Times!” – Michelle
“Girls, Goats and a Good Time!” – Jackie
“Cheese – It’s what’s for breakfast! Girls, Goats, Good times!” – Judy
Kumsuk, Sharon and Dennice graduated from The Goat Cheese Making Class on October 21, 2011! They are a trio of friends who likes to get out and do different things!
“It’s a good chance to know how to make cheeses. It was not complicated and very useful, fresh and delicious. Lindsey explains recipes very easily and is a good instructor.” – Kumsuk
“Great experience.” – Dennice
“Back to Nature. Beautiful country setting in the city limits.” – Sharon
Jody, Ryan, Karen and Eileen graduated from The Hard Cheese Making Class on October 1, 2011! They made a round of hard white goat cheese, cottage cheese and yogurt…all from the goats we milked in the morning…and some extra milk from milking the day before. Jody is thinking about starting her own cheese making operation, Ryan is moving with his family to Pennsylvania and plans on getting goats. Karen has become a cheese making enthusiast using her raw cow’s milk from a local farmer who sells cow shares, and Eileen is an exceptional cook and local foods enthusiast!
“MMMMMMMCheese!!” – Ryan
“Endless possibilities in the preservation of food – milk – can be realized in the creation of hard cheeses. This class is a great beginning to gaining the skills necessary in creating your favorite cheese!” – Jody
“The Hard Cheese Making Class is a perfect sequel to the original cheese class! I look forward to making aged cheeses to enjoy and share.” – Eileen
“Even more fun to take the Hard Cheese Making Class! So many tips and ideas on how to use raw milk to make many related cheeses- like cottage cheese, farmer’s cheese and ricotta.” – Karen
Adelaide, Rebecca, Bernadette and Aaron graduated from The Goat Cheese Making Class on October 15, 2011! Adelaide is in town visiting her daughter, Rebecca brought her mother-in-law, Bernadette, for her a birthday gift. Aaron wants to buy land and raise goats, so he’s learning all the ropes.
“I enjoyed all the info regarding the chickens and goats” – Bernadette
“Awesome. Good info.” – Aaron
“Really loved the spicy cheese and caramel! – Rebecca
“You are a fantastic teacher! You got everyone involved in all the steps!” – Adelaide
Alma and Ryan graduated from The Goat Cheese Making Class on October 8, 2011! They braved snowy conditions and icy roads to drive two hours from Ryan’s mountain town to get to class. Alma was here visiting Ryan and his family from Pennsylvania and Ryan is prepping for his family’s move back home to Pennsylvania…where he hopes to get goats! Ryan also gave my very sour homemade plum butter a proper name…Power Plum Sauce. It’s only for the brave.
“I liked the variety of cheeses – the ricotta was outstanding!” – Ryan
“I love it!” – Alma
Jon and Patsy graduated from The Goat Cheese Making Class on October 2, 2011!
“A great fun and learning experience!” – Jon
“Some of the most fun you will have!” – Patsy
Anita, Karen, Sarah, Krystal, Linda and Jeff graduated on September 25, 2011 from the special Local Food Week Goat Cheese Making Class!
“Amazing to find a self-sufficient and serf-sustaining farm within the city limits of Colorado Springs! You are sharing so much wisdom and creating experiences in our community. Thanks so much!” – Karen
“I liked absolutely everything about today’s class!” – Linda
“Awesome Experience!” – Sarah
“You’re never too old to learn something new and exciting and meet new people. Take a chance and I hope you have as much fun as I did.” – Anita
“It was a great learning experience and very fun!” – Krystal
“A great way to learn about making your own foods and a great experience!” – Jeff
Wendy, Marie, Nancy, Kathy, JoLee and Kathy graduated on September 24, 2011, from the special Local Food Week Goat Cheese Making Class!
“Great to experience the process of cheese-making from the beginning to the end. Much better than reading a book.” – Nancy (Master Food Preserver)
“I highly recommend this class. Lindsey, The Goat Cheese Lady, is knowledgeable, patient and fun. You will have an authentic farm to table experience complete with gorgeous Pike’s Peak Views.” – Wendy
“Fun, informal class with delicious results! I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys preparing their own food. Very practical style.” – Marie
“An amazing teacher, so well organized. The class experience of making cheese after milking the goats was a lot of fun. I am really impressed with the time and energy Lindsey put into this.” – Catherine
Julie, Laura, Linda, Natalka, Sue and Susan are the first graduates of the special Local Food Week Goat Cheese Making Class on September 19, 2011! Julie is a working mom who has a passion for local foods, Laura dreams of having a farm combining animals and biotech, Linda got the class as a birthday present from Natalka and Susan. Natalka and Susan’s husbands bought them gift certificates last Christmas for the class and Sue learned about the class on Facebook!
“Knowing where your food comes from is so important and this is a great place to start.” – Sue
“From udder to table, a woderful hands on experience. If you like goat cheese you will love this class! – Natalka
“The 1st egg I’ve eaten in 52 years. I gained a whole new appreciation for cheese.” – Susan
“What a spectacular environment to experience making your own “FOOD.” Every part of the process was so enjoyable and informatieve. Highly recommend attending one of these classes.” – Julie
Marieke, Jan, Emke and Mary graduated from The Goat Cheese Making Class on September 18, 2011. Marieke set it all up for her mother and 2 friends…they drove down from the Boulder area the night before, stayed at the El Colorado Lodge, and came to the class in the morning! Marieke is a geologist and originally from Holland, her mother, Emke, is visiting from Holland for 2 weeks. OUR FIRST INTERNATIONAL STUDENT!!! Jan is retired from the Mining Museum and Mary is an architect who has been “searching for years!” for a cheese making class!
“Fantastic class!” – Marieke
“An experience that cannot be matched!” – Emke
“Class is very informative, but has such a warm, friendly atmosphere. Great combination of meeting and learning about hte farm animals (outside) and making cheese int he real home kitchen. Nothing “industrial” about the whole experience!” – Jan
“Most fun I’ve had on a Saturday morning for a long time. I’ve wanted to take a cheesemaking clas sfor years and this intro class was as good as I’d hoped.” – Mary
Carole, Kathey, Jody and Jeremy graduated from The Goat Cheese Making Class on September 11, 2011. Carol heard about the class from a friend (Melanie) who came to the class over the summer! Kathey and Carole drove from 2 hours away to get here! Jody has raised her own Nigerian Dwarfs and other goats for over 15 years, but wanted to improve her cheesemaking skills. Jeremy owns an Auto Body Shop in town and wanted to get back to his farming roots.
“Great fun, different and enjoyable way to spend a morning and best of all simple and practical skill to take home. Lindsey is delightful and so generous about sharing all she know about cheese making.” – Carole
“Learning to make cheese is a great step in being independant in feeding our families and gives us awareness to the collaborative importance of dairy animals in our lives.” – Jody
“This cheese making class has helped me slow down; to remember hand made foods take time and are joyful to create!” – Cathey
“A great farmlike experience. Getting to see and be a part of the whole cheese making process is awesome.” – Jeremy
Dawn, Christina, Wendy and Keith graduated from The Goat Cheese Making Class on September 3, 2011! Christina is here from Florida visiting her friend Dawn. Wendy and Keith decided to celebrate Wendy’s birthday here!
“Great birthday experience. The cheese was incredibly tasty and the process of making was very fun. I thoroughly enjoyed myself. Thanks for being such a great hostess!” – Wendy
“Do something diffirent in your predictable life. Take a chance, you might like it.” -Keith
“A wealth of information about goat cheese as well as living somewhat “off the grid.” I loved the family en masse!! (goats, chickens, rabbits, dogs and folks!) – Christina
“A welcoming place where I learned so much in just a few hours!” – Dawn
Marcia and Sharon graduated from The Goat Cheese Making Class on August 20, 2011. They are friends through their knitting group. Marcia used to never like goat cheese, and Sharon tried unsuccessfully to make mozarella at home. Marcia loved today’s goat cheese and they both made great mozarella!!!!!
“Loved every minute!” – Sharon
“This whole morning was so much fun. What is my favorite? —-everything…milking goats , gathering eggs, making the cheese and then a wonderful brunch!” – Marcia
Audrey, Mark and Linda graduated from The Goat Cheese Class AND The Soap and Lotion class on August 19, 2011. Linda and Audrey are sisters, Mark is Linda’s husband. They all took the whole day off work to spend the day here on our farm.
“I really enjoy making things and eating what I made was certainly a bonus. Thank you Goat Cheese Lady!” – Mark
“This is a great class to take to learn and appreciate cheese even more.” – Linda
“Had a great time! Would highly recommend both these classes. I especially liked milking the goats. Am anxious to go home and try on my own!” – Audrey
Andy, Stacy, their two boys, Andy’s sister, and friends Ron and his daughter Sarah, graduated from a shorter version of the Goat Cheese Class on August 14, 2011. Andy and his family are on vacation here from California!
“Hi, I am Sarah. I recommend this class because you can milk a goat! Hold bunnies! Get eggs!” – Sarah
“Fun and educational. Lindsey is a great teacher and Herbert is so funny. We feel like we’ve made good freinds.”
“I really enjoyed the class. Mrs. Lindsey and Mr. Herbert were great teachers and I learned a whole lot about goats and how to make amazingly good cheese. I’m even starting to like goat milk! I would definitely come to this class again and not only to get yummy cheese! – Ryan
“Make some great cheese and have fun. Learn about livestock and natural food”. – Ron
“The experience was like a Sunday family gathering – coming together with friends who graciously invite you into their home and share knowledge and an unforgettable experience. Absolutely one of the most wonderful and enjoyable few hours we have spent here in Colorado.” – Stacy
“Everything was great.” – Thomas
Amy, Mira, Vicky (not pictured) and Vickie (not pictured) graduated from The Goat Cheese Class on August 6, 2011! Amy is currently ranked 9th in the world! in shooting rifle and she an Mira have been friends since they were 9. Mira was here on vacation from California.
“I can’t think of a better way to spend a morning than learning about cheese making with Lindsey. A beautiful garden, friendly goats, wonderful people, and delicious food! – Mira
“This class was so much fun. I learned a lot and enjoyed every minute. It lived up to every expectation! – Vicky
“Fantastic Fun!” – Vickie
“It’s truly and amazing experience to fully participate in the preparation of your meal. I love being able to understand the entire process from beginning to end.” – Amy
Tonya and Rene, sisters, graduated from The Goat Cheese Making Class on August 4, 2011! Rene was in town for a week from California and they came to make cheese!
“Loved how Lindsey tood us step by step through this process with great explanations.” – Tonya
“I was surprised how simple it is to make soft cheese. It was wonderful to have the whole experience from beginning to end!” – Rene
Sheila (in orange) and her friend Cheryl, and Cheryl’s grandkids graduated from The Goat Cheese Making Class on July 31, 2011! Sheila is the superintendant of Fountain Ft. Carson School District in Colorado Springs and Cheryl is semi-retired, but was the director of Special Education in the district for years!
“I know I will like learning how to make cheese and experimentation with different kinds. I probably will not be milking a goat again, but it was fun.” – Cheryl
“Great fun!” – Sheila
“It was fun!” – Genna (age 7)
“Milking the goats and finding eggs was fun and I’ve never made cheese before, much less good cheese! Everything was just the right pace.” – Libby
Michele graduated from The Goat Cheese Making Class on July 30, 2011! Remember her? She’s the one with the cool job? We had a ball at the class!
What did you like most about today’s class? “I have to choose? The total experience was great. My favorite thing was starting with raw milk and turning it into so many different, delicious items!” – Michele
Joyce, Melanie and Haley graduated fromThe Goat Cheese Class on July 23, 2011. Joyce and Melanie are sisters, Melanie drove down from Denver for the class! Haley got a gift certificate for Christmas from her mother-in-law.
“I feel that this class was one of the most unique and FUN experiences I have had! It is amazing how many different uses goat’s milk has!” – Haley
“This was absolutely wonderful – the farm, the animals, the people and the cheese! Completely exceeded my expectations! Thank you Lindsey for making us feel like family! – Joyce
“It’s amazing that a few gallons of goat’s milk can become so manyu different flavors and textures. Yum!” – Melanie
Jeannette, Chella, Terry, and Kathy graduated from The Goat Cheese Making Class on July 17, 2011. They all worked together for years…decades, even!…until Chella and Terry retired. Kathy and Jeannette are still working away. They all, except Chella, attended the Chevre Making Class that I taught in June at Harlan Wolfe Ranch.
“The best experience of living on an urban farm. Wonderful way to spend the morning, milking goats and making a nd eating cheese. What a wonderful time! – Chella
“What a way to get back to the natural basics. Got Goats???” – Terry
“This is a great way to touch going back to the basics. Get out of grocery stores and take this class! This is learning we can all use. Fabulous. Lots of baby animals, beautiful garden, views!!! – Kathy
“Life skills…Everyone should know how to milk a goat!” – Jeannette
Katie, Geena, Linda and Kirk graduated from The Goat Cheese Making Class on July 16, 2011. Geena and Katie are friends who first took the one hour Chevre making class at Harlan Wolfe Ranch. Kirk and Linda are married, and according to Kirk, Linda lives in the city but is really a frustrated farmer. She wants goats!!!
“Taking the class with The Goat Cheese Lady was so much fun! A little bit of God’s Pure Joy! Thank you so much!” – Geena
A great way tot spend a morning. I learned new skills to use in my own kitchen and enjoyed a great brunch! – Linda
“Ya Gotta Do It!!!” – Kirk
“Lindsey is so outgoing and willing to share her knowledge! It was fun to make all the different cheeses.” – Katie
Nancy, Cris and Elaine, all friends through the middle school where Elaine works, graduated from The Goat Cheese Making Class on July 9, 2011. And, rather rudely, when they arrived, I looked straight at Nancy and Cris’s feet and said “I LOVE YOUR BOOTS!” instead of politely saying, “Hi, it’s nice to meet you!” But, I guess it worked…Nancy left her boots for me to keep! Thanks, Nancy! I love them!
“I feel so excited about adding the things I’ve learned today to my repertoire of “from scratch” foods. This morning at the farm has been a glimpse into a totally functional, self-sufficient lifestyle. So pleased to have been a part of this!” – Elaine
“From barn to table in three hours, a true miracle! I have been inspired to teither make do or do without. This is sustainable living at its best!” – Nancy
“Everything was above any expectations I could have imagined. Let’s get back to sustainable living, learn where our food comes from.” – Cris
My dear friend, Angelita, and her best friend from high school, Eileen, graduated from The Goat Cheese Class on July 5, 2011. Eileen flew in from New Jersey just for the class. No, just kidding…she flew in to see Angelita and Angelita gave Eileen the class for her birthday!
“A model for sustainability and creative resourcefulness – all of us should know where our food comes from and the process to the table and our bodies.” – Angelita
“I appreciated the thoroughness of instruction about the cheese making process. We didn’t just mimic Lindsey’s demonstration, we understood the what and why. Cheese making is not scary!” – Eileen
Ruth, Linda and Elise graduated from The Goat Cheese Class on June 26, 2011! Elise is the head chef for Panzano’s restaurant in Denver!
“I never realized how simple and fast milking to cheese could be. I thought it would be “over my head.” Instead it is a calming, beautiful and natural process with amazing results!” – Ruth
“An amazing way to learn about goats especially if you know nothing. Very relaxed teaching – no intimidation. We went from not ever touching a goat to actually getting milk from them. Lindsey is very knowledgeable from the yard to the kitchen.” – Linda
Pat, Dana and Lisa graduated from The Goat Cheese Making Class on June 25, 2011. They are friends who worked together for years at the same company before they all got laid off. Now, they do “fieldtrips” together!
“This was a great experience! Learned new things and had fun, too! Thanks!” – Pat
“This class gave me a new appreciation for the food I eat and the quality I prefer. There is no more LOCAL food than goat milk from 80 feet away! (…that I helped milk!) – Lisa
“This wa the most amazing educational and FUN experience EVER! (Would do it every day!) – Dana
Mary and Jane graduated from The Just Cheese Making Class on June 13, 2011. They have known each other since Jane was Mary’s student in high school. They are both very interested in the chemistry of making cheese.
“This is a great class and I hope to continue making my own cheese.” – Mary
“The mozzarella is divine.” – Jane
Cassandra, Austin, and Eileen graduated from The Goat Cheese Making Class on June 12, 2011. Cassandra and Austin, both Yoga Instructors, gave it to each other for birthday gifts.
“Good, natural, delicious food from animals who are happy, well kept and loved is a real treat!” – Austin
“Learning from Lindsey is an amazing experience. Through the class you feel empowered to make a difference by being close to your food source and feeling more connected to nature.” – Cassandra
“I especially enjoyed meeting the goats and learning to milk them. Lindsey is so fun and relaxed in the kitchen, giving us instructions but letting her students get their hands in the cheese making.” – Eileen
Samantha, Licia, Andrea, and Libby graduated from The Goat Cheese Making Class on June 5, 2011. Licia’s mom gave her a gift certificate to the class for Christmas!
“I had an amazingly interesting day and it was worth every penny. Lindsey and her goats were fun to spend the day with and I might even come back just to say hi! I highly recommend it.” – Licia
“Why wouldn’t you take this class!!?? It was so fun – and I learned so much! Who knew that I could make the best tasting mozzarella ever!? – Andrea
“All of it was great! I loved milking the goats, but learning how to and getting to make and eat all of the cheese was great too! ” – Libby
“It’s so satisfying to make your own cheese, I can’t wait to try this at home!” – Samantha
LeAnne, Paul, and Harriett graduated from The Goat Cheese Making Class on June 4, 2011.
“I wanted to honor the memory of my grandfather. He raised goats and sold milk and cheese. I wanted to experience that for myself.” – Paul
“It feels so right!” – LeAnn
Lisa graduated from The Goat Cheese Making Class on June 3, 2011.
“This class was a great hands on experience. I loved being able to do everything from milking to straining, stirring, etc. It made the final product that much more meaningful and delicious! Thanks for a great class!” – Lisa
Robert, Ruth, Aaron, Sean and Mary graduated from The Goat Cheese Making Class on May 29, 2011. Robert’s mother in Oklahoma gave his family a gift certificate to the class for Christmas. Robert and Ruth’s third son could not come…so Aunt Mary got to take his place!
It is just amazing! I didn’t have any idea that it would turn out so well! This class was very educational, fun, entertaining, and amazing. If you could take this class, I think you would be crazy not to. – Aaron
“Very comfortable – home like atmosphere.” – Mary
“Thank you for a wonderful morning! Lindsey is so patient and knowledgeable and ean excellent teacher. Definately would recommend the class for anyone interested in making their own cheese.” – Ruth
“Delish. Period.” – Sean
“What fun learning how to be more self sufficient – a skill not taught any longer.” – Robert
Bonnie and her daughter, Molly, graduated from The Goat Cheese Making Class on May 28, 2011.
“It’s always fun to try something new! Especially when it’s with someone you love!” – Bonnie
“The class was a great foundation for keeping goats and using their products. Lindsey was very sweet and knowledgeable. Super fun and breakfast was great!! – Molly
Ellen graduated from the Just Cheese Making Class on May 22, 2011. Her 4 kids bought her a gift certificate for Mother’s Day!!
“I am delighted to find that cheese making is so do-able and that the cheeses are absolutely delicious! – Ellen
Vanessa, Wyatt, Owen, Laurel and Karen graduated from The Goat Cheese Making Class on May 22, 2011. Vanessa’s kids got a gift certificate for Christmas for the class, they loved milking the goats! Karen was thrilled to get into the last available spot for the day, because she’s thinking she might want to be a farmer in her 3rd career!
“It is a great experience with the farm animals. It was wonderful to see the process of cheese from the very beginning.” -Vanessa
“Thank you for the great, hands on, homemade, fresh experience!” -Karen
Susan thought her family should take the Goat Cheese Making Class because it sounded interesting! Her mother, Josephine, was in town for her Travis’s high school graduation, so Josephine came to the class too, along with Darren (Susan’s husband) and son, soon-to-be-junior-in-high-school, Kyle. They graduated on May 15, 2011.
“Can’t wait to start making my own cheese. I want to take the chicken class too!” –Susan
“I didn’t know what to expect but this Sunday truned out to be one of the best. Awesome animals, good people, and delicious food made today. Amazing…Is the oven supposed to have a fire in it?” – Travis
“This is probably the best class I’ve ever taken. I’ll be using these skills for the rest of my life.” -Kyle
“It is so satisfying to relish eating the things we made.” -Josephine.
“Amazing to see the path from goat milk to something delicious on the table in a very short time.” -Darren
Donna, Tim, Bill and Josie are all passionate employees of The Mercy Center. Many of their program participants are from other countries and are accustomed to eating goat cheese, so Father Bill, Tim, Donna and Josie decided they ought to learn to make it!
“Lindsey was a great teacher/instructor. She knew the art and science of cheese making and made learning an exciting experience.” – Bill
“Great down to earth and living with nature and living off the land.” – Tim
“Fun and informative.” – Josie
Jason, Lisa and Ashley graduated from The Goat Cheese Class on May 7, 2011. Jason (and Lisa) looked exceptional in their flowered aprons. Ashley, my City Girl Sister, stepped out of the city and onto the farm for the experience!
“I loved it! It’s so much more than just “cheese”! – Lisa
“This class is really informative – no question goes unanswered.” – Jason
“Very fun…even for a city girl!!” – Ashley
Jennifer and Karen graduated from The Goat Cheese Making Class on May 30, 2011. Karen is very interested in natural healing and Jennifer in raising her young kids in the healthiest way possible.
Ryan, Laura, Sue and Blake graduated from the Goat Cheese Making Class on April 23, 2011! Blake and Sue got the class as a gift from Blake’s parents…and loved it. Blake was raised on goat cheese in Southern Colorado. Laura is a photographer who could envision great goat milking pictures and Ryan loves to cook and experiment, so it was a great morning!!!
“It is and amazing experience to see hte entire process, from milking the goat to making cheese then to eating a great brunch. Extremely educational. A valuable experience.” -Laura
“Self sufficiency is a dying art. This class is amazing to show you how easy making cheese can be! You can do it!!” – Ryan
“The Best Morning Ever…me and the goats!!” -Sue
“A great experience and morning. Old fashion skills and experience, worth every minute.” -Blake
Deborah, Dale, Regina and George graduated from the Goat Cheese Making Class on April 17, 2011. Regina bought a gift certificate for herself at the Peak Dems fundraising auction and invited her husband, George, and their friends Dale and Deborah to come along. I’m pretty sure they didn’t stop laughing the entire time!
Tim and Lisa graduated from the Goat Cheese Making Class on April 10, 2011! Lisa wanted to take the class for her birthday present…and Tim gave it to her!
“Everyone should know where their food comes from. Makes you appreciate the dining experience more.” – Lisa
Michelle, Melanie (who likes striking like Mary Lou Retton) and Allison graduated from the Goat Cheese Making Class on March 27, 2011.
“Cheese is not as hard to make as I thought it would be, it is not that hard. I will start to make mozzarella at home.”
“Mary Lou Retton was here.” – Melanie
“I had a blast!” – Allison
Bonnie, Melanie, Jaime, Todd, Dillon, Karole, Chris, Jenny and Carol ALL!!! graduated from the Goat Cheese Making Class on March 20, 2011. They all work out together at a gym in Colorado Springs, and they were the biggest group yet!
“Fun way to connect with nature and to enjoy excellent food.” – Melanie
“Informative, wonderful class.” – Carol
“Great experience and tons of fun!” – Jenny
“Thank you for accommodating our big group! We had a wonderful time and will be talking about it for weeks!” – Bonnie
“Great environment. Lindsey and her family were incredibly accommodating to us strangers.” – Chris
“I had no idea it was so easy to make cheese and I will totally try this at home. I’m going to bring some girlfriends back – including one who eats only raw dairy products!” – Karole
“Had a great time – finished product was amazing!”
Amanda, Marilyn, Lydia and Wende graduated from the Goat cheese Making Class on March 19, 2011! They are the first class to ever see baby goats born! The kids were born right in the middle of stretching the mozzarella!
“What a great class and so informative and we got the added bonus of seeing 3 kids born! What fun!”
“Very educational. You learn new things from both Lindsey and the other guests.”
“So much fun!”
Dan, Laurie, Carolyn and Bob graduated from the Goat Cheese Making Class on March 6, 2011. They are close friends who love go bird watching…and now milk goats!
“Fun, educational and delicious!”
“The class was delicious! (first time I ever said that about a class!)”
“An all around great experience from goat to kitchen! Lindsey’s a wonderful teacher!”
“Great fun to do as 2 couples!” – Dan
Jake, Ramona and Danielle graduated from the Goat Cheese Making Class on March 5, 2011. Sophie (featured in the Woodman and Cheyenne Editions), Jake’s girlfriend, took the class as a birthday gift from her mom in November. She wanted to “Pay it forward” and gave the class to Jake and his mom, Ramona, for Jake’s birthday! Danielle and her family are moving to their own farm at the end of the month and wanted some goating lessons!!
“I found the class very educational and would highly recommend it to anyone who wants some hands-on experience!”
“I eat a lot of cheese but knew almost nothing about it before the class. I couldn’t imagine a better way to be introduced to milking livestock and making cheese, and the breakfast was great! – Jake
Amy and Brian graduated from the Just Cheese Making Class on March 5, 2011. They are friends who both love to cook…and are the ones that taught me how to make popcorn!
“This is what I love about cooking – doing it with others and learning from each other. Great instruction, wonderful food and insightful company. I give it a 10!”
“Guys can learn to make cheese too!”
Kathleen, Linda, Lucinda and Sybil, all friends who love to knit, graduated from the Goat Cheese Making Class on March 1, 2011, one month after their first class had to be cancelled due to -13 degree weather!
“I never really liked mozzarella before and now I know why. The difference between store-bought and handmade is incredible!”
“Lindsey is very organized and gives a lot of information along with the hands on cheese making.”
“As a non-cook, I was delighted to create something scrumptious to eat on my first try! Lindsey is an amazing teacher.”
“The class was well organized and practical enough to allow one to successfully make cheese at home.”
Carol graduated from the Goat Cheese Making Class on February 28, 2011.
“Quite enjoyable, very informative.”
Jajean, Debi, Laurel and Virginia graduated from the Goat Cheese Making Class on February 23, 2011. They, deep in competition to determine which “team” of cheese makers would win…decided it was a tie. (Everyone except Virginia…)
“I have always wanted to learn how to make goat cheese and own a goat or two. The experience was wonderful, laid back but professional…I will make my own cheese in the future.” -Jajean
“Milking the goats alone was worth the price of admission! The rest of the class was gravy! I learned a ton! Lindsey is organized and explains cheese making very clearly! -Laurel Biedermann
“I Won!!! (just kidding) Seriously…Turn off the cell phone, leave the laptop at home, prepare to enjoy “back to basics”. – Virginia
“This is true experiential learning – from milking the goats, making the cheese and then sitting down together to enjoy eating it.” -Debi
Debby and Pat (daughter and mother) graduated from The Goat Cheese Making Class on February 22, 2011! They are holding their cooler full of cheese! Each gave the other the class for their birthday present…and agreed it was much better than giving (or receiving) a shirt.
“This was my birthday gift! We had a wonderful time, the cheese was delicious and the memories will last longer than any gift!”
“My birthday gift from Debby was great. We have the pictures to prove it. Thanks again, Lindsey!”
Linnea, Claire and Grant graduated from the Goat Cheese Making Class on February 20, 2011. Claire gave the class to Linnea for Christmas and Grant’s wife gave it to him for his birthday!
“You will absolutely love a morning in the life of Lindsey and her family! A delight…with yummy cheese to boot!”
“Thanks to Lindsey and family for making the experience one to remember. Thanks also for answering all our questions and passing your knowledge on to us!!”
“If you love goats and cheese, this is the place for you!!”
Rob, Eli and Jenney graduated from the Just Cheese Making Class on February 19, 2011. Eli grew up with goats, so she didn’t need to learn how to milk. She and Rob just wanted to learn to make cheese. Jenney had tried to make mozzarella at home a couple times and it never turned out! She just really wanted to learn!
“Finally someone could show me how to make the perfect mozzarella. The goat flavor is very mild so even if you aren’t a goat cheese person, it still tastes very good.”
“I enjoyed learning to make cheese, it’s nice to slow down and enjoy an old process.”
“Lindsey is so sweet and easy to talk to. She is a wonderful teacher. This class brings me back to when I was little and life was so simple. She reminded me that making more of my family’s food from scratch would not be too difficult.”
Hannah graduated from the Goat Cheese Making Class on February 19, 2011. She thought she needed something different to do, so she signed up for the class!
“It was a good experience!”
Edie was the bravest soul of all of my students…she graduated from the Goat Cheese Making Class on February 8, 2011…and it was around -3 degrees. Everyone else who was scheduled to come to class that day cancelled! Edie took her cheeses home and made an awesome looking lasagna!
“I learned how simple it could be to produce more of my family’s food.”
Mary, Henrietta, Janet and Rachel graduated from the Goat Cheese Making Class on February 6, 2011. They are a bunch of rugged tennis player friends who you don’t want to meet in a dark alley. No, just kidding…they are a nice group of gals, but just don’t mention the words “cheese balls” to them. Their minds hit the gutter.
“This class was so informative. I also feel ready to buy a goat of my own just after this one class! Linsey makes cheese making so easy and uncomplicated!” -Mary
“Lindsey is very knowledgeable and has a great ability to make the class both fun and educational! Highly recommended.”
“I would recommend this class to everyone. I loved it!” – Janet
Christine, Margaret and Jim graduated from the Goat Cheese Making Class on February 5, 2011. Margaret and Christine are bus drivers and life long friends. Jim’s wife bought him the class for his birthday!!
“By going through the class, you get a real feel for the nuances of the process. The intangables that you don’t get by simply reading and trying to follow a recipe.”
“A great experience!”
“It was like a “Little House On The Prairie” experience!”
Gary, Sally, Diane and David graduated from The Goat Cheese Making Class on January 29, 2011. They love to go bird watching together, and they thought milking and making cheese would be a fun addition to their experiences together.
“Hands on experience.”
“[I enjoyed seeing] Diane bonding with Nubians.”
“Lindsey is the goat Lady, but also the “Goat Diva! We had a fantastic time – so much fun!!!” -Sally
“What a great morning, great conversation and great food and the weather was perfect. The goats were very well mannered.”
Dave, Kathy, AJ and Tracey all graduated from the Goat Cheese Making Class on January 23, 2011. Dave and Kathy are married, and Dave is a chef who loves to cook. Tracey and AJ are married and raise Alpacas!
“Who would have thought that goat cheese making could be so easy – and that goat cheese is so great tasting! Absolutely a great way to spend Sunday morning!”
“Learned a lot in a fun atmosphere!”
“The class was great…very informative, fun, and entertaining. I would definately recommend it for no other reason than something unique to do on a weekend morning.”
Nate, Sydney and Melissa graduated from the Just Cheese Making Class on January 15, 2011. They made a stellar batch of mozzarella and awesome chevre and ricotta! And, Sydney is only 10! Sydney is Nate’s girlfriend’s daughter and LOVES cheese!
Melissa is a nature lover, showed us AMAZING pictures of 3 bobcats in her backyard, and writes for the Westside Pioneer.
“I enjoyed the welcoming and relaxing atmosphere that Lindsey created. Tasting something made with such care and fresh, good ingredients is one of the better ways to spend an afternoon.” -Nate
“I really liked the bread and the homemade ricotta.” -Sydney
“Easy and fun to make delicious cheeses with Lindsey’s good-natured guidance in her bright kitchen. Final products – yum!” -Melissa
Heather, Joe, Claire and Annie graduated from the Goat Cheese Making Class on January 15, 2011. Heather hopes to have her own farm someday and brought her boyfriend, Joe, along for the experience. Claire and Annie are good friends and self-proclaimed “foodies!” They have already signed up for the Gardening Class…Claire will have her first garden this summer!
“Not only was the class a BLAST, but I learned so much and gained a greater appreciation for the foods we eat and where they come from.”
“What a great way to spend a morning! I learned new skills I will use at home as well as getting to know wonderful people and animals.”
“Why eat cheese made from the milk of someone you’ve never met? What a lovely class!”
“The class was more an experience than anything. From milking the goats to seeing an almost infinite amount of possibilities one can make from goat’s milk…it was very eye opening. I thoroughly enjoyed it!”
Clare, her mom Julie (left middle) and her Aunt Emily (right middle) graduated from the Goat Cheese Making class on January 13, 2011. They allowed me…far right…to sneak into the picture!
The three girls (aren’t their aprons cool??? My good friend, Debi, gave them to me for Christmas to use for the class!) wanted a girls day out on the day before Clare flew back to college in Washington State. So, Clare and Julie drove down from Denver! to meet Aunt Emily for the class.
“This class was so personal – the small size made every step fun and comfortable. We were welcomed into the daily routine and walked away with new knowledge, delicious cheese and a relationship with a truly remarkable family” -Clare
“I felt like a part of the family learning from a sister or cousin. Lindsey has a very easy style and pleasant kitchen and we ended up with a delicious product at the end of the morning. Her husband and son are delightful as well!”
“I fulfilled my long time dream of milking goats and making cheese. Thanks enormously for a truly memorable experience.”
Rick, Kathleen and Terry all graduated on January 8, 2011. Rick and Kathleen’s daughter bought them a gift certificate for Christmas and signed them up for class without them knowing. They were my biggest skeptics yet…and my most successful conversions! They came to class thinking it was a joke that their daughter had played on them and left having fully enjoyed the experience!
Terry’s family gave her a gift certificate for Christmas too…and she had asked for it! Contrary to Rick and Kathleen, Terry knew what she was getting into and loved it!
“The “goat lady’s” children are the spice of the goat cheese making experience!” -Rick
“Lindsey is great at making everyone comfortable – fans and skeptics alike! What a great experience.”
“Much more fun and interesting that I expected. Learned things that I can use in my own home cooking.”
Annie, Sean and their boys graduated from the Goat Cheese Making Class on January 3, 2011!
Annie watched Food, Inc. 2 years ago and her family says their lives (and food) have not been the same since. She is very conscious about what they eat, and surprised her family with a Goat Cheese Making Class…Annie and her 4 boys (Sean, her husband, included). The boys thought it was a little early to have to get up, but they ended up enjoying it!
“It’s completely a new experience and really educational and exciting bringing food from its natural beginning to the table! Would highly recommend this class! – Annie
“It’s awesome and super fun. A great family experience. The food was fantastic.”
“If people like you take this class, you will find cool and fun experiences that can be cherished for a lifetime” -Samuel
“It was so fun and you are completely involved and you didn’t sit out. Also, the meal was great!”
Ali and Art with 4 of their 5 kids, Meghan, Bethany, Tom and Hannah graduated from the Goat Cheese Making Class on January 2, 2011…The First Class of The New Year!!!
Ali and Art intended to surprise Bethany for her 21st birthday…and…she kept it under wraps until the day before!
“The class was very direct in the directions. I feel I could give this information to others.”
“I would recommend anyone visiting Colorado Springs and looking for something to do that is wholesome and healthy to consider doing this class. It’s fun and instructive, good for kids and adults who like good food and animals. What kid doesn’t like animals?”
“It makes you want to have your own animals (mini farm).”
“Learning to organically and naturally make your own food can be tons of fun!”
“It’s really cool seeing how easy it is to make your own cheese and to live in a farm setting. I recommend this class with great enthusiasm!”
“The most natural and organic fun to be had in Colorado Springs!”
Marilan, Kim, Stacy and Rocky graduated from the Just Cheese Making Class on December 29, 2010.
Marilan and Kim are sisters…they grew up on the 62 1/2 acre farm sold some years back, and Marilan bought back! Marilan raises goats, pigs and cows (maybe some other animals I forgot!) and makes her own goat treats that she may market for sale! She brought me some…the goats LOVE them! Kim is a life long gardener. She works for my favorite gardening store…Good Earth! P.S. Marilan is my new favorite goat person.
Rocky and Stacy are married and are city folk. They just thought it sounded interesting to learn to make cheese! They had a garden this past summer and are looking forward to planting one again!
“Even having owned and done some of my own goat items, this is a wonderful class to learn hands on.”
“If learning about foods and what’s in them concerns you…you should consider learning about cheese and the process involved.”
“It was wonderful and very interesting.”
“An entertaining eye-opener for the city folk!”
Leah, Angela, Judy and Barbara graduated from the Goat Cheese Making Class on December 29, 2010!
Leah is Angela’s niece, Judy and Angela are good friends and fellow acupuncturists (Angela in Colorado Springs, Judy in Tacoma, Washington) and Barbara is Judy’s mom…but doesn’t mind being “Mom” to them all!
“It is the best morning you can have. Goats, cheese, food and friends.”
“This class is great. The whole process is amazing – great for a city girl who knew very little about goats and cheese making. Now I want a goat!”
“Best. Day. Ever.”
“This class was not only fun but illustrated just how easy and “doable” making cheese can be.”
Nan and Marjorie graduated from the Goat Cheese Making Class on December 20, 2010!
They are both avid gardeners and have been friends for years.
“We made cheese from milk we had hand milked from gentle goats.”
“This class was whey! cool.” -Nan
Sheireen, Felicia, Kathy and Gretchen all graduated from the Goat Cheese Class on December 18, 2010!
They all work together and jointly, own over 300 pairs of shoes. Seriously. Felicia even had a shoe castle made while overseas, out of wood and mother of pearl. That girl takes her shoes seriously. But, while giving Felicia a hard time for her shoe fetish, it came out that Kathy and Sheireen each have pairs of shoes numbering in the triple digits. (Sheireen is triple digits minus 8, she wanted to make clear.) Kathy…has 10. ish.
“Lindsey creates a delightful learning environment and makes living naturally seem so comfortable and easy. Very inspiring experience.”
“Fun way to spend the day with friends and Lindsey – our new friend. Beyond yummy!”
“Beware the vulture chicken!” -Felicia
“Not only will you have a wonderful time with goats, but you will learn something while sampling the most delicious cheese you will ever taste! And then you will have Lindsey’s breakfast, and you will offer to milk her goats forever just to have her cooking.” -Katherine
Brenda and Kelly graduated from the Goat Cheese Making Class on December 11, 2010! Brenda’s husband got it for her as her birthday gift. Kelly loves to cook and knows how to do just about everything except cheese…until now! Oso did not take the class, but loves goat’s milk.
“I truly enjoyed being out doors with the goats and the chickens and learning something new! It was a very interesting and enjoyable morning!”
“What a wonderful experience! I think we all could walk away from this class with a greater appreciation for not only knowing where and how our food is made, but the benefits of doing/growing it ourselves!!”
Janet and Barbara graduated from the Just Cheese Making Class on December 11, 2010! They are sisters and also took the Soap and Lotion Making Class. They are a joy to be with and are planning to take the Bread Making Class as well!
“Second class I’ve taken and loved it! Want to take the bread class. To the goats, You Go Girls!”
“You have to take this class!”
Ann, Kristen, Jim and Ben graduated from the Goat Cheese Making Class on December 5, 2010!
Kristin and Jim are married and their son is Ben. They recognized Ann, but weren’t sure from where. Then, in the milk room, while milking a goat, Jim announces he’s a neurosurgeon and Ann throws in that she’s a neurologist. And…they live in the same neighborhood!
(I did my best to not say much due to the presence of some really smart people.)
(Not really. I can’t stop myself from talking.)
Anyway, I did have to ask them to translate most of the neurology jokes that were flying through the room. They included some REALLY big words.
“Interesting, fun and yummy!”
“Definitely worth the price when you consider the time – 4 hours of instruction, the delicious lunch and that you get to take home some delicious cheese!”
“It may be expensive, but it’s worth it for 4 hours and lunch and also the cheese.”
Mary K, Richard, Laura and Matt graduated from the Goat Cheese Making Class on December 4, 2010!
Mary K and Richard live in the Springs and wanted to treat their daughter and son-in-law to something special while they were in town from Washington DC for a quick weekend trip. It was the first time we’ve had a whole family at the class!
“Learn something new, stretch yourself.” -Richard
“If you want to experience a dynamic and interacting way of learning about goat cheese production in an intimate family environment, this is the class! Thank you!”
“A morning with Lindsey will give you a new perspective on food. You will leave feeling as though you too can reclaim control of the food you put on your table.”
“Really fun! Yummy brunch! Lindsey is a very patient instructor.” -Mary K.
Lisa, Darin, Dan and Savannah graduated from the Goat Cheese Making Class on November 28, 2010!
Lisa and her brother, Darin, are on the left. Lisa called Darin and told him what to give her for Christmas and her birthday: The Goat Cheese Making Class. He obliged.
Dan and Savannah are on the right. They are moving to their new 40 acre farm tomorrow and decided they’d better squeeze in a trip to our farm to learn a little hands on goat care and cheese making. They brought their 5-year-old daughter, Navy, with them.
“The Goat Cheese Lady’s class is so fun and interactive. I feel confident now when I have my own goats that I’ll be able to make them productive for our family. Great class, great teacher.”
“I’ve read about making my own cheese but it was really helpful to have Lindsey walk me through the process. I’m looking forward tot trying it again!” -Darin
“I love to cook and it’s important to me that my food is fresh, natural, and healthy. It was awesome to see firsthand that keeping goats and making your own cheese is doable…and it tastes amazing!”
“In today’s society of rushing around, when our food sits on a shelf, already prepared, it is refreshing to “go back” and remember that our food has a source, embedded in soil, and enriched with passion and hard-work. What a wonderful opportunity to remember simplicity.” – Savannah
Darlene, Sophie and Josh graduated from the Goat Cheese Making Class on November 27, 2010!
Darlene SURPRISED her daughter, Sophie, for Sophie’s 21st birthday present with a Goat Cheese Making Class! Sophie had no idea where her mom was bringing her, nor what she was about to do. She was pleasantly surprised! Josh’s 25th birthday WAS TODAY! And, his mom sent him to the class as his gift.
“A great deal of thought, effort, and affection goes into caring for the animals who give us their dairy and eggs. In this class you will come away with a life-changing experience. Above all, you will learn that anything is possible through hard work and the willingness to learn. The views are breathtaking and the cheese is delicious.”
“This class brings a greater appreciation of where our food comes from and how delicious it is when it’s fresh and homemade.” – Darlene
“The class is small, personable and every question is considered and/or answered. Lindsey created a lovely atmosphere for the class, outdoors and indoors!”
Hannah graduated from the “Just Cheese” class on November 20! After working hard on her mozzarella, she finally achieved STRETCH!!! She and her husband have goats on their farm so she didn’t need to learn how to milk. She just wanted to make cheese!
“I loved having someone to answer my questions as we walked through the process – (will have to try some more of the classes. Thanks!)” -Hannah
Jaime, Edith, Soraya and Jessica graduated November 20, 2010! (The Goat Cheese Lady snuck into the picture on the right.)
Jaime is a health inspector for the fishing industry in Alaska! Edith is Jaime’s mom and wants to get goats. Soraya is an avid horse woman and natural herbal tincture maker. Jessica is a fellow yogi (i.e. does yoga).
“Fantabulous hands on class with lots of “wow” moments milking the goats and making the various cheeses.” -Soraya
“I love learning about food and any “from scratch” cooking. I think it’s very important to know where your food comes from and what’s in it. This is a wonderful way to enjoy food and the process in a way that is healthy for you and the animal.” -Jessica
“It is amazing to spend one morning and be able to come out with a finished product – it really helps to understand how easy it can be!”
“Great fun, not too intense – easily understandable.”
Mallory, Kelly and Abigail graduated on November 14, 2010!
Mallory and Abigail are sisters-in-law, Abigail and Kelly forever in love and just bought a farm in Penrose, Colorado. They plan to get goats and chickens within the next year…but taking the class might jump-start their plans!
“We plan on starting a small farm and it is nice to get some hands on experience. It is also nice seeing the other things you can do with goat milk (yogurt, cheeses, warm milk with sugar).”
“This is an awesome opportunity, whether you want the “farm life” or just to be able to give yourself a little taste of it. As people who want to make our own lives as self-sustained as possible, it is a huge encouragement to see others on the same path for us to learn from. I feel like we are leaving with a new friend and maybe even a mentor! – Abigail
“The class was an awesome experience! It was nice to learn how simple/healthy life can be by milking goats and making your own cheese. I look forward to using and passing down these life lessons to my own son.” -Mallory
Linda, Susie, Elizabeth and David graduated on November 2, 2010!
Linda loves goat’s milk and her dog, Jackson, will hardly eat his food unless it is swimming in goat’s milk. Susie has hiked the Garden of the Gods for years and brought The Goat Cheese Lady Garlic Herb Cheese to her last book group. Elizabeth home schools her son, David. She and her husband run a naturopathic/chiropractic/acupuncture clinic in Black Forest.
“This is a great way to learn about goats and cheese. Cheese does not come shrink wrapped. Milk does not come from a box. Lindsey is a terrific, organized teacher – also very clean and sanitary. No worries about eating our cheese!” – Elizabeth
“Loved the info about goat’s milk vs. cow’s milk. Enjoyed the sharing of other participants!”
“Being at Lindsey’s home is like being with “Great Family” members. Lindsey has beautiful gifts and talents.”
Gail, Bob, Dianna and Rita graduated on October 26, 2010.
Gail is planning to get Kinder Dairy Goats (Nubian/Pygmy cross) in the spring. Dianna and Bob have wethers (castrated goats) now for weed eating. They might get dairy goats. Rita raises bees and just thought it would be fun to make goat cheese. They said:
“I’m impressed with how much you’ve learned in such a short amount of time!”
Carol, Lauren, Lesa and Marsha took the class on October 23rd. They said:
“It was my first experience milking…and it was so much fun!”
“Goat Basics in the heart of Colorado Springs! Such fun and so “grassroots!”
“It was so rewarding to drink the milk that we had just milked from the goat and I can’t even put into words how delicious it was! The cheese that you eat at lunch alone is worth the cost of the class!”
Left to Right: Peggy, Kelly, Helena, Patty took the class on October 17th 2010. They said:
“City girl gets a touch of the farm! The class made me appreciate what goes into getting foods I depend on. It is easier to buy in the store, but you have no idea what is REALLY in it!”
“Great! Fabulous!! Every city girl should do it!”
“Beautiful little farm tucked away near the Garden of the Gods”
“Like a trip to the farm – a step back in time when things were a bit simpler and more self-sufficient.”
“Very informative and informal. Questions were answered, and great company!”
“I enjoyed meeting like-minded ladies and seeing how others do things. It was a wonderful meal and really good discussion. It’s a rural setting within the city.”
“Making a product, literally from scratch, is an amazing learning experience. Lindsey is organized, on time, knowledgeable, and produces a very tasty product, as well as a wonderful brunch exhibiting all the various things that can be made from goat’s milk. I felt so HEALTHY when I left to drive home!!”
– Rachel (10-5-10)
“The Goat Cheese Lady makes really good cheese. But don’t tell her I snuck some bread.”
– 3-year-old student (10-5-10)
“I enjoyed meeting everyone, learning new things and the food, of course! It was very enjoyable and I highly recommend it!”
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Great you make Goat cheese! I found your blog while tiping in “Goat Cheese WordPress” and *plop* The Goat Cheese Lady was there 🙂 I wanted to find more blogs with recipes about Goat Cheese but this one is outstanding nice. If you need another nice recipe what to do with your delicoius Goat you could look at my “Spinach Salad with Crispy Goat Cheese”. Happy Blogging! I follow you now!
Wow miencuisine! The recipe looks wonderful!! I can’t wait to try it! Lindsey
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LIndsay! you are one of the most personable people I have ever met! Not only was making cheese AMAZINGLY fun, and educational, you were a delight! My group (Lisa and Pat and myself) still talk about our adventure! (We figured you knew, and remembered the names of each of our children as we all had great conversations) thanks for everything! you’re the best! Dana
Hi Lindsey – I have been researching locations where we can have goats within Colorado Springs and am not having much luck. Do you happen to be in a county enclave or something? Our daughter has really gotten into goats after an experience with Kids4CityKids and I had goats as a kid in California. We hope to get some of our own. Can you help me figure out what areas near downtown would allow goats? Or would you consider boarding other goats? Thanks – Mary
Hi Mary! Interesting questions…! We live inside the city limits. The city told me that we could have hooved animals on 3/4 of an acre or more. The city told one of my students that she could have a goat on 10,000 sq. ft. (way less than 3/4 of an acre). The city told another student that she couldn’t have goats at all. So, who’s a girl to believe? We aren’t doing any boarding. So, has my answer muddied the water any more for you? =) Lindsey
P.S. I’m figuring out how to go about changing city regulations about goats. I’ll keep you (and everyone) updated.
How Totally COOL!!!
I have 2 does (1 Nubian, 1 Nubian/Alpine) and 1 Nubian wether. Eventually i would love to breed/milk my does 🙂 And i’d love to have some chickens some day too.
I’m VERY interested in doing one of your classes and have a friend who may be interested as well.
Please let me know what dates still have openings!
Just found your blog! I live in the Black Forest area and would LOVE to go to one of your classes. I have 2 kids that I don’t have anyone to watch to go though. Would you consider doing a class on a Saturday sometime? We don’t have goats yet, but are planning on getting some in the spring. We do have chickens. 🙂
Janelle, I’m glad you found the blog! Tomorrow, I have another spot available, and one of the other students is bringing her son. So, if you think your kids would be pretty entertained for the 4 hours (I have toys!) then you would be welcome tomorrow! I do plan on doing a Saturday class, however don’t have one scheduled right now. Look forward to meeting you soon!