For the Love of Goats
There are a lot of great reasons to open a small goat dairy: Goats, as dairy producers, have a substantially lower environmental impact than cows. In a small farm you can produce quantities of healthy milk and milk products without growth hormones or routine antibiotics. Small farms and dairies play an important role in developing and strengthening sustainable local economies. And then there's the love of soft, warm, affectionate animals.
We're Andrew and Wesley Barclay, two brothers who've been caring for goats for most of our lives. When we were looking for the perfect land and community to share our vision of a small Grade A raw milk goat dairy, we were lucky to meet Mira, Bayla, and their parents; Julie and David at Coyote Farm. We needed a home base for our herd, and Coyote Farm was hoping for goats. There are a growing number of farms here, but not enough goat dairies to serve the growing demand for fresh goat milk. We started Coyote Farm Creamery on Bainbridge Island for a lot of reasons, but mostly because we love goats. Their intelligence, individual personalities, robust health, and zest for life makes it a joy to be their stewards.
We were on target to open our dairy this past fall. Unfortunately we have encountered some major obstacles already. Last fall we had a fire in our equipment shed and lost all of our milking supplies, a brand new milking machine and so much more. Even though Coyote Farm has been around for many years and has many different out buildings that are functional and useable after the fire it was brought to our attention that some of these buildings need to be updated to meet certain requirements from the city.This creates more costs that we weren't planning on. It is because of these obstacles that we have come to Kickstarter. As you know, with Kickstarter it is all or nothing. If we do not meet our goal, we get nothing and will need to pack up our goats and move back to Utah. We will not be able to continue our dream of bringing a Grade A raw goat dairy to Kitsap County.
Milk and Much More
We love sharing our knowledge and our farm with our community. We've hosted a summer camp, local school groups, and many visiting families who've come to see first hand what life is like on a goat dairy farm. We remember what an impact this sort of experience had on us when we were young, and how it shaped our lives. We're looking forward to deepening this connection with our community each year. We're dedicated to showing the real rewards and work of farming, and the value of knowing where your food comes from. Helping us also helps to raise this next generation of farmers and farm supporters, nourishing the growth of a healthy, sustainable, and resilient local economy.
Help Us Get Healthy Milk to Market
As with most new businesses, we've encountered a few unforeseen obstacles. In the late fall of 2012, our equipment shed burned down, destroying our brand-new milking equipment and other supplies. Our community rallied around us and helped us recover from the fire, but now that Coyote Farm Creamery is close to opening again, our local government officials have changed their requirements and want upgrades and installations that weren't originally planned for.
Here's what we'll do with your Kickstarter pledge: We'll be able to buy enough glass bottles with labels and tops, cleaning tools, transport crates and coolers to hold our fresh goat milk. We'll be able to get an energy-efficient storage refrigerator and chest freezer to keep the milk fresh until it's on its way to local drinking glasses. We will be milking 35 goats by hand twice a day, that takes some time so a milking machine will also be purchased. We'll be able to bring in more gravel (did you see all that mud in the video?), upgrade our septic system, and complete the last minute engineering and structural upgrades for the buildings, bringing everything up to code.
We Need Your Help
As you know, with Kickstarter it is ALL or NOTHING. Help us to attain our goal and bring healthy, nutritious milk to the greater Seattle area. Please help us make this dairy a reality. Farms such as this one can influence the lives of so many and help to teach sustainability and healthy livestock practices to children in Kitsap County. Check out the great rewards we have!!
Update of 3-5-13 has a new STRETCH GOAL
4 more goats were born today and 6 were born yesterday. With all these babies being born it really feels like spring on the farm. We feel so blessed to be able to have all these new babies at the same time we feel so blessed by all of you and all of your amazing support. Thanks to you all we are going to make our goal!!!!!
As we moved the last batch of new babies from the nursery yesterday in with the larger herd we have come to realize that we really need another structure for the young kids to live in. During feeding time the barn is like a mosh pit and it is just not that safe for the babies. We have created a new Stretch Goal. If we can raise an extra $3500 we can get a new structure for the young kids to live in. So please keep spreading the word about our cute baby goats and all the great goat rewards we have and don't forget to come visit if you can!
Original Stretch Goal
If we can raise an extra $17,000 then we will be able to buy a small scale pasteurizer. The pasteurizer will allow us to sell yogurt and cheese in addition to raw milk.
Why goat milk?
It is packed with nutrients and proteins, while being easier to digest than cows milk. Goats have less of an environmental impact because they require less inputs than cows to produce the same amount of milk. In addition, small goat dairies are able to operate with minimal use of antibiotics, and produce milk without controversial growth hormones. The Dairy at Coyote Farms is a wholly integrated part of the farm ecosystem with it's creation of fertilizer going to amend the soil for farming. Supporting local goat dairies supports happy, healthy animals AND products that are tasty and nutritious. Really, who doesn’t like fresh goat cheese!
Do you have questions? We have answers. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
New babies born 2/8/12 waiting for you to name them! Check out the $100 reward level!
Risks and challenges
Risks and Challenges
We face the same risks as most small business; not enough demand for our product, failure to provide enough product for increasing demand, equipment failure as well as all that is included with taking care of livestock and all that could go wrong there. Don't forget we have already survived a huge challenge, the fire in our equipment shed and the loss of all of our milking equipment and our brand new milking machine. Add all of this up and we still, above all of it, love our goats and what they provide to us and our community. We are committed to persevering in this endeavor.
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