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This project was successfully funded on March 14, 2013.

For the love of goats and small farms help us bring our Grade A raw goat milk to market.

About this project

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.

FAQ

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 coyotefarmcreamery@gmail.com

Look at our great t-shirts and sweatshirts-You can have one too, just check out the rewards!
Look at our great t-shirts and sweatshirts-You can have one too, just check out the rewards!

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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    10 backers

    A beautiful goat photo and Thank you on our Facebook page.

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    14 backers

    For non-local backers: A bar of homemade goat milk soap and a beautiful goat photo. As well as a Thank You on our Facebook page.

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    40 backers Limited (10 left of 50)

    For local backers only: A quart of fresh raw goat milk and a beautiful goat photo. Also a Thank You on our Facebook page.

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    25 backers

    A Coyote Farm Creamery short sleeve t-shirt (size and color options available) and a Thank You on our Facebook page.

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    20 backers

    A Coyote Farm Creamery long sleeve t-shirt, and a Thank You on our Facebook page.

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    6 backers

    A hooded Coyote Farm Creamery sweatshirt and a Thank You on our Facebook page.

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    10 backers

    For Local backers only-30 gallons of aged goat manure ready to add to your garden to help your veggies and flowers grow. A Thank You on our Facebook page.

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    5 backers Limited (15 left of 20)

    Come enjoy an evening of comedy with Bridget Young. Light Fare served: farm fresh veggies, Coyote Farm Creamery goat cheese, bread and crackers along with a variety of local spirits to drink. And of course a Thank you on our Facebook page. Good for up to 2 people.

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    26 backers Limited (24 left of 50)

    A chance of a lifetime! You get to name a baby goat born spring of 2013! We will send you a framed picture of the baby you named and of course a Thank You on our Facebook page.

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    18 backers

    A Coyote Farm Creamery hooded sweatshirt, a bar of our goat milk soap. And of course a Thank You on our Facebook page.

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    2 backers Limited (28 left of 30)

    For local backers only: An adorable pet goat. And of course a Thank You on our Facebook page.

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    4 backers

    A wedge of aged goat cheese, 2 bars of goat milk soap, a Coyote Farm Creamery hooded sweatshirt and a framed goat picture. Of course a Thank You on our Facebook page.

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    5 backers Limited (5 left of 10)

    For local backers only: 5-10 goats will come to your house for 4 hours to help you get rid of weeds and invasive plants such as scotch broom and ivy. And of course a Thank You on our Facebook page.

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    5 backers

    2 wedges (different types) of aged goat cheese, 2 bars of goat milk soap, 2 Coyote Farm Creamery hooded sweatshirts, a beautiful goat photo in frame and course a BIG THANK YOU on our Facebook page.

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    1 backer

    For local backers only: Goat Meat, freezer-ready, approximately 30 lbs of meat. And a THANK YOU on our Facebook page.

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    3 backers Limited (7 left of 10)

    For local backers only: Attend a 4 hour goat cheese making class and visit the goats whose milk you are using. Learn how to make Cheve, Feta, Paneer, and take some of each kind home along with a wedge of aged goat cheese. A Coyote Farm Creamery t-shirt or sweatshirt and of course a BIG THANK YOU on our Facebook page.

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    1 backer

    For non-local backers: A Coyote Farm Creamery cheese sampler sent to along with some of the Barclay Brother's favorite cheesy recipes, 2 Coyote Farm Creamery hoodie sweatshirts and a bar of goat milk soap, a beautiful goat photo in frame and Of course a BIG THANK YOU on our Facebook page.

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    1 backer Limited (4 left of 5)

    A HUGE Thank you on our Facebook page! Stay two nights in a Bed and Breakfast a 5 minute walk from Coyote Farm Creamery. Enjoy fresh goat milk on your locally made granola for breakfast. Come visit with the goats and get a private cheese making lesson. Learn how to milk and feed the goats and help out on the farm. Experience a wonderful massage by Bainbridge Island's best massage therapist as voted in 2012. Take home some cheese, t-shirts for the family and goat milk soap. For up to a family of 4. This will take place in summer or fall of 2013. Travel expenses not included.

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    We will fly up to 2 people out to visit us at the farm. We will put you up at a Bed and Breakfast that is a 5 minute walk from Coyote Farm Creamery. Enjoy fresh goat milk on your cereal for breakfast. You will get to visit with goats, learn to milk and feed the goats. A private cheese making class where you will be able to take home the cheese you make as well as goat milk soap. Experience a wonderful massage by Bainbridge Island's best massage therapist as voted in 2012. Two Coyote Farm Creamery hooded sweatshirts and our BIGGEST THANK YOU ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE!!!!!!! This will take place during summer or fall of 2013.

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Funding period

- (30 days)