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Marfa Maid Goat Dairy wants to raise money to build a community room for classes and visitors to the dairy
127 backers pledged $14,983 to help bring this project to life.

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Marfa Maid Goat Dairy has been serving the Big Bend Region of West Texas for the last five years. In that time our goat cheese has become very popular with the locals as well as the many visitors to this scenic area. In envisioning our dairy, we never realized how many people would be interested in actually seeing the animals and processes to make the cheese.We have many requests to bring school groups, culinary groups and hold classes in the dairy. We want to share our knowledge and love of the animals but currently it is difficult to serve these groups and visitors in our facility. The basic health regulations of our processes prevent us from encouraging many visitors inside the cheese kitchen. We want to build a community room that includes a viewing area through the windows of our kitchen with access to the milking parlor. The addition will be essentially a large screened and covered porch.  It will also have a seating area to accommodate classes and groups for educational visits. Included in the room will be a small store area to have our cheese and other products available to visitors on site. This area will also be made ramp accessible to anyone.

Floor Plan of Community Room
Floor Plan of Community Room

Our long range plans would involve building a separate building to expand the store and have a dedicated classroom space. We are also developing a native plant and grass garden that will give visitors an opportunity to identify local desert plants. The mission is to offer a opportunity to see and experience our beautiful area and this special lifestyle.

Master Plan for the Dairy Complex
Master Plan for the Dairy Complex

If you decide to support our Kickstarter we have some great rewards for you. From Goats Milk Soap and lotion, sets of note cards and prints of native grasses,private wine and cheese tours of the dairy and lots more!

Some great rewards for supporters!
Some great rewards for supporters!

Risks and challenges

We don’t anticipate any significant problems building the addition to the dairy. Allan has been involved in contracting for most of his life and built the actual dairy. Of course with West Texas weather there can always be surprises. Our goal is to have it open by spring break of 2015.
What will be somewhat challenging is to plan for the number and flow of visitors to the dairy. We will need to schedule them so as not to distract from the day to day work in the dairy and cheese making process. The interns could be helpful in terms of being “guides” for the tours. More than likely we will need to have reservation ability on our website to manage the number of visits and visitors. This is a work in progress, so we will adjust the operation as it unfolds.

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    Pledge US$ 5 or more About US$ 5

    Big thanks in our blog and facebook page. You will also receive a thank you card with an original art work by Malinda Beeman.

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    More big thanks in our blog and on facebook page, a thank you card with an original art work by Malinda Beeman and a bar of “Marfa Brand” lavender/petitgrain soap made from our goats milk.

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    Extra big thanks on our blog and facebook page, a thank you card with an original art work by Malinda Beeman, a jar of honey/almond goats milk lotion and bag of goats milk bath salts.

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    Bigger thanks on our blog and on facebook page, a thank you card with an original art work by Malinda Beeman and a bar of “Marfa Brand” lavender/petitgrain soap made from our goats milk, a jar of honey/almond goats milk lotion and a bag of goats milk bath salts.

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    Seriously grateful thanks on our blog and on facebook page, a thank you card with an original artwork by Malinda Beeman , a basket with a bar of “Marfa Brand” lavender/petitgrain soap made from our goats milk, a jar of honey/almond goats milk lotion, a Marfa Maid soap dish and a bag of goats milk bath salts.

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    Exceptional thanks, a thank you card with an original art work by Malinda Beeman, a certificate for a one-day cheese making class in our dairy or select one image from the 6 print suite of the limited edition, hand carved linoleum blocks “Native Grasses of the Marfa Plateau

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    Pledge US$ 150 or more About US$ 150

    Deeply grateful thanks on our blog and on facebook page. a thank you card with an original art work by Malinda Beeman and a certificate for a two-day cheese making class in our dairy or a goat cheese gift box with four flavors of our chevre spread and a block of feta.

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    Pledge US$ 250 or more About US$ 250

    Breathless thanks on our blog and facebook page. 1 of the images from the 6 print suite of the limited edition, hand carved linoleum blocks “Native Grasses of the Marfa Plateau” and a bar of “Marfa Brand” lavender/petitgrain soap, a jar of Honey Almond Goats Milk Lotion with a hand molded goat soap dish or a goat cheese gift box with four flavors of our chevre spread and a block of feta and a bar of “Marfa Brand” lavender/petitgrain soap, a jar of Honey Almond Goats Milk Lotion.

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    Pledge US$ 500 or more About US$ 500

    Gushing thanks on our blog and facebook page. Three of the images from the 6 print suite of the limited edition, hand carved linoleum blocks “Native Grasses of the Marfa Plateau”and a bar of “Marfa Brand” lavender/petitgrain soap, a jar of Honey Almond Goats Milk Lotion or a goat cheese gift box with four flavors of our chevre spread and a block of feta and a bar of “Marfa Brand” lavender/petitgrain soap, a jar of Honey Almond Goats Milk Lotion and a Marfa Maid apron and a gift certificate for a cheese making class

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    Pledge US$ 1,000 or more About US$ 1,000

    You may chose a one-day cheese making workshop and tour for your friends (8) with a catered lunch or a monthly cheese sampler for a year or all 6 of the images of the limited edition, hand carved linoleum blocks “Native Grasses of the Marfa Plateau”

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    Pledge US$ 5,000 or more About US$ 5,000

    Indebted thanks on our blog and facebook page (if desired). You will recieve two-day cheesemaking workshop for your friends (8) with a catered lunch (both days) or you may chose a catered “Dinner in the Dairy” for 10 by Marfa Table chef Bridget Weiss with full service or choose any other combination of rewards in another category above. .

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    Everything in the $5000 category plus a monthly cheese sampler for 5 years or any other combination of rewards in another category above.

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Funding period

- (30 days)