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$1,240 pledged of $15,000 goal
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By Tammy Pope
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About this project

 

We are a family-owned small dairy goat farm in central Arkansas. We have been at this adventure for eight years and presently have thirty four goats. We are using their rich, creamy milk to make our soap and lotion. 

One of our sweet bottle babies
One of our sweet bottle babies

 Our business has grown as far as it can with our present  facilitie, and it is time to enhance our business and create a larger community of learning on our farm. We are calling our new structure "the Soap Cottage". Our goal is to build a new working space, which will include a kitchen for making product, a demonstration area, a store front, storage, and intern quarters. We will use a  24x30 foot building which will be delivered to our farm as a kit. We will build the structure and do all of the interior finish work ourselves. The site we have chosen for our cottage is the original homestead site. By using this location, we have septic and electrical drop in place, saving the expense of having to bring this in. The structure will need to have electricity and plumbing done as well as insulation, walls, and floors. The cottage will have a full kitchen with an island that can serve as a demonstration station for sharing what we do on a daily basis. Also, we will host "Make it, Take it " seminars. The participants will have the opportunity to learn a skill and take home a finished product. We plan on making the "Soap Cottage" a destination for learning and reconnecting with the land.

Our goat house and walkway
Our goat house and walkway

 We have built many of the current existing structures on the farm and we are up to the challenge. 

 With your support we can make this a reality. On our own this goal would take several years to achieve; however, with help we can have this completed for our Christmas Open House this year. 

Graph of expenses
Graph of expenses

We have spent the last several years building the farm infrastructure. Our goats have cozy housing, pens, a breeding area, hay storage, and a fine milking house. Our girls are happy and healthy; so they can produce the richest milk for our products.

Our soaps waiting for tags
Our soaps waiting for tags

During this time we have been busy building a customer base and a brand. Our beginning into the retail part of this was at the Argenta Farmer's Market. It was here that we met so many of our customers and friends which helped us form strong relationships and begin the growth we have experienced.

Saturday morning at the market
Saturday morning at the market

 We are in several stores in the Little Rock area and were fortunate enough to be invited to participate in two online farmer's markets. Tammy Sue's Critters is also a member of the Arkansas Craft Guild. We have products that are offered at the Ozark Folk Center and the Historic Arkansas Museum store, both of which are part of the state park system. Our products have recently been picked up by Heifer International and are being sold in their gift shop. P Allen Smith of Moss Mountain Farm invites us to do soap making demonstrations on his farm during his tours and sells our products at his gift shop. You can also browse products on our website, Tammysuescritters.com. The farm has been featured in THV11's Made in Arkansas and on P. Allen Smith's Garden Home.  

  


Risks and challenges

To this point we have built our out buildings on the farm. We have a chicken coop with run and play yard. We have built our goat barn and milking house. In these projects we have done plumbing, electrical, insulation, walls, and floors. All of our existing projects are completed. The cottage will be an extension of these skills.
As for risks, we could foresee weather issues. We have spent quite some time pricing everything out, and we believe we have a handle on the costs. We expect to finish this in a timely manner. Our goal is to have it completed by fall 2017.
If we don't do this building, we cannot grow as we hope. We must have this facility to continue developing products and to educate our customers.

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    Customized Thank You Card

    You will receive a customized thank you card created from an oil painting of Tammy and her soap. A shout out on our Facebook page as well as our love to you and yours.

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    Tammy Sue's Sweet Lips, LOCAL PICKUP

    You will receive two tubes of our nourishing lip balm, made by Tammy. Sue This lip balm is made made with our beeswax, and has been used for years by our faithful customers. Iced Pineapple and Tangerine, and Mango and Peach lip balm will be available for pick up at Dogtown Farmer's Market in North Little Rock.

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    Tammy Sue's Sweet Lips

    You will receive two tubes of our nourishing lip balm, made by Tammy. Sue This lip balm is made made with our beeswax, and has been used for years by our faithful customers. Iced Pineapple and Tangerine, Mango and Peach lip balm will be shipped to you.

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    2 Oz. Lotion. Lip Balm LOCAL PICK UP

    You will receive a two ounce bottle of our moisturizing goat's milk lotion, in Lemon Verbena. This is always a favorite scent with our customer base. this luxurious lotion contains shea butter and local sunflower oil as well as other natural ingredients. This reward also includes Iced Pineapple and Tangerine and Mango and Peach lip balm. Little Rock area backers may pick this up at Dogtown Farmer's Market in North Little Rock.

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    2 Oz. Lotion, Lip balm

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    Goat's Milk Soap LOCAL PICK UP

    You will receive two 4 ounce bars of our Goat's Milk Soap made with coconut, olive, sunflower oils shea and mango butter. These bars are made with 25% fresh goat's milk to give your skin a natural glow. You will receive a bar of Lavender Lemongrass and a bar of Sweet and Creamy Oat soap. This reward also includes two tubes of our lip balm. These rewards can be picked up at Dogtown Farmer's Market in North Little Rock.

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    Goat's Milk Soap

    You will receive two 4 ounce bars of our Goat's Milk Soap made with coconut, olive, sunflower oils shea and mango butter. These bars are made with 25% fresh goat's milk to give your skin a natural glow. You will receive a bar of Lavender Lemongrass soap and a bar of Sweet and Creamy Oatmeal soap. This reward also includes two tubes of our lip balm.

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    Sample Pkg Goat Milk Lotion LOCAL PICKUP

    You will receive a selection of our favorite two ounce lotions. This will make your skin so soft and lovely. It is made with our creamy goat's milk, shea butter, sunflower oil,and other amazing natural ingredients. The scents will be Lavender, Midnight Pomegranate, Juicy Pear and Southern Peach This lotion can be picked up at Dogtown farmer's Market.

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    Sample Pkg Goat Milk Lotion

    You will receive a selection of our favorite two ounce lotions. This will make your skin so soft and lovely. It is made with our creamy goat's milk, shea butter, sunflower oil,and other amazing natural ingredients. The scents will be Lavender, Midnight Pomegranate, Juicy Pear and Southern Peach.

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    8 Oz. Lotion / SoapLOCAL PICKUP

    You will receive an 8 ounce pump bottle goat's milk lotion from our new premier line. This lotion is made with our creamy goat's milk, shea butter, local sunflower oil and other amazing natural ingredients. We have chosen Lemongrass Ginger scent for this reward, a crowd favorite. You will also receive a bar of our nourishing Lemongrass Ginger soap, and two lip balm, this will be packaged in a delightful organza bag. This reward can be picked up at Dogtown Farmer's Market in North Little Rock.

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    8 Oz.Lotion/ Soap

    You will receive an 8 ounce pump bottle goat's milk lotion from our new premier line. This lotion is made with our creamy goat's milk, shea butter, local sunflower oil and other amazing natural ingredients. We have chosen Lemongrass Ginger scent for this reward, a crowd favorite. You will also receive a bar of our nourishing Lemongrass Ginger soap, and two lip balm, this will be packaged in a delightful organza bag.

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    Tammy Sue's Critters Gifts LOCAL PICKUP

    You will receive a gift bag of Tammy Sue's Critters, all of these are made on our farm by Tammy. In this gift bag, you will receive a 4 ounce bar of Juicy Pear soap, 8 ounce Juicy Pear lotion, Orange Sorbet, Iced Pineapple and Tangering lip balm, and a Eucalyptus Spearmint cuticle salve, all in a delightful organza bag. This reward can be picked up at Dogtown Farmer's Market in North Little Rock.

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    Tammy Sue's Critters Gifts

    You will receive a gift bag of Tammy Sue's Critters, all of these are made on our farm by Tammy. In this gift bag, you will receive a 4 ounce bar of Juicy Pear soap, 8 ounce Juicy Pear lotion, Orange Sorbet, Iced Pineapple and Tngeringe lip balm, and a Eucalyptus Spearmint cuticle salve, all in a delightful organza bag.

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    Name a Doe

    You will get to name of our does born this spring on the farm. Upon choosing that special name, we will have a portrait framed and sent to you. You also, may come to the farm to visit your doe this season.

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    On Farm Painting Event

    You and a friend may come spend some time with the critters. This reward, begins by being greeted at the farm by Tammy Sue and the Critters. There will be a tour of the farm, followed by light refreshments. Then you will get to paint a 16x20 masterpiece on canvas especially designed for our farm. This will be facilitated by an art instructor. When you are finished, if you choose to, you may stay and help with farm chores. A day to remember for sure!
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    A Farm Staycation

    You and a friend may come visit the critters for an overnight stay.This reward begins with being greeted on the farm by Tammy Sue and the Critters. Then you will be given a tour of the farm. A tour of our newly finished cottage will follow. You can place your bags here, as this will be your lodging for the night. Have a seat on the front porch, enjoy light refreshments. A home cooked evening meal will be prepared for you, and served in our country kitchen.
    Then you can enjoy a fire in the fire pit and relax for the evening.
    Retire to the cottage for a restful night. In the morning enjoy a farm fresh breakfast with your hosts. After breakfast you will receive a take along gift bag of our amazing products.
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