About Us

The goat farm has been a significant part of Lori’s life for the last twenty years, but that is not all she does. Her graduate degree in Anthropology has also opened many windows in her way of thinking about the world. Lori is an anthropology professor at Arapahoe Community College. She believes that we can learn much from traditional and aboriginal cultures. Although you are reading this on a computer in the 21st century technology, Lori believes that it is just a tool to educate people about the benefits of sustainable living and natural products. Her favorite technologies are those from the 19th century: wood-burning cookstoves, cast iron cookware, spinning wheels, and basically anything that is human powered that can’t be plugged in or run on gasoline. Someone recently asked “Why would you want to live like that?” An interesting question…..and here’s the answer, because it is extremely satisfying to be able to do things for yourself without the reliance on the system for your own comfort. To know that you can feed yourself and be comfortable if the electricity goes off in the middle of a snowstorm is a very secure feeling. Carrying in a full bucket of steaming warm milk and clean smooth eggs is like holding a pot of gold. Having previously hand-built and lived in a log house without electricity or indoor plumbing for 5 years, Lori understands how to be self-sufficient.

So back to the goats; why goats? They are the most amazing animals! They are intelligent, friendly, comical and all around fun to be with. Not to mention, if you get kicked (which is rarely and usually an accident) it won’t break your ribs! The adult goats outweigh Lori by 50-100 pounds, but with leverage and agility they can be controlled when necessary.  Goats really do have a mind of their own (see Goat philosophy page). They love people, can be house-trained (although this only works until they are big enough to jump on the kitchen counter), love to go out in public and are truly a remarkable creature. It’s easy to fall in love with goats, just hold a newborn in your arms or look into the contemplative eyes of Arlo (see Goat Gallery – The Boys)                                   

Self-sufficiency and sustainability is an important goal at Westfarm Goats. The ingredients that go into the making the goat’s milk soap are organic and as easy on the environment as possible while still have a luxurious soft feel and smell. The standard soaps are packaged in brown wax paper bags. These allow air to circulate at a low level and keep the essential oil fragrances strong until you are ready to use the soap. When you are ready to use the soap the packaging can be recycled. If you buy the soaps in the organza gift bags, you can reuse this packaging over and over.

 

Photos courtesy of:  Povy Kendal Atchison, www.povy.com