Total loan: $10,000
Boyceville, WI, United States / Agriculture
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A loan helped us purchase and build a much needed larger barn for our dairy goats who produce milk for Bifrost Farms Goat Cheese.
In my previous life, I was a technical writer in the IT industry. After the second company I worked for in as many years filed for bankruptcy, I knew it was time for a change. My husband and I both wanted a more rural and sustainable life than we had in the city, so we bought a 20 acres farm in Wisconsin. There was an existing dog boarding kennel on the property, which I promptly reopened, as it was ideal for allowing me to stay home and create the farm life we wanted, as well as working with animals, which has always been a passion. Once the goats arrived, I was beyond smitten. Being a foodie who loves to feed people, I found satisfaction in the challenge of making cheese to meet my high standards. Even the fact that it would take me years to reach the point where I could make and sell my cheese didn’t stop me from pursuing my new dream. To me, working with my goats is a partnership and I could never look at them as simply inventory or a means to an end. For that reason, I practice natural herd management and avoid using chemical wormers unless absolutely necessary. My beliefs that good nutrition and a strong immune system should keep us all healthy, animals and humans alike, has been the foundation of my business. My girls get only certified organic grain on the milking stand and we purchase and grow non-GMO hay to feed year-round. Last October, I was so proud to have Bifrost Farms receive AWA (Animal Welfare Approved) certification. It means that we practice the highest standards of humane and natural care for our animals and we would never consider having it any other way.