Total loan: $5,000


Garden Valley, CA, United States / Agriculture

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A loan helped me transition from 20 years of making goat milk soap for friends and family, to making my goat milk soap a profitable farm business enterprise.

Marylisa's story

"I like goats. Do you like goats?" and so our story began. In May 2015 I was on the Board of the Gold Country Dairy Goat Association. Charley contacted me to donate cheese for our show raffle table. We started talking about goats and other things. We fell in love. We just got married. Now we are trying to merge two goat farms in to one successful business without having to sell any of the goats we love. I always wanted dairy goats. When I was a kid I loved the goats at the local community garden; loved to go see goats at the county & state fair every year. But as an adult living in Sacramento, goats were not an option. So starting in 1997, I made goat milk soap from purchased milk. Hoping some day to have my own herd. In 2006 I moved to El Dorado county & brought my first goats home. I have been loving, learning about, breeding, milking, selling and teaching others about mini nubians ever since. I have been an active member in our local dairy goat club (served as Education Chair), served as a 4H leader for the Miniature Dairy goat project and am on the Board for The Miniature Diary Goat Registry (TMGR). When I met Charley, I made LOTS of cheese for my family and made some pretty fabulous goat milk soap, but was not set up to sell anything. Charley has owned & operated Jollity Farm as a farmstead goat cheese plant for over 6 years. He had his own goats; and really had no need for more milk....so what to do with the milk from my girls? Selling my goats is not an option, so I want to make & sell goat milk soap along side his cheese.