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Help My Compassionate Goat Farm Succeed!
$1,101 raised
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Ended Dec 5, 2013
My compassionate goat farm needs a small barn for my goats, additional soap-making equipment, & a small workshop.

I am Che Sweetland, owner of a micro-farm in rural Maine. I feel that traditional dairy goat farming techniques are often not in the best in
My compassionate goat farm needs a small barn for my goats, additional soap-making equipment, & a small workshop.

I am Che Sweetland, owner of a micro-farm in rural Maine. I feel that traditional dairy goat farming techniques are often not in the best interest of the goats. These farming techniques are not acceptable and need to be changed. Compassionate Farming is my passion!

A little over a year ago, I began selling all-natural, handmade goat milk soap that I create with compassionately-farmed milk from my pet goats. I am on a mission to show the world that we can farm compassionately and build a farm that is able to sustain itself financially. I make each of these products with milk that I hand-milk from my goats.

A BARN:
THE PROBLEM - I need a few more breeding goats in order to increase milk production. I have incredible friends who are willing to provide the goats I need. My goats currently have the luxury of a large, varied pasture. Unfortunately, their shelter has been a tiny shed and oversized dog houses. These tiny buildings are adequate for keeping them warm and dry. However, they are not ideal.
THE SOLUTION - In order to expand my herd, I need a small barn. This will allow the goats to have a larger, safer sheltered area where they can live comfortably during harsh weather.
THE PROBLEM - I currently hand-milk the goats under a makeshift lean-to. This keeps most of the rain off the goats and me. However, mosquitoes, and other biting insects are nearly unbearable at times. Both the goats and I are often bitten by insects during milking.
THE SOLUTION: With the new barn, I will be able to have an enclosed space in which to enjoy milking sessions with my goats. Hand-milking time is a wonderful time to bond with and pamper the goats. It will be luxurious to be able to take our time with milking, grooming, and cuddling once we are no longer “under attack” by these biting insects.

EQUIPMENT:
THE PROBLEM - I currently have only one set of soap-making equipment. I have recently turned down some opportunities because I would be unable to meet the need for more soap in a shorter period of time. This is heartbreaking to me.
THE SOLUTION - In order to increase my production, I need more equipment. I will be better able to meet the increasing current and future demand for my products. Keeping the soap and lotion business thriving will allow me to continue providing my goats with their exceptional, compassionate lifestyle.

A WORKSHOP:
THE PROBLEM - Right now, I make my soap and lotion in my kitchen. I cure my soaps and store supplies in my home office, where I work days at my desk. I store finished products near my laundry room. I store my packaging and shipping supplies in a corner of my living room. This set-up is functional but far from ideal.
THE SOLUTION - If I had a small workshop, all of these tasks and materials could be more efficiently managed in one space. I would be able to streamline processes and save time and energy.

YOU CAN HELP MAKE THIS HAPPEN!

GOAL #1 - $5,000 - This goal meets my most immediate need. The care of my animals is always my highest priority. Therefore, the first goal is to have a small barn for my adorable goat herd that is safe and secure.

GOAL #2 - $2,000 for a total of $7,000 - My second goal will increase my equipment so that I can make three times as much soap as I can currently make.

GOAL #3 - $8,000 for a total of $15,000 - My third goal will allow me to create a workshop space. This space will make it possible for me to separate my products from my home, will streamline my processes and production, and will consolidate my supplies, ingredients, equipment, products, and packaging into one efficient space.

The sky is the limit!! If we can raise amounts higher than these goals, I may be able to add a small retail space to my workshop so that customers can come here to meet the goats and shop for the products they want. This space may also be used as instructional space for classes on soap-making, compassionate farming, goat care, knitting, and other topics. Opening my farm to the community would allow me to give back to some of the people who have been so incredibly helpful to me in this amazing journey.

Please help me make this dream a reality! Help me spread the word about compassionate farming! Help me prove to traditional farmers that compassionate farming is a successful, sustainable method of farming, keeping the animals’ welfare as the highest priority. The more you donate and share this project with others, the greater this farm can become! I greatly appreciate every single donation!

If the amount that you would like to donate is not shown, you may type it in. Participating in perks is optional. If you would like to donate more than $1,000 and have a particular perk that you'd like, feel free to contact me about it and we can discuss whether or not I can provide that perk to you.

Thank you all for your incredible support! I couldn’t have made it this far without you!
With Compassion,
Che, Dory the Gentle Goat and the rest of the herd
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$1 USD
Personalized Thank You Email
  • 1 claimed
Anybody who donates at least $1 can receive a personalized thank you by email from me. If you would like me to send you a thank you email, please be sure to provide your email address.
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$25 USD
Shout-Out by Facebook & a Link on my Blog
  • 3 claimed
I can make a public thank you on my Facebook page. If you have a business, I'll post a link to a website or Facebook page, too. Also, I can add a link on my Blog for at least one year. If you would like me to share a link, be sure to provide it for me.
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$50 USD
Handwritten Thank You & Voucher for Goat Milk Soap
  • 4 claimed
In addition to the above perks, I can send you a handwritten thank you note along with a voucher for a 2 oz. bar of goat milk soap. You will be able to choose the variety you want from those available at the time of redemption. Be sure to provide me with a mailing address if you would like this perk.
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$100 USD
Voucher for Goat Milk Soap or Goat Milk Lotion
  • 1 claimed
In addition to the above perks, you can receive a voucher for a 4-oz. bar of goat milk soap or a 4-oz jar of goat milk lotion. You will be able to choose the variety you want from those available at the time of redemption. Be sure to provide me with a mailing address if you would like this perk.
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$250 USD
Name on Supporters Board in Barn
  • 0 claimed
In addition to all of the above perks, I can add your name to those that will be on the "Supporters" Board on my barn. Because I want to maintain your privacy, please let me know if you would like your name listed. Also, you may choose to list a pet's name if you prefer. Please be sure to specify your preference.
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$500 USD
Voucher for 4-pack of Goat Milk Soap or Lotion
  • 0 claimed
In addition to the above perks, you can receive a voucher for 4 bars of goat milk soap (4-oz) or 4 jars of goat milk lotion (4-oz.). You can choose 4 varieties of goat milk soap or goat milk lotion from those available at the time of redemption. Be sure to provide me with a mailing address if you would like this perk.
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$1,000 USD
Custom Batch of Goat Milk Soap or Goat Milk Lotion
  • 0 claimed
In addition to the above perks, you can receive a voucher for a custom batch of 12 bars of goat milk soap (4-oz) or 12 jars of goat milk lotion (4-oz) or 6 jars of goat milk lotion (8-oz). I will work with you to decide on the ingredients that you want added to this product made especially for you. Please be sure to provide me with a mailing address if you would like this perk.
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