Andrea, a good friend who I sadly hadn't seen in years, invited me to visit her goat farm outside of Denver while I was there with Joe not long ago. It snowed the night before, and everything was beautiful and white and... cold! Especially as I didn't come to Denver with snow boots, or warm gloves, or a real winter coat or a freaking HAT. So yeah, I was really cold, even with the boots and hat I borrowed from Andrea.
I love this lady, she is so incredibly conscientious and focused on her goats well-being, from what she feeds them to how they have their babies and the homes they're adopted to. I just can't say enough good things about Andrea, so if you're in the Denver area look for Broken Shovels Farm cheese, yogurt and cheve in stores and restaurants!
Broken Shovels Farm
Andrea didn't need any help, especially as I'd be more in the way than I'd be helping, so I just tried to keep up with her while she did the morning chores - milking, feeding, loving, tending. I doggedly followed her around with my cameras, doing no work and still feeling exhausted at the end of the morning.
I thought that this goat had deformed ears, until Andrea told me that this is a special breed called Lamancha. Originating in the USA, she said they are much like Americans - loud and stubborn with big personalities:)
Love the fancy beards these ladies have!
"I started raising goats so I could have a dairy, and now I love my goats so much I have my dairy so I can keep my goats."
Thanks for letting me tag along with you, I can't wait until the next time I come visit everybody!
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