Hello to you all!
I want to share a slice of EB Ranch life with you all. A day condensed into a paragraph or two. Just to show you all how determined I am to make the goat milk soap business work for myself! It's not easy, and there is always a lot of juggling involved....
A typical day on EB Ranch starts off with chores. Chores can take anywhere from 15 minutes to well over an hour. At the moment I am not milking any goats, so chores are short. But I still have to feed all the goats, chickens, geese, ducks and turkeys. Not to mention all the inside critters, 2 dogs and 5 cats! I do have one doe due to kid in late November, I'm pretty excited!
Then I either get ready for my other job, which is working on a fantastic CSA farm, or get ready and start organizing my day on the farm. This usually entails going over the ever morphing TO-DO LIST and prioritizing my day. Pretty soon the quarterly goat hoof trimming is due to be done. Plus moving the goats to a new pasture, getting garlic ready to be planted, and preparing to make MORE SOAP!
My lye was back-ordered for about 2 weeks which put me behind in production. But I finally got the lye on Thursday, so Friday I spent half the day making soap.. Remember, it takes 3-4 weeks for the soap to cure, so when my orders get backed up my whole system can be thrown for a loop! Not to mention I ordered 70 pounds of lye which makes me nervous! I keep it in a very safe spot FYI. I also spend a lot of time labeling soap and getting it ready for farmers markets, retail stores, or online orders. This is always a bit of a juggling act, making sure everybody gets what they ordered and my online store stays up to date. Plus it's important to make sure folks have a variety of soaps to select from at markets. This weekend I unveiled the seasonal Ginger Pumpkin scent to people and they LOVED it!
Not only am I writing this so you all can know what a day in the life of is like on EB Ranch, I'm also saying thanks for the funding that has happened so far. When this kickstarter meets it's goal, many of these issues with not having enough back-stock and juggling soap around will no longer be issues. That's because these funds will go toward a BUNCH of new molds and shelving space to cure the soaps. As well as a bigger work station and more bulk oils and supplies. I'm so excited to move forward with this business, and it's all thanks to you all!
If you get a chance, please share this kickstarter campaign. The momentum has been great and I would LOVE to keep it going.
Thanks again, and a special thanks to these backers!!!!!!
Being able to see a plan in the past come to fruition is a great reward. Especially when farming, there are so many factors that can oppose your well made plan. This time, my grand scheme worked! That is, to have fencing and housing ready for the goats and miscellaneous poultry set up in advance to potentially have them enclosed in the gardens.
Early this spring I made plans to put the critters in our various gardens after we where done getting produce out of them. I purposely planted corn, beans, early cabbage, and potatoes in the garden in front of the goat shed. I had the intentions of moving the fencing around to let the goats in there and still have access to their shelter. And it worked!
I also had intentions of letting my broiler chickens have the garden closer to the house. I can easily move their chicken tractors inside any garden. So now I have these crazy little white chub balls running around and gorging themselves on old squash, tomatoes, among all the weeds. This also worked like a charm! The chickens are small enough to not reach the produce we are still harvesting, like the kale, brussels sprouts, tomatillos, and tomatoes higher up on the vine as well as a few herbs.
It feels good to put time and effort behind making these happen. Now the animals will eat down the vegetation in the gardens to help clear them up as well as putting fertilizer down right where we need it for next year's planting. Plus the animals, especially the broiler chickens can get nice and chubby!
My BIG PLAN that is happening right now is the EB RANCH SAN CLEMENTE GOAT MILK SOAP EXPANSION!
I launched this campaign on October 1st and it ends on November 4th. I have spent the last few months organizing and creating all the aspects needed to make this as successful as it could be. Many friends have helped out, and I will list their names below. With all my ducks in a row, I am asking you to be a backer for this campaign. The rewards are of course goat milk soap, but also the chance to name a baby goat in 2018 and to help me pick out a new soap scent and have your name on that label for the next year. With your help I can get these bars of soap into your hands as well as so many others. You of course can see all the details by visiting the kickstarter.
Thank you for the support, and I want to thank these people specifically.
There are so many more, and I will include the backers for this campaign over time. I'm excited, nervous, been drinking WAY too much coffee for the last few months..., busy, hopeful, and most of all thankful.
Enjoy the fall photos, it's been unseasonably warm and wet this year!
Born and raised in a small town, then moved back to the same small town. Jill of many trades and happy to be so.