Thursday, March 14, 2013

Meadowfly Farm & a Giveaway!

Exceptional Products Through Compassionate Farming

Please welcome Che, writer of Meadowfly Farms blog and a maker of wonderful goat milk soap. I love goat milk soap; in fact, it is the only soap I use on myself. Having many different types of allergies along with Fibromyalgia, I have to always be careful about skin and beauty products. I have been using goat milk soap exclusively for about 10 years and I have always loved it! It is a great product I promise you! Please stop by Meadowfly Farms and look at the lovely soaps. There is nothing cuter than a baby goat either I might add! You will find lots of photos her babies there too. At the end of this post I will tell you how you can enter this giveaway. Enjoy!


I founded Meadowfly Farm in 2009 with the intent of creating a compassionate environment for pets and farm animals as well as people. I decided to start making goat milk soap for family and friends who are particularly sensitive to fragrance oils or other chemicals used in mainstream soaps. My family and friends liked the soap so much that I started Goat Milk Soap by Meadowfly Farm in 2012 and began to sell my soaps. 



Working alongside my pet dairy goats, I use their compassionately-farmed milk to create a variety of all-natural, handmade goat milk soaps that appeal to everybody in the family. My soaps include ingredients such as Shea butter, coconut oil, avocado oil, and olive oil. I use natural preservatives, essential oils for scent, and natural colors such as lemon peel powder and olive leaf powder. All of our soaps have a lovely, creamy lather. Because each bar of soap is handmade, there will be slight variations from item to another which makes each bar unique!
Compassionate farming is my passion! I believe that healthy, content animals create the best products. My family owns and operates a micro-farm nestled in the woods of Maine. We live with compassion toward our animals, each other, and the earth. My animals are provided environmental enrichment in addition to plenty of human interaction. Unlike most dairy goat farmers, I feel that it is important for goats to have the experience of mothering and of learning to be a goat. I allow my mother goats to raise their kids. Most dairy goat farmers will separate the kids from the mothers immediately after birth, then milk the female goats and bottle-raise the kids. 
This allows the farmer to control how much milk the kid gets and how much milk the farmer gets. This may increase the amount of milk that those farmers get from each doe, but I feel that it is not in the goats' best interest. Out of compassion for my goats and by putting their needs ahead of mine, I am proud to work with my goats rather than around them. Each of my goats is a pet. They each have a name. I know the sound of their individual voices. My goats are happy, healthy animals. Because of this, they create healthier milk which makes the exceptional soap that I create. 
While providing my customers with exceptional goat milk soap, I am spreading knowledge about compassionate farming techniques. The health and wellness of my goats is held as more important than producing larger quantities of milk. By allowing goat kids to be raised by their mothers, I am providing both mother and kid goats with a better quality of life. I also educate my customers on the importance of good nutrition, environmental enrichment, and loving care for pets as well as farm animals. 

For too long, farm animals have been considered and treated like property. If a farm animal isn’t “earning its keep,” it was sold or slaughtered. Goat farmers have manipulated natural processes by not allowing does to raise their kids, given medications to the does to increase milk production despite the fact that this physically burdened those mother goats, and bred each goat every year until she died. In my opinion, these practices are wrong. In my experience, they are unnecessary. By educating my customers and sharing my knowledge. I hope to improve the quality of life for all farm animals.

I am thrilled to share my soaps and my message with my customers and online followers!

How would you like to have a bar of this wonderful soap? It comes in a cotton soap bag and I know you will love it! Go to Meadowfly Farms and check out all the different varieties, then come back here and leave a comment naming the kind of soap you would like. Your comment will be entered in a random drawing to win! Closes on March 31, Winner to be announced April 1st.





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40 comments:

  1. I think I'd like to win the honey oatmeal blend! Thank you for a great giveaway! However, I was most impressed with your compassionate farming methods and applaud your practices. My grandsons are fortunate to attend an outstanding farm pre-school where goats, alpalcas, chickens and horses are treated in the same humane way. The kids feed and care for the animals and use the eggs and milk in cooking.
    Thanks, Connie, for this guest post! I loved it!

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    1. It's great to hear that schools are doing things like this! Getting children to understand the importance of compassion is HUGE in making societal changes like this. Thanks for your support and kind words!
      :) Che

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  2. I'd love to try the Eucalyptus Peppermint Goat Milk Soap. I think that scent would help to wake me up in the morning.

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    1. Vanessa, it is a lovely, invigorating scent! I'm sure you'll love it!
      :) Che

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  3. I think I'd pick the Gardener Goat Milk Soap. It was a tough decision!

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    1. Kristi, thanks for taking a peek at the choices. The gardener is a necessity around here all summer!
      :) Che

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  4. I think the regular Goats Milk Soap would be great for me, although the Eucalyptus Peppermint sounds really good also.
    I also have allergies, and Fibromyalgia so I am very careful with what I buy.
    LindaB

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    1. Linda, I think the Pure soap sounds best for you! With sensitive skin, it's the best way to go to avoid problems. The milk makes it creamy and smooth and there aren't any added ingredients to worry about.
      :) Che

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  5. This was very difficult, but the maine blueberry soap!
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    1. Heather,
      I'm sure you've made a great decision!
      :) Che

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  6. Th honey oatmeal soap sounds wonderful. Thank you so much for your compassionate farming practices and for your inspiring blog!

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    1. Thanks for your support! I hope to keep spreading the message that compassionate farming is essential to our well-being!
      :) Che

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  7. Since we have goats ourselves, I'm partial to goat soap. In looking at her Etsy shop, I stopped right in my tracks when I saw "coffee." A dream come true for me - coffee goat soap. Love it. Thanks for the opportunity.

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    1. If you are a "coffee person," you'll love this soap! I have a friend who bought two bars, used one, and keeps the other on her counter so she can "take a whiff" whenever she needs a coffee fix. lol!
      :) Che

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  8. Yep! I agree that coffee soap is what I need! Maybe then I could cut back on the real stuff which I do rely on in the morning. Your farm and your beliefs are wonderful. I wish there were more people like you in this world -- I wish you much success.

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    1. Thank you very much for your kindness. It feels great to know that I can be proud of the work I do here, rather than trying to "hide" practices that others wouldn't like. I love being able to share what I do with everyone.
      :) Che

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  9. They all sounds wonderful. I am so excited to have found your products. I love your practices. Thanks so much for sharing it with all of us :) Oh I would like to try the Eucalyptus Peppermint Goat Milk Soap first ;)

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    1. Thanks, Diane! I'm glad you enjoyed learning about what I do here. I'm sure you'll love the Eucalyptus Peppermint!
      :) Che

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  10. The Wild Maine Blueberry sounds fab to me! I would love it! I have never used goat milk soap. Mmmm.......sounds good. :)

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    1. The Blueberry is so creamy! You'll love it!!
      :) Che

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  11. The Maine Wild Blueberry Goat Milk Soap sounds wonderful!
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    1. The Maine Wild Blueberry is a very popular soap! It's one of my favorites!
      :) Che

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  12. Pure Goat Milk Soap Please...! Pick me, Pick me, haha ! :) I have very sensitive skin and never heard of goat milk soap before...this is wonderful! :)

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    1. If you have sensitive skin, the Pure variety is the best one to pick! It's super gentle!
      :) Che

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  13. The wild maine blueberry sounds fantastic.

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    1. I think you can't go wrong with the Maine Wild Blueberry!
      :) Che

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  14. gardner goat milk soap sounds great
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    1. Angie, the Gardener Goat Milk Soap is fantastic when you have soil worked into your knuckles after working in the garden all day! You'll love it!!
      :) Che

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  15. I found this blog quite by accident and am I ever glad I did....
    I simply love it. I appreciate the common sence and compassion with which you practice you daily life....Oh yeah,I was about to forget the giveaway.
    Tough choice but I think I would love the blueberry!
    Have a blessed day

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    1. Tracy,
      Thanks for your kind comments! I'm looking forward to the day when these compassionate farming techniques are widely considered common sense and "the norm" for farming standards.
      :) Che

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  16. I'd loe to try the Gardener soap. Also, they have just the cute packaging ever!

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    1. Rachel, you'll love the Gardener soap! Thanks for your compliment on our packaging. That's a photo of my girl, Dory, who is a complete ham when someone has a camera pointed at her.
      :) Che

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  17. Gardener Goat Milk Soap please! Bekah

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    1. Hi Bekah, If you're getting started on your garden for the year, you'll definitely need our Gardener Goat Milk Soap!
      :) Che

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  18. I'd love to try the Pure Goat Milk Soap! :)

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    1. The Pure Goat Milk Soap is always a good way to go!
      :) Che

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  19. I would love the honey oatmeal! Thank you for the chance! Love your blog!

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    1. Stephanie, the Honey Oatmeal is one of our most popular soaps! You'll love it!
      :) Che

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  20. Thanks so much for this giveaway. If I am chosen I would love the Eucalyptus Peppermint Goat Milk Soap. Then I will have to buy the hand knit bag for the soap.

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    1. Donna - I'm happy to say that the giveaway includes the soap bag. So, if you are chosen, you will get both a bar of Eucalyptus Peppermint Goat Milk Soap AND a hand-knit soap bag.
      :) Che

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