Back in 2005 John & Vicky started looking for a place to call home. They knew they wanted a place to finish raising their children, two girls, and a place to grow healthy food. In 1990 Vicky was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and two years after also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. She also had a lot of allergies as did the youngest girl and they found that staying away from cow’s milk and processed foods helped them feel better and keep their brains clear of fog. Thru nutrient dense food grown on their property and raising their own meat they hoped to improve their diet and that it would help Vicky overcome her incurable diseases.
They found a nice little 5 acre piece in the forests of Washington state. Little by little they learned what they needed to make this little homestead thrive. Bringing their youngest girls herd of 6 Angora rabbits with them when they moved meant they had wonderful nitrogen rich manure for their garden, and later that fall they brought home a small spinners flock of Shetland sheep, a ram and two ewes, and two Alpine milking goats. In the spring they had lambs and baby goats to deal with as well as lots of Shetland fleeces to process and turn into yarn. The extra milk was turned into easy things at first like ricotta, panier, and chevre, then later cheddar and jack cheese.
Eventually those goats became a small herd and people started asking for milk and then cheese and Vicky thought it would be a good opportunity to start a licensed dairy since there was obviously a demand for minimally processed raw goats milk from people like her who couldn’t tolerate cow’s milk. They contacted the local WSDA representative and started a two year journey of saving for and building their own little dairy. In October of 2009 they finally were finished and passed their final inspection. They were open for business the next day! See more at Hansville Creamery.
The youngest girl is a wonderful spinner and started her own business Lindsey’s LAMMSpun Yarn (it’s not misspelled, it’s her initials) and made enough money to finish highschool (bought her own clothes and never asked for gas either) and put herself thru the first two years of college as well. She is now living on the east coast with her husband and finishing up her bachelors degree in communications, working full time, and expecting her first child. 2015 is going to be big for her!
The oldest girl is great with numbers and wound up putting herself thru college and landed a great job as an accountant for a local company. She married a few years ago, and is now a mother to three boys. She shares her mother’s love of fiber and is an accomplished spinner and crocheter as well as knitter. With three boys to chase around she rarely has time though!