Address: 3152 Rosedale Court, Valparaiso IN 46385 / (219) 406-4658
About Us / St. Brigid's Farm History: Charles and Ellen Olson of St. Brigid’s Farm in Valparaiso, Indiana, are first generation farmers. They purchased a small 200-acre farm during the economic downturn and began raising meat birds and laying hens, primarily for their family's use. As a tight knit family with six homeschooled children, they decided to begin raising dairy goats, because the children love milk and cheese. But after attending Ken and Janice Spaulding's Goat School in Maine, the Olsons developed a real passion for goats and knew they wanted to focus their attention on raising these animals. “At that point, we built a 19th century-style timber frame barn, fenced in pasture, and away we went,” recalls Charles.\nSt. Brigid’s Farm encompasses 200 acres, with about 110 acres growing beans and corn, 80 acres in oak and hickory timber, and the rest comprising of outbuildings, a pond, and pasture. The farm itself was founded as part of the Homestead Act in the late 1800's, and the Olsons are the fourth family to own the property.\nCharles, Ellen, along with their children, raise registered Nubian dairy goats. The Olsons chose the breed because of its gentle nature and because it produces milk with a higher degree of milkfat than other dairy breeds. “They are typically noisier than other breeds as well, which is nice to hear when then are talking to one another in the pasture,” notes Charles.\nAccording to Charles, the health and welfare of the animals has always been the top priority on their farm – even coming before profit. “We don't want to be the farm that sells the most soap, we want to be the farm that has the healthiest herd of goats,” he says. “Before buying the goats, we spent nearly two years researching the best way to take care of them. Becoming Animal Welfare Approved was the logical step for us to ensure that we were doing things right – not just for our customers, but also for ourselves. I would just want to add that I am very grateful to the folks at AWA who are helping my family's farm. And if my goats could talk, they would thank you as well!”\nThe Olsons explain that their children have continued to play a big part in developing the business plan for selling goat milk soap. It has always been a priority for Charles and Ellen that their children learn how to properly take care of their farm animals, as well as to learn how money is made from the farm. “All the profits made from the selling of our goat milk soap will go towards helping to pay for their college education,” notes Charles. The family is currently developing recipes for various types of soaps, and several local stores have already agreed to carry the products. The Olsons also plan to sell the soap directly to the public once production starts.\nFor more information on St. Brigid’s Farm and where to purchase their AWA goats milk soaps, email email@example.com.