After completing college and culinary school in Chicago and spending several years working in the food industry, Michael moved to Boulder and began teaching people how to cook. His work as a Chef Instructor, focusing on farm-to-table education, gave him the opportunity to begin to connect with local farmers and explore how food is produced and distributed. From there he worked as a growing intern for Growing Gardens in Boulder, spending a couple of seasons in the greenhouse, and in the fields, learning hands-on about sustainable urban agriculture. Michael has since joined the team at Mountain Flower Dairy where in addition to daily farm operations and herd health management, Michael is responsible for employee supervision, food safety protocol, volunteer programs, and teaches fermentation and cheese making workshops on the farm.
Madelynn moved to Boulder in 2013 just after graduating from University of California Santa Barbara where she studied Cultural Anthropology with a focus on Food Systems. While attending UCSB she began working on local farms, which ignited an interest in a more hands on agricultural learning experience. That interest lead her to Growing Gardens in Boulder, where she interned for two seasons, and then to Mountain Flower in 2013 where she began to volunteer during chores and assist education projects.
In 2014 Madelynn became our part-time education coordinator and in 2015 moved onto become full time staff and is now Herd Manager. Prior to becoming one of our full-time “goat-people” she was also the Market Coordinator for the Boulder County Farmers’ Market where she worked to support local agriculture and provide a space for the community to learn about where their food comes from.
Ryen is from Traverse City, MI where he grew up working on local orchards and vineyards. He has designed and established several vineyards, which aligned with his passion and respect for sustainable food production. Being surrounded by so many healthy ecosystems allowed him he opportunity to gather and produce a healthy portion of his diet, which has created a passion for quality food that he is excited to bring into Mountain Flower. After graduating from Michigan State University in the spring of 2016 with a degree in Geology, Ryen moved to Boulder to pursue parkour and free running with the local community. He is thankful to be apart of the Mountain Flower Dairy team and is excited to add dairy goat farming to his agriculture and food production skills.
Kallie grew up in Santa Cruz, California where she spent much of her time investigating the vast biodiversity of the coast, and redwood forest ecosystems. It was in these early years where she developed a deep sense of love and respect for both wildlife and the environment, understanding a powerful interconnectedness between humans, animals, and land.
in 2014 after graduating from San Francisco State University with a degree in Sociology, Kallie spent nearly two years traveling and working in Central America and across the United States, exploring various forms of farming, climate, and the human experience.
More recently, she spent several months in Costa Rica helping to manage a permaculture farm and rustic yoga retreat center which further deepened her passion of sustainability and education surrounding small-scale farming communities. Kallie moved to Boulder mid 2016 and is very grateful to continue her journey at Mountain Flower Goat Dairy, where she hopes to further her education on the inner workings of urban farming, while helping to promote kindness of all creatures, and intentional farming practices.
Erin moved to Colorado after 22 years “hard time served” in the harsh and unforgiving West Texas desert. Not wanting to lose touch with the Wild West heritage she’d grown to love, she set her sights northwest towards the Rocky Mountains and planted herself in Summit Country for two years. After that, she was accepted into grad school at CU Boulder and moved here to complete her Masters degree in Museum & Field Studies with a concentration in evolutionary mammalogy. She also holds a BFA from Texas Tech University in two-dimensional art and has evolved her unique professional and educational background into the visual communication firm Deadwilder Design & Illustration. Her passion for animal welfare, sustainable food production, and “farm therapy in general,” makes her board role of heading up the Mountain Flower marketing committee all the more meaningful and rewarding.
After over 20 years in DC, Tricia relocated to sunny Boulder in 2015. She discovered Mountain Flower Goat Dairy while she and her husband, Eric, were deciding on the next place to continue life with 3 teens. Goats and other animals were a large part of her childhood so having this fabulous dairy in her backyard has been a wonderful perk! Tricia brings to the Board her extensive experience in the hospitality industry including planning weddings and conferences as well as implementing youth programs and incentive travel. She spent numerous hours volunteering at her kids’ schools and coaching their various sports. Tricia has served on several non-profit committees and boards offering hands on service to improve fundraising through special events and strengthen programming to support their mission. She is currently an Events Manger with Bolder Events out of Denver where she runs non-profit events and galas. She and her family also founded Boulder PawPrints, a dog boarding and daycare service that keeps the whole family connected. She enjoys the great outdoors and exploring all corners of the globe with Eric and the kids (humans).
Shane was born and raised in Boulder, moving first to Westminster in 1998 and then to Longmont in 2005. Shane has been working at community banks in Boulder for almost 15 years. First, at the First National Bank of Colorado (formerly The Bank of Boulder) for 12 years; including roles as a Staff Accountant, Commercial Credit Analyst and Portfolio Risk Analyst. In 2012 she joined AMG National Trust Bank as a Portfolio Manager, and currently manages the entire Bank’s loan portfolio of more than $100 million in total loans as the Senior Credit Analyst. Shane and her family volunteer at Mountain Flower every Saturday night. (Shane is pictured here with her two daughters, Piper and Kaylie. Shane is on the left.)
Mountain Flower’s daily operations, employee supervision, herd-health, food safety protocol, volunteer programs, milk shares and education programs are overseen and directed by Taber Ward, J.D., Co-Founder and Board Member of MFD. Taber has a background in goat husbandry, farm management and a law degree with a focus on public health, food and agricultural policy. Taber also sits on the State of Colorado Farm to School Task Force and was appointed to the Boulder County Food and Agriculture Policy Council in 2014. Taber is now a Project Manager for CDR Associates in Boulder.
Jonathan has a long history with fine food and dining, as well as a Ph.D. in organic chemistry. Jon was a founding partner of Mountain Flower and was instrumental in ensuring food safety practices; designing, building and restoring the infrastructure on the farm; installing fencing; building the interior of our barn and milk room, and – of course – caring for the goats.
Mountain Flower Dairy is grateful to the Long Family for providing a space for our goats to live and thrive. The Long Family strongly supports preserving agricultural land, facilitating agricultural education and diversifying urban agricultural operations.
Boulder native Catherine Long Gates has been farming all of her life at Long’s Gardens. Beginning with three acres of land purchased by the Long family in 1916, the garden has changed and adapted over the course of nearly a century in Boulder. The family operation included a seed catalog as well as gladiolas at different times. When her father spoke of scaling back the business, Catherine refused. She eventually took over the farm and runs the now 25-acre business, famous for the irises along Broadway, with her husband, Dennis. When Catherine is not pounding fence posts or digging iris, she sits on the boards of Historic Boulder and the Silver Lake Ditch and Reservoir Co. Dennis Gates is a captain with Frontier Airlines and on his days at home is a partner with Catherine in Long’s Gardens, driving tractors instead of flying airplanes. Without Dennis, Catherine and the Long Family’s support, Mountain Flower Dairy would not exist. We are eternally thankful for this partnership.