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.
MIKE FOSTER | Herd Manager
Mike grew up in a rural part of Central New York where his family raises Red Angus Cattle. His family focuses on producing genetically sound breeding stock for the herd improvement and sustainability of other farms’ herds. Mike has a degree in architecture from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY, which is situated on Seneca Lake, in the Finger Lakes Region of New York. In his time in Geneva he became attuned to the reas agricultural revitalization and its growth as a wine-producing region. He realized farming was an opportunity to contribute to the dialogue around land use and food production, and the saw the importance of this information coming directly from the source of both the land stewards and food producers.
In 2015 he moved to Boulder to attend CU for his masters degree in Art Practices. In his time away from his family’s small farm, he realized that a connection to the land and animal husbandry was an integral part of his life. He sought out Mountain Flower Goat Dairy as a way to fulfill this and contribute to the dialogue of land stewardship and food production here in Boulder. He sees his background in architecture and design along with his interests in land use and human geography as a lens in which to approach both farming and his art practice.
Kaylie has been an integral part of the Mountain Flower family since 2013. Over the years, she has helped out with visiting hours, birthday parties, summer camps, and countless volunteer shifts. In 2017, Kaylie officially joined the small team of staff on the farm, and continues to contribute her valuable educational and humane animal husbandry knowledge as a part-time farm hand. Kaylie grew up and currently lives in Berthoud, CO where she works on her own family’s farm, consisting of 13 goats. Most impressively, Kaylie wakes up in the wee hours of the morning to care for and milk her own goats before heading to work at Mountain Flower!
Kaylie graduated high school in 2017, and looks forward to attending the Colorado School of Mines where she will continue her education in actuarial science. In addition to her passion for goats and statistics, Kaylie enjoys hiking, board games, and going to the theater. We are excited to have her as a part of our small and dynamic team!
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.
Amanda has a passion for dairy and loves working with the MFGD team! She has devoted her career to strengthening local and public sector programs through self-sustaining funding and partnership models focused on environmental and public health movements. She brings 10+ years of non-profit fundraising and management experience in diverse projects from fundraising for a world renown environmental photographer to building the first Public Private Partnership at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland to representing Johnson & Johnson in their role as co-chair of the U.N. Secretary General’s partnership for innovation in women and children’s health. Since moving to Boulder in 2012, Amanda was the Executive Director of a non-profit building sustainable dairy enterprises in developing countries where she discovered her passion for dairy at the birth of a male calf in Kenya. Although raised in Manhattan, Amanda can typically be found just north of Boulder building her multi acre permaculture farm.
Don spent many happy days on his grandmother’s farm on N. Washington here in Colorado before it was developed. It was there that he experienced our relationship with the animals that support our lives. He is now a senior attorney in the Boulder, Colorado office of the Native American Rights Fund, working primarily in the areas of federal-Indian environmental and natural resource law. Don served as the Assistant Attorney General for Natural Resources and Special Projects with the Navajo Nation’s Department of Justice (`83-88). Prior to that he was the founding Director of Oregon Legal Services Native American Program (`79-83), served as a solicitor in the Indian Affairs Division of the Interior Department’s Solicitor’s Office in Washington, D.C. (`77-79), was Special Counsel to the American Indian Policy Review Commission (a joint congressional commission on federal-Indian policy) (`75-77), and was General Council to the Klamath Indian Tribe of Oregon (`73-75). He was appointed the J. Skelly Wright Fellow and Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School for the Spring Term of 1995. Don has been a Lecturer for the National Indian Justice Center, and served as President (1980-83) of the National Association of Indian Legal Services. Don is a 1973 graduate of the University of Colorado School of Law.
SALLY POWELL-ASHBY | Board Member
Her love of goats began at the ripe age six when she met baby goats at The Wild Animal Park in southern California. When she was 15, she lived in Switzerland and had the opportunity to fulfill her dream and become Heidi with her first goat; a beautiful, white Saänen. Returning to the U.S. to southern California at age 16 was made easier with the acquisition of two more pet goats. Over 40 years passed without goats in her life until she discovered MFGD 5 years ago. She became a member, a volunteer and is now serving on the board.
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.