MIKE FOSTER | Director of Farm Operations
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 areas 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.
TAYLOR CLAY | Program Manager
Taylor grew up in Michigan and moved to Colorado in 2010. She has been living primarily in Telluride for the last 9 years, and moved to Boulder last October. She has lived in many countries around the world and speaks English, French and Spanish. She has a BA in Anthropology and an MBA in Sustainable Business, where she focused on regenerative agriculture.
She has worked on many organic farms across Europe, and fell in love with goats while she was volunteering on a biodynamic farm in Serbia. An animal lover to the core, her favorite childhood memories are summers on her aunt’s farm, communicating with her family’s dogs, and picking frogs out of ponds. She has personally experienced the amazing healing and grounding abilities that animals possess, and feels very lucky to have the opportunity to facilitate human-goat interactions on the farm.
Along with her passion for regenerative agriculture and animals, Taylor is an artist and a musician. She is inspired by nature, writing songs and creating paintings which center around natural cycles, plants and animals. She loves being outside, foraging for wild plants and mushrooms, rock climbing and hiking. She is excited to share her love of nature with all who visit Mountain Flower!
JULIE MAUGENDRE | Farm Hand and Milk Program Assistant
Julie moved to Boulder from France with her husband and her cat Jupiler 2 years ago. Julie’s husband is a postdoc in Science, while has a background in arts and tourism. They have lived together in several cities in France, but mostly in Paris, where Julie was a career adviser for a couple of years before moving to Boulder.
During the summertime in France, Julie helped to manage her cousin’s dairy cow farm while her cousin took some time off . This small farm is home to 25 dairy cows that produce milk for Abondance cheese. The farm sits in the beautiful region of Vallée Verte (meaning Green Valley) and is located near the French/Swiss border in the Alps.
In her free time, Julie likes traveling, cooking, movies, and going to art exhibitions. She loves taking pictures, but most of all, she really enjoys working outside with Mountain Flower Goat Dairy’s wonderful goats!
COREY LANS | Farm Hand
Corey was raised in agriculture, spending summers in Chadron, Nebraska as a family farmhand. He helped tend a variety of livestock, with a preference toward dairy goats, and participated in 4H programs and county fair competitions.
Corey attended school in Grand Junction, Colorado, taking courses in biology and agriculture, and participating in the Grand Junction High School Academic Team.
In 2016, Corey moved to Boulder and was immediately attracted to Mountain Flower Goat Dairy as an opportunity to continue working with animals in an urban setting and to educate the public on sustainable and organic farming practices.
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 Manager 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).
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.
L.S. (a.k.a. Lisa) Gardiner brings her extensive experience with informal education programs, nonprofits, and fundraising to the board of directors. She has volunteered at the farm doing chores for two years – feeding goats, moving them to and from the pasture on leashes, and raking up a lot of the nitrogen-rich fertilizer they produce.
When she was in high school and college, she taught at an educational farm near Boston where urban and suburban visitors learned where food comes from. This cemented her fondness for combining teaching, animals, and the environment.
For the past 15 years she has been writing and illustrating museum exhibits and websites about climate, weather, and other varieties of environmental science and developing education programs at the UCAR Center for Science Education in Boulder. L.S. holds a BA and PhD in geology and an MFA in creative nonfiction writing. She is the author of Tales from an Uncertain World: What Other Assorted Disasters Can Teach Us About Climate Change and is the illustrator of NASA’s Elementary GLOBE book series.
Sara grew up on a farm outside of a small town in Northern California before attending the University of Oregon (Go Ducks!) for her B.S. in Psychology and Political Science. After working for political campaigns and advocacy organizations around the country for almost 10 years, she moved to Boulder to complete her MBA in Marketing and Entrepreneurship at CU. Sara found MFGD after taking a self-proclaimed “city kid” co-worker to goat yoga and fell in love with the goats and our mission. Sara hopes to continue to build MFGD as a way for the Boulder community to connect with agriculture and animals right in their own backyard. When she isn’t helping athletes and entrepreneurs grow their businesses during her day job, she can be found near a tall, red-headed mare named Ginger.
Bridget grew up outside of Philadelphia. She moved to Boulder in 1997, fell in love with the mountains, and knew this was the place for her! After learning how to groom dogs and cats in 2000, she owned and operated her own pet grooming salon for several years.Bridget currently lives in Louisville. She grooms part time and teaches chair yoga to senior citizens. She likes to spend as much time as possible outdoors skiing in the winter, and hiking and biking in the summer. Bridget and her husband currently reside in Louisville, CO.
Bridget discovered Mountain Flower Goat Dairy in 2017 through the goat yoga program and was gifted a goat sponsorship by her husband which gave her a behind the scenes look at MFGD practices. Coupling her love for yoga and goats, she became a yoga teacher for MFGD classes. Bridget joined MFGD’s Board Committee in 2019 in order to contribute even more. She is looking forward to helping out with events and fundraising for Mountain Flower Goat Dairy.
Prior to moving to Boulder, Jessica spent the majority of her life overseas in Hong Kong. With a father that works in the agriculture and livestock industry, and a mother who is a healthy foods advocate, Jessica developed a strong passion for working in the food industry. After spending 3 years in Washington DC working on public relations and policy for major food and grocery companies, she has come to Boulder to earn her MBA with a focus in marketing. Jessica hopes to use her MBA to foster food innovation in Boulder and help small companies in the natural foods industry grow. She is thrilled to be working with Mountain Flower Goat Dairy and looks forward to expanding her knowledge on animal welfare and sustainable food production.
As a CU Boulder Leeds MBA Board Fellow, she will aim to raise awareness for Mountain Flower Goat Dairy and its mission through social media. Outside of school, Jess can be found in the mountains with her two rescue pups, Ellie and Skye. She sees her life as essentially one extended dog walk and loves it.
Ashton is a Boulder girl, born and raised. After spending four years in Texas for college, she worked for three years in hospitality at Walt Disney World in Orlando. At Disney she developed her leadership and interpersonal communication skills, and most importantly her drive to help people. She moved back to Colorado in 2017 to follow her passion for cooking and completed her professional culinary certification in Denver. Ashton is now a first-year MBA student at CU Boulder, focusing on finance and marketing. In the future she hopes to work in brand management and continue to participate in the non-profit space to support local farming – a subject she became very passionate about during her time in culinary school.
She is so excited for the amazing opportunity to work with MFGD as a CU Leeds Board Fellow to help cultivate sponsorships. She brings her enthusiasm for local and organic farming as well as her passion for animals. She recently participated in her first ever goat yoga session and can’t wait for another opportunity to practice her yogi skills. In her spare time, Ashton loves to check out new restaurants in Denver, and she loves to be up in the mountains, either skiing or enjoying the changing aspen leaves.
Taber Ward founded Mountain Flower in 2012. Her vision was to create both an agricultural community space and working farm in the heart of Boulder. Taber put protocols in place to ensure sustainable animal husbandry and rotational grazing, natural herd-health practices, volunteer opportunities, raw milk shares, community education offerings, and youth programming. Taber’s ultimate goal was to bolster the conservation efforts of the historic Long’s Gardens property by supporting its legacy of viable urban agriculture and land stewardship. Taber has a background in goat husbandry and farm management and a law degree with a focus on public health, food and agricultural policy. Taber is now an Instructor at CU-Boulder and a Program Manager for CDR Associates, an environmental mediation firm, 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.