Women at local farm make and sell goat soap

By Denise Coffey - Staff Writer
Killingly - posted Tue., Apr. 9, 2013
Michelle Lyon holds up Cara for one of her daily feedings. Photos by D. Coffey.
Michelle Lyon holds up Cara for one of her daily feedings. Photos by D. Coffey.

Life at the Lyon's Kingdom Kids Family Farm in Killingly pretty much revolves around a flock of knee-high Nigerian dwarf goats. Recently there's been a baby boom at the farm, which has put the Lyon family on high alert. Michelle Lyon has had to tend to a rash of births, and has cared for a doe who required an emergency c-section.

Unfortunately, the doe refused to accept her kids when she came out from under anesthesia, and Lyon had to take over. Now the two kids sleep under a brooder lamp in a play pen she has set up in her living room. Ten-year-old Nevaeh feeds them three times a day. Their rottweiler Mufasa protects them by pushing his body against anyone entering the house. And when they are old enough, they'll be let out in the pen with the rest of the herd where two alpacas tower over the brood.

“The alpacas are very protective,” Lyon said. As she watched from outside the pasture fence, a kid jumped on Cyrus, the smaller alpaca, as he lay on the ground. The creature was unfazed. Little baby goats, some weighing no more than a couple of pounds, ran and jumped on a series of stones in the pen. Their mothers let them.

For Lyon the farm is a dream come true. And so is the business she began with Susan Barry of Misty Highland Farm in East Killingly. The two “God-loving, goat-crazy gals” as they call themselves, joined forces to make old-fashioned goat soap. Now their products sell at area shops, farmers' markets and on-line. Soon they will provide soap to FoodWorks Super Natural Markets in Connecticut. The women use products from local farms to make the hand-cut, hand-wrapped bars. A full ounce of milk goes into each five ounce bar said Lyon. “Goat milk has the closest pH to human skin,” said Lyon. “That's what makes it a great soap.”

The care the goats receive can't hurt. Neither Barry nor Lyon will use milk from a goat until her kids are weaned. Both of them have passages from scripture prominently displayed on their websites. For Barry, it's Proverbs 27:23: "Be sure to know the condition of your flocks: give careful attention to your herds." For Lyon, it's Proverbs 12:10: "The righteous care for the needs of their animals, but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel."

The women are leaders in their local community, offering help and advice to children wanting to pursue 4H interests. They are careful breeders who strive for excellence in herd strength and conformity. Lyon serves as an alternate on the town's agriculture commission. She'd like to see farm-friendly ordinances crafted for residents. Both women would like to eventually host gatherings centered around locally produced, natural products. And if those gatherings are in the middle of birthing season, there just might be a couple of kids sleeping in a playpen set up in the corner.


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