Today we’d like to introduce you to Michelle Lyon.
Michelle, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I am the wife of Joshua and a mother of four. I have been raising dairy goats for over 15 years. I live in the quiet corner of Connecticut on our 85-acre family farm.
My story started with a sad beginning of a little baby goat dying shortly after I got him, but that led me to meeting a wonderful gal who helped me with getting a new companion for my other baby goat. We hit it off immediately sharing our same interests, and she is now my soap business partner, Sue Barry. We have been making amazing goat milk soap for 7 years with our products available online, and offered in over 30 stores all over the US. We are both believers and know that God is responsible for our success, our mission is to spread The Gospel one bar at a time.
Most would say, I am obsessed with goats, as we also offer goat yoga on our farm. Goat yoga blends the relaxation of yoga with the healing benefits of pet therapy! We have approx. 2-3 classes a month and it’s awesome to witness 30+ people laugh and smile for 1.5 hours, possibly forgetting any troubles they might be going through.
I also have a side “love” project that is called Flower Crowns & Tutus where I work with Margit Fish, a photographer who coincidentally is my veterinarian’s daughter. We dress up all my goats in gorgeous tutus and flower crowns and take whimsical photos that are guaranteed to make you smile, which is my mission!
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Farming is not for the faint of heart. There are so many wonderful aspects like experiencing the joy of birth and new life. You are the recipient of unconditional love from these beautiful animals. They are fun to be around and all have different personalities.
You do have the downside to farming which includes death and sickness. Having to make choices when an animal is suffering and making the decision to set them free of the pain.
Finances play a factor! The one main and most important ingredient in our soap, costs us approx. $15-18,000 to sustain both farms with feed, hay and veterinary care. This is not including the typical expenses that arise running a working farm, fencing, etc.
Please tell us about Sparrow Soaps.
I think I, myself, am known for my connection with goats in so many areas. As explained previously, many avenues in my life are centered around these goats.
Our soap company is very well known for offering a great bar of soap that is not only good for you, but is a great value as it is made with top quality ingredients and lasts a long time. We take special efforts when packing and shipping our orders so that each and every customer knows how much we appreciate them. Every order is wrapped like a gift with extra goodies!
Do you think there are structural or other barriers impeding the emergence of more female leaders?
Honestly, I have not faced any barrier with what paths I am choosing! If I had to give one, it would most likely be the fact that my faith is at the forefront on whatever I do. Some folks in the industry have expressed that I am narrowing my market with my boldness, but I give God all the Glory, so omitting him from my business marketing is never an option for me.
- Website: www.SparrowSoaps.com
- Phone: 860-428-8053
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sparrowsoaps/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SparrowSoaps/
- Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/SparrowSoaps/
- Other: https://www.flowercrownsandtutus.com
Margit Fish-Full of Whimsy Photography, Lisa Nichols – Right Click Photography