Kassie Dwyer—Board of Director Candidate:
My name is Kassie Dwyer and I am hopeful
that you will support me in pursuing a position as an ALBA director.
Goats have been a part of my life since I was 14, and I can't
imagine life without them. I accompanied my sister to a goat farm,
where she was going to pick out a pair of Alpine kids. My sister was
always tiny and handling our 4-H cattle was hard for her; she she
got to get goats. When we walked into the kid pen, it was love at
first sight when I laid eyes on a chestnut and white, elf eared doe
kid. She instantly approached me looking for attention, and that was
that. I begged my grandparents, took $150 out of my savings account,
and a few weeks later brought home my first ADGA Recorded Grade
LaMancha, Jenny. I showed in 4-H and open shows until college,
building a herd around sweet and personable Jenny. I made the
difficult decision to sell my herd when I went to school, but began
building again as soon as I graduated acquiring genetics from
Greymantle Farm in Amherst, ME.
husband, Joe, and I, along with our 7 year old son, Joey, have owned
and operated Eden Farm in Athens, ME since 2011. AT the moment our
goat herd numbers 18, all LaMancha and Recorded Grade LaManchas. Our
primary focus for our herd is building show quality does, with our
secondary goal being milk excellence and production to support our
farm stand where we sell milk, cheese, pudding, fudge and soap made
from our girls' output. We attend as many Maine and New England
shows as we can during the show season, enjoying the time as a
family and with our extended "goat family".
I am a member of ADGA and ALBA, as well as the
Heart of Maine Dairy Goat Association (HOMDGA) where I edit the
quarterly newwletter; and Southern Main Dairy Goat Association (SMDGA).
I serve on ADGA's youth committee and as a 4-H leader. I enjoy
helping out by taking entries, creating catalogs, and serving as
show secretary for several area shows.
In addition to our goats and farm stand, we
have a grass fed cow-calf operation and raise our own pork, along
with chickens. I teach Junior High social studies and am the
Athletic Director at the local K-8 school, while my husband works in
construction. Yes, I'm very busy but I thrive on it! I would love to
further my involvement in the goat world, particularly with my
breed, by serving our association as an ALBA director. Thank you so
much for your consideration, and don't hesitate to contact me with