Angie Meyer and goats

Angie Meyer of rural Lyons pets a goat on the acreage where she and her family live. Meyer and her mom, Beth Reisz, make and sell hand-crafted goat milk soap. Meyer is a K-12 art teacher for Oakland-Craig Public Schools. Reisz is manager of Green River Garden Center in Verdigre.

Angie Meyer and her mom, Beth Reisz, are carrying on a family tradition.

Meyer, who lives southeast of Lyons, and Reisz of Creighton make Wildwood Goat Milk Soap. They also make goat milk lotion and bath cakes.

Their inspiration for the small business comes from Meyer’s grandmother, the late Margaret York.

“She was one of those farm women who would kind of do everything from milking the cows (twice a day) to gardening,” Meyer said.

York peeled buckets of apples from her prized orchard and made her own soap — meant to clean everything from pots and pans to dirty overalls.

Besides her work ethic, York left behind an example of faith.

“She gave all her glory to God and put him in every aspect of her daily life,” Meyer said. “Her actions mirrored this and I can only hope to be half the woman she was.”

One of York’s favorite hymns was “The Church in the Wildwood.”

“So the name for our soap business developed — ‘Wildwood Goat Milk Soap.’ One of our very first soaps, ‘In the Garden,’ was also inspired by one of her favorite hymns, ‘In the Garden,’” Meyer said.

Meyer appreciates being able to make the goat milk products.

“Hopefully, my grandmother would be proud,” she said.

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Tammy Real-McKeighan is news editor of the Fremont Tribune. She covers news, features, religion stories and writes the weekly faith-based, Spiritual Spinach column.

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