Carolyn Ortega
From New Plymouth, Idaho
E-mail ccortega0203@gmail.com

Born and raised in Central California I had the opportunity to live on a small Farm with my family. We raised the typical chickens, dogs, horses, sheep and way too many cats. Growing up I was able to compete in various fairs to help show the family’s sheep, even though my passion was more deeply rooted in competing on the horses. It was the rodeo circuit and the horses that helped me get through college and kept my sanity through graduate school. Shortly after graduation I got married and moved to Northern Nevada where I became a stay at home wife and year later we were blessed with our first child. Although we enjoyed living in town my husband and I greatly desired to move back to the country.

Upon retiring from his second career, the Lord gave us the opportunity to finally move and He brought us to New Plymouth, Idaho. We brought our 5 children 4 dogs and quickly acquired some chickens, 2 bottle calves, 2 Boer goats and 3 turkeys on our little 7 acres. We were just missing the partridge in a pear tree.  Shortly after moving we joined the local 4H club and immediately got deeply involved. By the end of the first year I had become a leader in our 4H club for 6 different areas.  One of which was market goat, that quickly involved breeding goat.

This is our second year of breeding Boer goats and it has been another year of lessons. Through 4H I was introduced to some amazing local breeders who then introduced me to Snake River Meat Goat Association. Without the help of those in the SRMGA, we would have been lost. The wealth of knowledge that I frequently tap into has been such a blessing.  Last year, I had the opportunity to help out with some of the youth activities and I absolutely love to watch them grow and learn. Perhaps that is why I am still a stay at home wife and mother and love homeschooling my 5 children. It is exciting to help guide children to their fullest potential and give them a little extra responsibility to watch them grow.

I am looking forward to being a part of this group of wonderful people and be able to be a Youth Advisor.