Mickey Young, owner and developer of Silver Lining Herbs, has been deeply involved with animals all his life. After a rodeo career that spanned competitor (11-time NFR qualifier in rough stock), stock contractor (seven times to the NFR), as well as once as a NFR pickup man, Mickey began focusing on the vast herbal knowledge he’d accumulated apprenticing to his parents and on his own. This resulted in the creation of Silver Lining Herbs, a formalization of something Mickey had already been doing for years – supporting hundreds of his own animals and his friends’ animals with various custom blends of superb-quality powdered herbs. Through Mickey’s hours of endless study and hands-on experience there are now over 50 Silver Lining formulas designed to promote natural health for horses and dogs.
Today you can find Mickey out and about more often than in the office. His love for horses and dogs continues and when the toughest cases arise, his number is the one we call. He is still involved with team roping and enjoys the World Series finals as well as going to Rancho Rio in Arizona. You can often find Mick running his backhoe and dozer, taking care of his place, and sitting in on company meetings. He is active in his church and whole-heartedly supports this beautiful nation in which we live. He and his wife Lori enjoy spending time in Arizona in the winter, as well as spending time with their two kids and their spouses and their four grandchildren.
When it comes to horses and dogs, Mick has a lot to say. “All I know is this life would be pretty incomplete without horses and dogs. Horses are an incredible animal. They can pack the weight of a grown man and his saddle and all of his equipment. They can run faster than a cow, and if you rope the cow, you can dally and that said horse will stop a full grown bull, turn around, and drag that bull that might weigh 600 more pounds than he does.”
He continues, “They often times are asked to travel 50 miles in a day packing that man, and even farther. Put a little kid on them and a lot of times that little kid is taken care of and feels good about themselves all day. They will teach a kid respect and responsibility, and teach all of us patience and loyalty.”
“Today, more than ever, horses are demanded to be more athletic with less room for mistakes in a competition environment. They are living under some of the most trying times as far as health environments are concerned. In years past, horses have had the opportunity to graze on natural vegetation at some point during the year. Today however, most horses don’t ever get a chance to eat naturally grown vegetation. I feel a deep sense of responsibility to fulfill those needs to these incredible animals.”
“Where dogs are concerned, it’s been said that if you are not sure who loves you more, your wife or your dog, lock them both in your trunk for an hour and see which one is happiest to see you when you let them out. I say this in jest, but it demonstrates the intense loyalty and love of dogs. They, like horses, have an incredible sense of sight, hearing, and smell but above that a quick, correct, judgment of character. Its also been said if my dog doesn’t like you, you have a lot to prove to me.
I’ve had some good dogs in my life. And every one demonstrated a Christ-like love. I feel a responsibility to make their lives better by offering them an avenue to better health.”
The name Silver Lining was the same moniker that Mickey used on his professional rodeo company. When he sold his company, Mick retained the name and rolled it right into Silver Lining Herbs. The name implies that every cloud has a silver lining.
“When I discovered that everything we need to maintain health was available in the vegetation with God being the author, it was easy for me to embrace it. As time went on, I realized how much there was to know and how little I knew, but always, the herbs backed me up. Learning what I have learned about this incredible line of products has changed my life for the better. It has helped me through many intense situations, and helped countless horses and dogs maintain a positive health. I will forever be grateful for this opportunity.”
“Silver Lining Herbs, the company, is an incredible company, mainly due to the people that work there and the people who patronize our product. Both are the high end of humanity. It has been an incredible journey that has brought us to the point that we’re at now, and as this is being written, our business is experiencing a spike in growth, another testament of how good the products are. The positive environment at Silver Lining Herbs helps people to know the value it lends to all of humanity and the horse and dog world. We look forward to the future where everybody and every horse and dog has the opportunity to be embraced by God’s medicine chest i.e. herbs.”
Lori Young – Owner
Co-owner of Silver Lining Herbs, Lori Young, grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada. She was very much a city girl and was into fashion as well as sports. After college she was working during the week at a hotel and casino, and on the weekends she had another job as a waitress at a dance hall/saloon called ‘The Nashville’. One evening, Mick and a few of his friends came in after they competed at the Helldorado Rodeo. Lori happened to wait on them and soon after, she and Mick starting dating. After 2 years of long distance dating, Mickey moved to Las Vegas and began rodeoing from there. They were engaged for about six months and have been married for 42 years.
Mick and Lori have two kids – Shayna and Josi – who are as adventurous and active as their parents. Shayna enjoys dancing and is tremendously talented in all aspects of her life. She now lives in British Columbia, Canada with her husband and her two children. Josi grew up rodeoing and found a love for the sport of bareback riding. Josi has since retired from rodeoing and lives in Buhl, Idaho with his wife two kids.
Lori and her family enjoy camping, watching the guys compete at team ropings, swimming, tubing (both on snow and water), hosting and attending barbecues, working out and being festive for every holiday. If you come to Silver Lining Herbs’ Headquarters, you will find the office decorated for the upcoming holiday. Lori’s personal favorite is Halloween, and each year everyone in the office dresses up to help her celebrate this holiday fully. Lori personally loves decorating, gardening in the summer, and her all-time favorite thing to do is hang out with her grandkids.
When it comes to Silver Lining Herbs, Lori has a deep conviction for the product and their abilities. She says, “After 20 years of being in business, and hearing about so many testimonials, there is no way I couldn’t believe in the product. I have used every one of the products, and have seen with my own eyes how well the products work.” This knowledge has come with her personal experience with the herbs, but also from what she has heard from customers. “It is fun to hear from the customers how our product has helped their horse or dog. I never get tired of hearing about that… I am so thankful for the knowledge of herbs.”
With Lori in the office, you can count on it being a great day. She brings a light and enthusiasm with her to work and is always fair and kind to everyone that she employs. “All my best friends work here. They are all so fun to be around and they push me to be a better person.” As her coworkers and friends, we can say the same thing about Lori, and all that know her, love her. She is a huge reason this company cares about the animals like it does and is genuine, through and through.
“My favorite dog was Wiggles. She was such a lover. She would literally hug you and try to tell you that she loves you. Mick found her wandering around on our property one day, and nobody claimed her so we just kept her… she was such a sweet heart and we all still think about her every day!”
Josi Young – Owner/Research and Development
Son of Mickey and Lori Young, Josiah (Josi) grew up in Jerome Idaho, and moved to Buhl after high school. He rodeod through high school, college rodeod at the College of Southern Idaho and then also Idaho State University. Josi has always enjoyed working both ends of the arena and was one of few to do it successfully. By doing this he was able to win several All-Around titles. Josi eventually chose to professionally rodeo as a bareback rider because of the training he received from his dad who was an 11-time NFR qualifier in this event. If you couldn’t find Josi on the back of a bucking horse, you’d find him astride a gentler but just as explosive type of horse at the other end of the arena, team roping. Now retired from professionally competing, he continues to train team roping horses at his ranch in Buhl, Idaho where he lives with his family: his wife, Hannah, his son Bodi, and his daughter, Charli. Josi enjoys going to jackpot team ropings, hunting, shooting guns, and working out. As a family they enjoy spending time together, eating dinner together, traveling and exploring the outdoors (especially if it involves water and water sports).
Josi stepped into Silver Lining Herbs to oversee research and development as well as production. He enjoys the brainstorming aspect of our team meetings and likes looking to see how Silver Lining can continue to be on top of its game. One of his favorite parts of the company is that it is a family owned business who’s main objective is to help horses and dogs live a better quality of life. “I like hearing that we’ve helped someone’s horse or dog, because these animals are family to a lot of people.”
Josi continues by saying, “I love the people that work here. Everybody has the same mentality, they are good, honest, hard-working people, and you can trust everybody that’s in here. They are like family.”
Something that stands out to Josi is that he has been around SLH since it started. He has seen where it came from and how it has grown. “Now… no matter where I go, whether it is from Florida to Washington, I love hearing about the good experiences people have with SLH products… its fun to see that.”
Josi has had a lot of good horses over his lifetime, and if he had to guess, has owned somewhere in the neighborhood of 300 horses. One that stands out in his mind was named Wine Dot. He passed away a year and a half ago.
“He was one that my dad trained but I started riding him in high school and I qualified for the high school finals in the team roping on him and then I college rodeod on him and went to the college finals in the team roping on him. And then I went to my pro rodeo career and I qualified for my first circuit finals rodeo on him. I’ve been through every level of my rodeo career with him, and that will always be very meaningful to me.”
One family member that he couldn’t forget to mention is Dolli, a10 year-old dachshund, that is his “little buddy”. Although Josi’s wife, Hannah, may have had to talk him into getting a house dog, over the years she has become a family member.
Chance Schuknecht – Marketing & Sales Manager
Chance Schuknecht was raised and graduated high school in Iowa Falls, Iowa. His love for horses and a rodeo scholarship took him to Rapid City, South Dakota where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Equine Management from National American University. A college internship brought him to Buhl, Idaho where he worked along side Mickey Young, learning how herbs aid and support equine and canine health. Chance now oversees all of Silver Lining’s sales representatives and distributors.
“My brother got me started roping in the 8th grade and I rodeoed through high school and college. I’ve always loved horses and in college thought I wanted to be a trainer,” explains Schuknecht. “I worked for a reining cowhorse trainer and worked for Lisa and Grady Lockhart one summer. I got burned out and realized I would rather ride for pleasure than as a job.” A college friend, Dustin Luper, introduced Chance to the owners of Silver Lining Herbs, Mickey and Lori Young. Chance was offered a chance to do his college internship at Silver Lining and has been there since.
“Going into that experience, I wasn’t a supplement or herbal person, but this was a chance to stay in the industry and not have to ride every day. My internship was a life changing experience. It inspired me to take care of my horses.It made me think back to a mare I owned and all the problems she had like pulling back, and how she would dunk her hay in the water. We thought she was half crazy at the time, but after what I learned from Silver Lining, I realized she probably had some physical things going that needed addressing.”
What has resonated with Chance after working at SLH for 7 years is that the truth doesn’t change. What truly helps these animals goes beyond trying to place a Band-Aid on the wound and hoping it goes away, but going to the core of the problem. Chance feels that everyday he gets to help to truly make a difference in the lives of horses and dogs.
“We are truly like a family here. We all truly care about each other at the end of the day. We are involved on a personal level as well as a professional level. We all have each other’s backs and I love the people that I get to work with.”
“The products are also great. People ask me if they are the best products out there and I truly believe they are. I’ve seen a difference in my animals and I get comments from customers on a daily basis that reaffirm that it is the best product out there.”
Chance looks forward to attending the NFR every year and having that face-to-face connection. “I get to meet people that I’ve been talking to all year, as well as meet new people… it is definitely an annual highlight.”
Chance and his wife, Kyla have been married for over 10 years. They have two children, Austyn (7) and Wade (4) who are involved in every aspect of the horses and dogs that they own. Chores, training, feeding, it is all a family affair and the kids enjoy helping do their part. Chance and his family enjoy riding horses and teaching their kids horsemanship. “We love to wrestle, be together, enjoy the lifestyle that horses and country living offers. We go tubing in the South Hills every winter. We read a book every night together and always sit at the dining room table to eat dinner (except on Saturday nights when they watch a show together).”
Chance’s favorite horse is his wife’s sorrel mare ‘Derby’. “I love the passion that Kyla has for horses and so it is fun to see Derby take Kyla to a new level. Kyla had the work ethic and talent but Derby was the horse that helped her get there. That was a pretty rewarding thing to witness…” Chance enjoys starting these horses and then watching them have success knowing they are your home grown products who also become members of the family. “I’m just hoping one becomes famous one day because then I can say I was the first to take it around barrels.”
The best dog Chance has ever had was a blue heeler named Duece. Chance’s wife had her when they first started dating, and she ended up living for 17-18 years. “She was so loyal and so pleasing. She’d look at you with her big brown eyes and you couldn’t help but see the passion and love that she had for you. She was an extraordinary dog.”
The best advice that Chance gives his customers is to listen to what their animals are trying to tell them. “If we pay close attention, our horses will let us know when something is hurting or bothering them. Recently my head horse was swishing his tail through the corner. Obviously something is bothering him. We can ignore it, or try and figure out what’s wrong. I found my horse had sore kidneys,” explains Chance. “The kidneys are not protected by the structural system and the bars of our saddles sit over the kidneys. Then we’re asking our head horses to put that bend in his back going across the arena while pulling a 400 lb. steer. It’s no wonder they may not finish well, or might leave harder or not pull. A typical reaction for most people is to get after their horse. But we really need to take a minute and ask ourselves why it’s happening. The fact is horses by nature are willing and try to please us.” Some horses are more vocal than others. Those horses that hump up or flag their tail are horses that are trying to communicate with us, to let us know something is up. We should always be listening to our horse’s needs, but, now that we are able to rope for the large amount money available, and considering what our horses are worth, I think it’s very important to listen to what your horse is trying to tell you.” If we throw a saddle up on a horse and he pins his ears, he’s trying to communicate and we need to listen. I can sit at a team roping and see a 400 lb. guy on a little 14.2-hand horse or see a guy lose his temper and whip his horse these are some of the things that amaze me about horses. These horses show up every day and perform regardless of what they’re having to overcome. I’ve become very sympathetic to horses and realize that they are the coolest animals God has created.”
Jess –Social Media Marketing/Videographer
Growing up Jess would read The Working Horse magazine and dreamed of someday working for one of the horse health companies that placed ads in this magazine. In fact at 14 years old, Jess wrote in her journal that her dream job would be to “work for a company that helped to make horses’ lives better”. Originally Jess imagined that this job would involve writing articles for magazines and being a spokesperson through commercials, or possibly working in public relations. She couldn’t have imagined how close to her dream job she would get. Rather than writing magazine articles and being in front of the camera, Jess works behind the camera filming as our videographer and behind her computer screen on social media. And the best part she says, “I get to work not just for any company that sells horse health products… I work for THE company that does horse health best: Silver Lining Herbs.” Four years later, she has enjoyed telling the stories of people who care so much for their horses and dogs.
Jess found a love for horses on her grandpa’s cattle ranch in Hollister, Idaho. Growing up around horses and dogs, she found a love for the loyalty that they demonstrate. “I remember having conversations with my horse, Gaucho, in our pasture next to our house and feeling like he really was the best listener.” Her horse Gaucho was the one who taught her the most about horsemanship. She loves that to this day she can still go out to the pasture and jump on him anytime. “He is reliable and has been there through high school, college, marriage, and now being a mom. I really hope that he is still around to take my kids through youth rodeos and to be the same kind of friend to them that he was to me.”
Moving cows and branding season helped Jess to learn the discipline it takes to work hard and make your dreams come true, and it has translated into her job at Silver Lining. “I still feel privileged to wake up early and meet up with the horsemen and women we film. I feel blessed to rub shoulders with our customers who are down-to-earth people and often have a modest living, but they are going to be dang-sure they take care of their animals’ health. I am humbled when someone stops me because they saw Silver Lining’s leaf on my shirt and they express their gratitude for helping to save their horse, or that our products provided them with hope, and I realize that they have lumped me in with the goodness that Silver Lining has demonstrated over the years because of what I represent. And each and every time I walk into Mick’s office for a company meeting and see the sign on the wall, “DO THE RIGHT THING”, I know that Silver Lining Herbs emulates the same type of qualities that branding calves taught me to try to live my life by… wake up early, go to work, give it your best effort, thank your help along the way and don’t quit until the job is done.”
Jess’s favorite product is the one her horse needs at any given time. If she had to choose though, she would say the #37 Kidney Support, #24 Immune Support, and #13 Herbal Wormer, as well as the #44 Hemp Seed-Coconut Oil. “You might call me crazy, but sometimes I can just look at my horses now, and they’ll look back at me and its like they are saying, “You know what we need, so bring us our herbs”. It makes them feel good and I feel good giving it to them. Learning about these herbs through Silver Lining, has given me a whole different mindset and has changed the way I think about health. I wish I had started giving them a long time ago.”
Jess has been married for 5 years to her husband Stetson. They recently moved to Buhl and have a small farm and a few cows of their own. Their daughter, Jozee Rose, is 18 months old and loves horses, cows, her puppy Brix, the Netflix show, and being outside. As a family they enjoy working together, playing basketball, watching movies, playing a good backyard game of volleyball or softball and going four-wheeling. Jess also enjoys teaching basketball classes every summer to kids of all ages to help them improve on fundamentals and become more skilled players and has been doing so for the past 11 years. Jess’s favorite quote having to do with her professions of being a wife, a mom, in her church callings, and in her job at Silver Lining Herbs is, “Your profession is not what brings home your weekly paycheck. Your profession is what you’re put here on earth to do, with such passion and such intensity that it becomes a spiritual calling!”
Betsy Jenkins– Social Media
Betsy is the newest member of our team! Helping us with our dog line through social media, Betsy is smart and driven, and loves animals! Betsy and horses have gone hand-in-hand since she was little, especially draft horses, as her grandpa, Jim Knight, is the equine director at the College of Southern Idaho. “I have grown up with draft horses. My grandparents have had draft horses my entire life. My grandpa farmed with them and still takes them to the college for classes. I remember driving the team at the Twin Falls County Fair when I was about 5. One of my favorite memories was with our horse Duke. My grandpa would let him eat off the hay wagon and I would brush him and sit on him. He would let me do anything to him.”
Betsy has lived in the Magic Valley her entire life. She graduated from Filer High School and recently received her associate degree in Equine Studies.
Betsy enjoys spending time with her family. She has 5 siblings, three brothers and two sisters and they are all close and have good relationships with each other. She also has “the cutest little nephew” named Hyrum. “My family literally does everything together. Baseball games, archery, guns, camping, horse shows, the Twin Falls County Fair… And it’s not just my immediate family. My grandparents and cousins and aunts and uncles, we all love being together and we make every event a fun family gathering.”
Betsy also enjoys reading books and especially if it is something to help her continue to learn. She also loves music and plays a few instruments. She loves hunting, and anything outdoors.
Silver Lining has been part of her life for a long time. “Whenever we have had a problem with one of our horses, we have always called Mickey. I love that SLH is a local business. I love that I have the opportunity to promote quality, natural herbal supplements to help support our dogs and horses health. The coworkers are great. It’s a great atmosphere in the office and there’s always fun being had.”
Betsy believes that horses and dogs are some of the most understanding animals. “I love their loyalty and how they have the ability to truly connect with you.” Betsy’s favorite horse was Duke. He was a dapple grey Percheron draft horse and he would let Betsy do anything to him. Her favorite dog was Max. “He was a Black Lab and I convinced my parents to buy him for me at a fair when I was about 7 (with a few tears).”
Julie Watson – Secretary
When you first walk into Silver Lining Herbs, you’ll first meet the kind face of Julie Watson. Julie has been with us from almost the beginning (just about 18 years). Overseeing all office activity is a busy job and involves wearing a lot of hats, which Julie handles well. She also offers great insight on products and branding that comes from years of experience.
Julie grew up in Buhl, Idaho, but has traveled almost her entire life. She loves learning the history of different places and fondly remembers traveling to the East Coast, Mid-West, as well as Europe. Julie and her husband have 5 kids (3 boys two girls) and now also have 20 grandchildren. Julie’s favorite pastime is chasing all of these kids and grandkids to the activities they are involved in. Most often they are athletic events, and rain or shine, you can find Julie there, and sporting a grin and encouragement. Julie had all of her kids by the young age of 23, and is therefore a young grandma, who absolutely loves being active in her grandkids lives. If we are being honest, we all wish Julie was our grandma! Julie enjoys spending holidays together as a family, camping, grandkids night, photography, drawing and doing crafts, and in another life she would have liked to have been an art teacher.
As we stated previously, Julie has been with Silver Lining almost from the beginning. She met Lori because they both cleaned houses. Mick and Lori were just starting their business and they started to grow and Lori asked Julie if she was interested in a job. “I started by answering the phones, and started in an office in their house… when they were gone I would take orders. From the house they moved to a building by their house and we were there for a few years… and then we came to town to the building we are in now.” Julie remembers the days of rolling product in an ice cream bucket, a barrel and packaging the mixtures in zip-lock baggies. It has changed drastically since then.
“I like SLH because I feel like part of a family. I have good friends here and I love the atmosphere. It is laid back but everyone is also driven at the same time. I enjoy coming to work every day. There is honesty and integrity here and there is a love from our bosses that we feel. You know that they care.”
“One of the most amazing products that people don’t realize how great it is is the #16 Power Dust. I’ve seen what it can do and I just think it is a miracle what it can do for animals.
Growing up Julie had a dog named Taco, and then during her kids childhood years they had a black lab named Rocky. Rocky was a great guard dog and grew up with the kids. It was comforting knowing he was always there for us a family.
Joy Clements – Office Assistant
Just like her name, you can always count on Joy to put a smile on your face. She is helpful in every way! She has been with Silver Lining Herbs for 12 years, and that experience really is invaluable to running the company smoothly.
Joy grew up in Kimberly, Idaho and then moved to Buhl, Idaho with her family of 6 kids. Being outdoors was a regular activity for their family and they came to love camping, fishing, hiking, and snowmobiling. You can also find them playing board and card games together, and she has admitted to it getting pretty competitive (but all in good fun). Joy now has 9 grandsons who she loves with her entire heart and tries to see often.
When asked about Silver Lining, Joy spoke with conviction for all aspects. “I believe in the product, I love the company, I love animals and I love that it helps their health.”
Like others have said, Joy also agrees that the work environment is amazing. “It feels like a home away from home and the coworkers feel like family.” On the phone answering questions and placing orders for customers, Joy says that the phone calls she really enjoys are the ones where people have called to just say how grateful and satisfied they are with the product and with the result, and that she receives these calls almost.
Joy’s current and favorite dog is named Bo, who is 7 years old, and is just happy. He loves attention, and is a comforting companion to Joy and to her family.
Lisa Jacobson – Office Assistant
Working at Silver Lining Herbs for almost 15 years, Lisa is another crucial part of the system that keeps Silver Lining going and successful. Lisa grew up in a little farming community called Lyman outside Rexburg, Idaho. She graduated from Madison High School and attended and graduated from Ricks College (now BYU-Idaho) with an associate degree in Secretarial Work.
Her first job out of college was as a new accounts secretary at Idaho Bank and Trust in Rexburg. A teller set her up on a blind date, and that’s how she met her husband and 39 years later have built a beautiful life together. They milked cows, farmed, had 200 head of sheep and 6 children while living in Swan Valley Idaho, but due to developers buying up property they decided to sell and moved to Buhl in 1995 with their 6 children and 150 head of milk cows.
They have established roots here in the Magic Valley and have since built up to a 600 dairy cows, as well as added over 500 acres of farm ground that they farm with their oldest son. Lisa does all the books for their dairy and farms, and is landlord for 6 rental homes. In addition to their 6 children they have 19 grandchildren all under the age of 12! If that doesn’t tell you they are busy, we don’t know what would!
They love big family parties and Lisa hosts a New Year’s Eve party, a big Easter Egg Hunt, a 4th of July party (a favorite in their family), a Halloween party, and a Christmas party, with several other get-togethers in between. Being together has created some of the fondest memories for Lisa.
On a quieter note, Lisa enjoys the evenings spent with her husband watching Hallmark movies, or reality TV shows. They also like to travel together, when they can get away, and their biggest adventure is when they went for 3 weeks to Australia, New Zealand and Figi!
About Silver Lining, Lisa said, “I love working for Silver Lining, it’s the best place you can work. My favorite part is the people I work for and with. Working for Lori is a pleasure, and the people at work have become some of my best friends.”
“When I take orders over the phone it is fun to talk to the customers. Probably one of my best memories is when one of our distributors found out she was having twins, we made an instant connection because my 3rd and 4th babies were twin boys. It was fun to talk to her and share that experience with her, and I think that happens quite often with other customers and employees here… as you build a relationship with them, you come to relate to their experiences and care about them.”
Lisa’s favorite animal growing up was a big St. Bernard named Max that her mom raised on a bottle from a baby. He would almost look you in the eye, and loved to bark and sniff at Lisa’s dates when they would bring her home. While living in Swan Valley they had a Great Pyrenees dog named Doogie, he was a guard dog for their sheep. “We loved that dog. Every time I see a Pyrenees I think of our sheep and our time living in Swan Valley.”
Jim – Production Manager
Our Production Manager, Jim Reaman was born in Boise, Idaho, and raised in Kuna, Idaho. Since leaving home at 18, he has lived at 29 different addresses and has learned to like to explore the places he has lived. Jim could be described as a wanderer. He has been a primitive survival instructor working with youth at risk. He continues to explore and once a year takes time off to do just that, often surviving out in the desert with very few supplies and living off of the land. Jim understands the land and what it has to offer, and has a talent for appreciating ever part of our earth. He likes collecting rocks, sticks, and bones, and grows gourds that he dries and creates items with as well. He plays the harmonica very well and recently learned to play the tin whistle.
Jim and his wife Lucy have been married for 27 years. They met when he was living in a converted horse stall. They met on New Year’s day and were married shortly after in February, 1992. They now live in Buhl and enjoy working together and feel that they compliment each other’s work habits and strategies. Jim enjoys working at Silver Lining Herbs because, “I like the solitude of coming to work with a small company/ small group of coworkers and Mick and Lori trust us to have free rein to run the warehouse and do production. As far as quality of product goes, Jim says, “I know we buy the best possible herbs that we can, and I know the work that is put in to each product.” Jim has been with Silver Lining Herbs for 9 years — the longest place he has ever worked and lived. Jim’s coworkers know that they can always count on Jim for a listening ear, and an engaging conversation, as well as some good laughs. He is a good friend and loyal to those that know him.
Jim and his family had horses when he was growing up. Angel was one in particular that he remembered. She was a Shetland pony that was pure white and gentle as can be. Jim also thought he wanted to have a rodeo career until the first time he rode a calf and it laid down on him… that was the end to his rodeo career. They also had a dog named Heidi that could climb trees. “She would chase the squirrels up the apricot tree… causing great distress in the squirrel community!”
Lucy – Production Technician
When it comes to keeping things organized on the production side of Silver Lining, there is no one better than Lucy, and she has been invaluable the last 4 years she has worked at Silver Lining Herbs.
Lucy was born and raised in Buhl, Idaho with her seven siblings. She graduated from Buhl High School and then from Ricks College (now BYU-Idaho). She and her husband Jim (who also works for Silver Lining Herbs) have been married 27 years. They enjoy spending time together at work as well as doing other acivities. Coming to work at 5:30 a.m. is not so bad as they are able to have some “great life discussions”.
Lucy really enjoys the simple things in life. She likes to read, do puzzles, be outside, and be at home. Every single summer she reads the Harry Potter books. She enjoys spending time with her nieces and nephews, and as she gets older with her nieces and nephews children.
“We had pets while growing up, mostly dogs and cats,” but animals of all kinds were loved in her home while growing up. Baby animals have always been Lucy’s favorite.
Cynthia – Production Technician
Cynthia was born and raised in Buhl, Idaho and has lived here almost her entire life. She did live back east in New Hampshire and worked in Massachussets for a couple of years, but moved back to Buhl afterwards. Cynthia and her husband have 4 kids, who keep them very busy! Her oldest daughter (Kass) will be 17, her son (Dan) will also be 17, then there is her son Justin who is 16, and her youngest daughter, Rileigh, is 13. Four teenagers and they keep her on her toes. “I like to do what my family likes to do. I’m a mom and love being a mom. I mostly hang out with the kids and am involved in the activities they are doing…sports, camping, fishing, hunting and traveling.” As a family they love going to the Oregon coast and spending time by the ocean. Their favorite place to camp is Stanley and do this every summer. Sometimes they’ll ‘rough it’ or sometimes they’ll stay in a cabin… they love it either way.
Cynthia’s husband is retired military, and they met at a flag football game and have been married for 5 years. Before Silver Lining, Cynthia worked in the medical industry for 25 years. “I quit because I didn’t believe in them [medicine] anymore… but I can believe in Silver Lining Herbs’ products. I like Mick and Lori because of their values and ethics and I like this company for the same reasons. I believe in the products and I’ve seen what they can do, and I like working for a company that I can trust and believe in.”
Cynthia has had dogs her entire life, and they have either been a poodle or a lab. Her current dogs are a poodle (Frank) and a lab (Badger) who are important parts of their family. Cynthia’s poodle is on #20 Keep Cool and her lab is on #18 Joint to help support his joints as well as on the #13 Herbal Wormer because he likes to eat rodents.
Laura Jacobson – Quality Control
Laura has been with Silver Lining for just about a year, and has been a great addition to our crew. Laura grew up in Twin Falls, went to the College at Southern Utah University as well as the College of Southern Idaho. She taught English in Japan for a semester of College and then graduated with a degree in ???. Laura and her husband Zac met in college on a blind date (yes those do work sometimes). They now have four kids ages 11, 8, 5 and 1. They live on a farm in Castleford, Idaho where they grow corn and hay.
As a family they enjoy camping, traveling, and doing lots of activities with the kids and just being involved with all that they do. They have Friday movie night every week and love spending time together doing that. Laura likes to read historical fiction, likes yard work, and likes spending time with sisters and mom. She and Zac are currently saving to take their kids on a trip to see the ocean for the first time!
When asked about Silver Lining, Laura says, “I’ve been a stay at home mom for ten years, and so I like coming and connecting with other people and I enjoy associating with my coworkers. I also enjoy learning new things about quality control and being part of a company that has products that have value for people and their animals. Mick and Lori and Josi treat their employees really well, and it is nice to come and be valued.”
Growing up Laura always had horses and her grandparents had what they called, “the horse pasture”. They would ride their bikes over to this pasture and they’d make forts in trees where and be around the horses. They also enjoyed being pulled on a sled in the snow by the horses and Laura has many other great memories with them.
Gretchen Montgomery – Accounting
Gretchen, was born in Jerome, Idaho and raised on a farm overlooking the Snake River Canyon on the northside in Wendell, ID, but went to school and church in Buhl. She left only for a few years to live in Salt Lake City, Utah while she attended the University of Utah, and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management.
Gretchen married her husband Chad and they now own a home in Buhl overlooking the Snake River Canyon on the southside. Gretchen and Chad went to the same high school and become friends his Senior year and Gretchen’s Junior year when he was a teacher’s assistant in her PE class. They got to know each other and became friends. Eventually, one day at church, Chad’s mother, brother and sister invited me over for Sunday dinner, which Gretchen thought was weird, until they told Chad to go show Gretchen the pigs. It was definitely a setup, but it worked! Shortly, after that they started dating. Chad proposed while Gretchen was in her Freshman year at the University of Utah and so began a long engagement while Gretchen finished school. Chad offered to sell his cows and move to SLC, and that’s when she knew he truly loved her because he despised big cities and loved the country and his cows! After being engaged for almost 4 years, they were married 28 hours after Gretchen graduated. They’ve been married for almost 26 years now…. and she can’t believe how fast time goes!
Chad and Gretchen have four children; Morgan age 21, Garett age 19, Autumn age 17 and Meghan age 14. They are very involved with their schooling, sports, and church activities, as well as squeezing a family vacation in between cows, farming, and all of the other activities. Their family loves all kinds of babies! Gretchen thinks that the reason they have so many dogs is because Chad can’t resist puppies. Currently, they have 5 dogs, and 5 puppies; all are either blue or red heelers. One of Gretchen’s very favorite dogs ever was Scooter, who was also a Heeler. They rescued him from a pound and Gretchen believes he genuinely loved them for that! They took him camping and he was a great camp dog, watching over and protecting them all! Living on a farm, they also have lots of cows, horses, pigs and chickens. They love to eat food that they raise; beef, pork and chicken, and in our large garden and orchard they grow vegetables and fruit. Many hours are spent raising, preparing and preserving food for their family.
When asked what she does in her free time, between the duties on the farm and home, her job and all the fun activities the kids are in…. she says, “I DON’T HAVE ANY, so I wouldn’t know”.
Gretchen loves working for Silver Lining because she loves the people that work there! She says, “It is truly like a family. Mickey and Lori are two of my dearest friends and I love working for them. They have hired people that they know and love so it’s truly working with the Young’s extended family.” Her favorite moments with coworkers are when they are enjoying one another’s company at one of the many company parties that Lori hosts. “Lori is the BEST at party planning! I look forward to her various parties all year, maybe almost as much as she does!”
Gretchen doesn’t have a favorite herbal product, and wonders how could you possibly pick just one! The ones she uses the most are 9 Inflammaid, #12 Feet & Bone, #18 Joint Support, #22 Respiratory Support, #24 Immune Support #25 INF-X, #37 Kidney Support #40 Equisalve, #61 Joint Rub, and #62 Muscle Rub. Gretchen loves herbs and found that love from her Grandmother who is her hero. She has passed on now, but taught Gretchen to look for healing in natural products, not fabricated. “She often used herbs and oils to help heal any aches, pains or illnesses I suffered as a child. I remember her taking me to visit Mickey’s mother in Jerome at her herbal store when I was about 8 years old… I wouldn’t even know who Mickey was until several decades later. “
Gretchen’s favorite quote is “Decisions determine destiny” by Thomas S. Monson. “I believe that if you want to live a long and healthy life you have to make good decisions and that is why I love incorporating Silver Lining Herbs in my daily regimen as my beloved Grandmother taught me.”
Matthew Jacobson– IT Supervisor
If you have read this far down then god bless you. You definitely need to find something else to fill your time with. You will be highly rewarded though, since we saved the best for last.
Matthew Jacobson, brings looks and personality to whatever team he is on. He moved to Buhl Idaho when he was a young kid. 10 years old to be exact. He grew up on his family owned dairy.
Matthew has been around horses his whole life. When he was in his teens, his father got into the horse breeding business for a while, so he spent a good amount of his time training and working with young horses.
He attend and graduated from Buhl High School. Then he continued his education and graduated with a bachelors degree in computer science. After graduation he started working for Silver Lining Herbs as their IT specialist in the year of 2016.
He meet his wife in the fall of 2006, and they where married in the spring of 2007. Matthew has four kids, two boys and two girls, who keep him on his toes. Along with a small active family, he also has two beagle dogs, Cosmo and Nova, that he enjoys spending time with. He loves spending time with his wife and kids, and enjoys being a father and a husband.
Told you the best was last. Now I beg of you, go do something else more productive with your time. Thanks for reading!