It’s been an exciting week here at American Micro-Dairies. To begin with, we’ve just received notice that we’ve been approved as a 501(c)(3), which means we can now accept tax-deductible donations! It has been a long road to achieving non-profit status and we are so thrilled to have finally passed this important benchmark. If you believe in what we’re doing and want to support small-scale dairy producers, please donate today—our appreciation knows no bounds!
Raw milk production and sales continues to be a pressing topic for small-scale producers. American Micro-Dairies exists to help small-scale producers make a living off their dairy endeavors, and for many, this means the sales of raw milk to their friends and neighbors.
As we all know, raw milk is a highly debated issue. Oftentimes, the “dangers” of raw milk are touted as the most significant reason for its lack of legality in so many states. Lucky for all of us, the Farm-toConsumer Foundation has come up with “Raw Milk University,” a series of webinars about how to produce raw milk in a safe and economically sound manner.
These webinars are for raw milk producers who want to learn what’s important in starting a raw milk dairy or improving any dairy and/or raw milk operation. The series gives participants the opportunity to learn from experts in the raw milk community and offers sessions specifically for cow producers and goat producers, as well as an Open Forum where attendees can lead the discussion and ask questions directly to the experts on any topic that is of concern to them.
These webinars were launched in January 2014 and will continue on with the following courses:
April 9th: “What and How to Feed your Raw Milk Dairy Cow and the Microbes She Lives On”
April 16th: “Spring Lactation and Kid Management for the Raw Milk Dairy Goat”
July 9th: “Milking Practices for High Quality Raw Cow Milk” and
“Milk Room and Milking Equipment Setup and Maintenance”
July 16th: “Summer Dairy Goat Management in the High Production Months of Lactation and Breeding”
October 8th: “A Holistic Review of the Raw Milk Dairy Farm and Tools Used to Properly Assess Quality and Safety”
October 15th: “Fall Dry Dairy Goat Management and End of Lactation”
April 16th; July 16th; October 15th: Open Forums
All webinars are held at 1:00 pm EST and run approximately an hour and a half with ample time for Q & A after the featured presentation.
Click here to register!
The third exciting bit of news for this week concerns the Vermont Farm Fund. For those of you unfamiliar with this organization, it was founded by Pete of Pete’s Greens in Craftsbury, VT, after a barn fire that occurred on his farm. In the aftermath of the fire, he was amazed by the support provided to him by his neighbors and his community. Donations poured in from all sorts of sources, allowing Pete to begin rebuilding earlier than he’d thought possible. Pete was so inspired by this outpouring of support that he pledged to “pay it forward,” enabling others to receive the sort of support he did. With his seed money and a partnership with The Center for an Agricultural Economy, The Vermont Farm Fund was founded.
This organization provides loans when farmers need it most: in the wake of disaster. In addition, the fund now offers innovation loans to help farmers and food producers capitalize their business ideas.
We bring this to your attention today because for those of you in Vermont, this is a valuable resource, a newly established form of support provided specifically for you. We encourage all of you to apply for an innovation loan, or if not, keep this foundation in mind in case of an emergency.
That’s all we’ve got for this week. We wish you a successful and smooth kidding season, lambing season, and calving season!