The following is an introduction by Sarah Dobec, IHN’s Nutrition and The Environment instructor:
MICHAEL SCHMIDT: RAW MILK, BIODYNAMIC FARMING AND THE FREEDOM TO CHOOSE.
“Bernard is right; the pathogen is nothing; the terrain is everything.” — Louis Pasteur
Michael Schmidt has a master’s degree in agriculture and has been a biodynamic farmer for over 33 years. Born in Germany, he came to Canada in 1983 and has been instrumental in massive changes towards the awareness of the cultural importance of agriculture. He is leading the fierce battle to legalize raw milk in Canada. He has been making headline news across Canada ever since and has received international recognition for his efforts to legalize raw milk.
July’s first IHN Guest Speaker talk will introduce you to the man and his mission. Michael’s wish to change Canadian laws that prohibit the sale of unpasteurized milk and by extension preserve our individual rights was made into a documentary called “Milk Wars”. The documentary recently won the prestigious James Beard Foundation Award (The Oscars of the Food Industry) in New York City.
IN A FLUID AND CASUAL TALK, YOU WILL:
Learn about Michael’s crime and the fallout: Selling and distributing Raw Milk.
Hear about the development of Glencolton’s Cow Share program that allows consumers (shareholders) to obtain and drink Raw Milk in Ontario. The very reason his farm was raided in 2006 and why the Ontario government is in deliberation to this day, with a decision pending in September 2011, that will either convict him or give him the freedom he has fought for.
Learn about the differences between raw milk and commercially produced milk.
See the results of an experiment done on Michael’s Farm with one calf raised on raw milk and the other on pasteurized milk.
Find out how Michael travels the country teaching farmers how to operate their own Cow Shares through his Cow Share College Program, that challenges Raw Milk laws nationally to serve communities with this nourishing, healing and traditional whole food.
Learn the fundamental principles of bio-dynamic farming that incorporate the ‘dynamic forces’ of nature into organic farming. This spiritual, creative and quantum form of farming creates a unified holistic approach to the idea of a farm. It is about the interrelationship of the soil, plants and animals as a self-sustainable; self-nourishing system, with its participants having an impulse for deep social change rooted in the practice.
Understand Michael’s philosophy on how it is necessary for holistic nutritionists, who are so closely working with food and healing, to consider individual action for freedom.
Samples of aged Raw Milk cheese from Michael’s farm may even be available!
Michael walks and talks ‘biodynamism’ and has a very organic nature to his presentations as a speaker – be prepared for tangents!
ABOUT MICHAEL SCHMIDT
Michael’s involvement in sustainable, biodynamic and organic farming began in 1978 in Germany. He was raised in the Waldorf School system and holds a Master degree in farming. He moved to Canada in 1983 and established Glencolton Farm under the biodynamic principles of Rudolf Steiner.
In 1994 Michael’s dairy production came under scrutiny for the distribution of raw milk. Since then Michael has defended himself and many other dairy farmers around the world for the right to produce raw milk. Michael has taught farmers and set up organic, biodynamic farms in Germany, Egypt and Russia and China.
Michael Schmidt has become a symbol of non-violent resistance around the world for his determination to challenge the powers of authority.
Michael is an activist, international speaker, scholar, symphony conductor, musician, educator and arguably Canada’s most experienced and most famous biodynamic farmer.
“One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.” –Martin Luther King
FIRST EVER GLENCOLTON FARM TOUR FOR THE INSTITUTE OF HOLISTIC NUTRITION AND FIELD TRIP!
The Institute of Holistic Nutrition in partnership with Field Trip is pleased to announce the recent collaboration with Michael Schmidt’s famous Glencolton Farms as a tour destination!
Book your full day adventure to this farm tour/work/biodynamic learning/cow milking experience with organic homemade lunch and surprises! happening Friday August 12 2011, through Sarah Dobec’s Field Trip www.fieldtriptoronto.ca
Seats on the bus available to IHN Alumni and Students until July 15 (exempt from IHN discount); thereafter opening spaces to public. Limited seating for 20 people.