Thanks to the many speakers, farmers, consumers, guests, and media who took time out of their busy lives to convene January 30th, in Guelph, for yet another in what’s become a long series of raw milk symposia that began not long after the infamous 2006 raid on Glencolton Farms. In this brief report, we are not going to try to cover all the great information that was presented during the afternoon, but rather to give a flavour of the proceedings.
First speaker on the agenda was farmer Mark McAfee (shown speaking in the photo above), who, together with his wife Blaine, came all the way from California to participate in this symposium and to share with Ontario raw milk producers and consumers a bit of the wisdom he’s gained running what is now the biggest raw milk farm on the continent — with some 550 cows and 500 acres of pasture. Mark is also involved with the RAWMI standards group, and he shared some intel from that work as well. A video crew from TVO was on hand to record much of the proceedings.
One big difference from past symposiums of this sort, is the low key role played by Michael Schmidt, seen above sitting in the audience with his wife Elisa, and lawyer Karen Selick. Unlike Elisa and Karen, however, Michael did not make a speech, although he did ask a question from the floor at one point. Continue reading
“Final standoff has begun” says raw milk farmer Michael Schmidt, of latest court injunctions received this week
From Bayshore Broadcasting, Thurs. Jan. 28th, 2016:
“Durham area raw milk producer Michael Schmidt has received two injunction notices from York Region and the Attorney General on behalf of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural affairs.
Schmidt says the blanket injunctions name himself, his wife and son — as well as any “John Doe” producing and distributing raw milk in Ontario.
He says it would basically make it a crime for any farmer in the province to hand over raw milk to a neighbour and he plans to fight the injunctions in a Newmarket court March 16th.
Michael Schmidt has been fighting for the right to distribute raw milk for roughly 2 decades and says it feels like “the final standoff has begun.”…”
Read more of the story on Bayshore Broadcasting, which is so far the only media outlet that seems to be reporting it.
The 2016 Guelph Raw Milk Symposium takes place this afternoon, Jan. 30th, starting at 1 pm. A TV Ontario production crew was planning to attend.
TUESDAY JANUARY 26: Today in Thornhill, several Glencolton farmshare member were interviewed by a television crew for an upcoming program on TV Ontario (photo below). TVO will also be sending a camera crew to cover the Raw Milk Symposium in Guelph this Saturday, January 30th.
Mark McAfee flew in from California to Canada this week for the Raw Milk Symposium this coming Saturday and stopped by to chat today with the farmshare members as well. That’s Mark, in the photo below, signing the food rights declaration on the side of the Glencolton Farms truck. Mark met with the farmshare members together with his wife Blaine who will also be presenting at this weekend’s Symposium. Thanks to David Pickett for the photo.
Mark runs a large raw milk farm and dairy in California and has been active in helping establish standards for raw milk production in the U.S. through the RAWMI organization.
About the renewed attack on raw milk
About the focused attempt to get Michael behind bars
About the courage of Cow-, Herd-, Farm-Share members
About internet rants worthy to take note of
About moooving forward against all odds and signing the Food Rights Declaration Continue reading