May 1st, 2010 will be a history-making day for raw milk in Ontario as farmer and raw milk advocate Michael Schmidt hosts a one-day cowshare college for farmers who want to learn the ways Michael has developed, of producing raw milk.
The Canadian Cowshare College is a full-day workshop that gives participants the basics for developing their own cowshare program. Aimed at producers, it covers the safe production and handling of raw milk and the logistics of cowshare programmes. Participants will learn what makes a viable programme, how to structure and run a cowshare, as well as how to recruit and manage relationships with cowshare members. At the end of the session, participants will receive a certificate of completion.
After his acquittal on all charges relating to his Cowshare operation, Michael is responding to the interest among other farmers to starting similar programs, and is offering the first Canadian Cowshare College, May 1st, 2010, from 9 am to 4 pm, in Durham, ON (exact location TBA). Topics to be covered include: the biology, safe production and handling of raw milk; the legal framework currently required for a cowshare program; and developing, maintaining and managing cowshare member relationships.
For more information or to register, email your contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org and put “Cowshare College” in the subject line. You will be sent an application form/questionnaire. The program includes a full day of instruction; tour of a raw milk dairy operation; lunch; and copies of Raw Milk Production Handbook by Tim Wightman, The Untold Story of Milk by Ron Schmid and Safe Handling: Consumers’ Guide to Fresh, Whole, Unprocessed Milk by Peggy Beals.