Canada’s first-ever cowshare college kicked off classes on May 1, 2010 in Durham Ontario. Here’s a brief report on what went down:
22 participants attended the first course of the Canadian Cow share College Saturday May 1, 2010 at Glencolton Farms. All of them received their certificate of completion which is required as part of the accreditation process of Cow Share Canada.
The day long course covered the following topics:
Safe Raw Milk Production
Biology of Milk
Safe Handling of Raw Milk
Cow Share: a co-operative structure
Kowarsky cow share ruling
Cow Share member relations
how to connect
how to maintain
how to develop reliable partnerships
how to manage expectations
completion of courses
testing requirements of cows
inspection by independent dairy inspector
Michael Schmidt and Tim Wightman (pioneer of the cow share program in the US) presented the course. Gary Lean, international inspector, outlined the inspection requirements.
Everyone toured Glencolton Farms to see a functioning cow share operation including the barn the bottling facility and security system.
Extensive written material was includet for follow up home study.
It was a great beginning for an important process, which will ensure that consumers can rely on standards when they connect with farmers who have been acreddited by Cow Share Canada.
We all enjoyed lunch together in the barn with the cows.
For more information contact Kim
Thanks to Michael Schmidt for sending us the pictures. Not sure who took them.