Monthly Archives: September 2010

Raw milk, Michael Schmidt — “Why we do what we do” — in British Columbia

A brief report and a couple of photos, courtesy of Gordon Watson, of Our Cows cowshare in Chilliwack, B.C. (formerly “Home on the Range”):

Raw milk fed babies with their cowshare mothers in British Columbia

This (above) is a photo which personalizes “why we do what we do” — beautiful milk-fed babies and their happy moms in the Sapperton Hall,  as cowshare members met our new Agister. Continue reading

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Michael Schmidt on the Chilliwack Fraser Health Unit raw milk “drink in”

Michael Schmidt shares the raw milk message with west coast TV viewers at Tuesday's raw milk "drink in" outside Fraser Health offices in Chilliwack British Columbia. Glencolton Farms photos

In an exclusive telephone interview with the Bovine Tuesday night, Michael Schmidt gave his version of the events around the raw milk demonstration / news conference outside the Fraser Health offices in Chilliwack B.C. Continue reading

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Raw milk through the media telephone

When I was in grade school our teacher once played a game with us of “telephone” in which a message was started at one end of the class and passed down to the other end. Of course the final version was quite different from the original. I was reminded of that experience when reading this story in “Top News”, which, while getting the gist of the story does contain glaring errors of fact, such as that raw milk is legal in Canada. But as P.T. Barnum is reported to have said about newspaper stories, “I don’t care what they say about me just as long as they spell my name right”. Here’s an excerpt from that Top News report. And hey, we can be glad some news editor out there recognizes that this story IS “top news”, because awareness can be the first step to change.

A bit of the header graphic from Top News.

Michael Schmidt fights for legality of Chilliwack dairy

Michael Schmidt, who is a farmer in Ontario, is in B. C. to fight a legal battle for Chilliwack dairy that distributes unpasteurized milk to families who own shares in their own cows. Continue reading

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“Raw milk liberation front” acts locally to preserve food freedom in Maine

An excerpt from the latest Complete Patient post by David E. Gumpert:

“There’s an uprising brewing in Maine over food rights. Like in other parts of the country, it started with regulator interference in a traditional part of small-farm life.

Heather Retberg, who with her husband runs a small farm in the coastal communmity of Penobscott, had built up a nice little business selling chickens to neighbors. She slaughtered the chickens at a neighbor’s regulator-approved facility for producers of less than 1,000 chickens annually.

But then last year, the Maine Department of Agriculture suddenly changed the rules covering farmers with less than 1,000 chickens, requiring that each farm have its own facility. There was an outcry around the state, and eventually the legislature reinstated the 1,000-chicken exemption…but in implementing the exemption, the MDA kept key obstacles in effect.  Bottom line, Retberg was still prohibited from slaughtering the chickens at her neighbor’s and told she needed to construct her own $30,000 facility, or else have the chickens slaughtered at an approved facility many miles from her farm–all prohibitively expensive. Continue reading

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Cowshare College — for farmers who want to serve their country raw milk

Here’s the latest on Michael Schmidt’s Cowshare College. Perhaps you too would like to become a cow-share or farm-share farmer and serve your country raw milk.

After Michael Schmidt’s acquittal on all charges relating to his cowshare operation earlier this year, he responded to the intense interest from producers with the first Canadian Cowshare College in May.

Positive feedback and increased interest means we will be offering another Cowshare College Basics Workshop on Saturday, October 23rd from 9 am to 4:30 pm in Durham, ON.  Michael will lead the workshop and 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. Continue reading

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NEWS 1130 on “Raw milk giveaway”

From the website for NEWS 1130 radio in Chilliwack B.C. comes this report on Michael Schmidt’s raw milk giveaway outside the offices of Fraser Health:

Ontario raw milk farmer Michael Schmidt, cowshare member Rick Adam and former Home on the Range agister Alice Jongerden, outside Fraser Health in Chilliwack B.C. yesterday. Photo News 1130

“CHILLIWACK (NEWS1130) – There’s no sense crying over spilled milk, but putting up a fight over raw milk is another story. A feud has soured relations between a cow-milking operation in Chilliwack and the Fraser Health Authority. Continue reading

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“Dictatorship of Bureaucrats behind raw milk fight” says farmer Michael Schmidt

From the Burnaby News Leader/Chilliwack Progress story by Robert Freeman, published 2 pm yesterday:

Jon Los (right) drinks raw milk as Michael Schmidt and Alice Jongerden, both raw milk advocates, hold a demonstration outside the Fraser Health office on Menholm Road in Chilliwack on Tuesday morning. Photo Jenna Hauck/Chilliwack Progress

“Glasses of raw, unpasteurized milk were raised outside the Chilliwack health unit Tuesday in a “toast” to the Fraser Health Authority, which won a court order shutting down the co-op that produced the milk. Continue reading

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