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.

We will also be following up with those who completed the May workshop.  Cowshare College – Level II is a half-day workshop, from 9 am to 1 pm, that is the final step in the credentialling process for producers who wish to be on Cow Share Canada’s referral list, the first steps being the completion of the Basics workshop and the second being the successful inspection by an independent inspector.  At this session, more advanced material will be presented, and participants will have an opportunity to bring specific challenges and questions for discussion.

To get an application form for either workshop, email contact information to  csca@bmts.com or  arc@bmts.com and put “Cowshare College – The Bovine” in the subject line.  Please indicate which workshop you are interested in. (Note:  the Level II workshop is limited to those who have already completed the basic workshop).

The workshop fee for Cowshare College Basics is $295 and includes:  a full day of instruction; tour of a raw milk dairy operation; lunch and refreshments; 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.

The fee for Cowshare College – Level II is $150, and includes a half-day of instruction and discussion, a tour of a raw milk dairy operation with question period and refreshments.

Seats are limited for both workshops – reserve your spot soon.

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