From Gordon Watson in Vancouver:
In Ontario, Michael Schmidt proved that cowsharing is a lawful way for people to get raw milk. He urges that more cowshares be formed, so as to meet the burgeoning demand for REAL MILK. It’s crucial we get more cows out there, right away, producing, to consolidate his victory.
Therefore I’m convening a new cowshare, called Triple A Dairy. I invite people in the Vancouver area, who appreciate the value of fresh, whole, pure milk – unprocessed, straight from the cow, NOT Pasteur-ized – to contact me and become a joint-owner of a herd of dairy cows.
On the home page of my website see the letters to me from the BC Minister of Agriculture and the Director of Food Safety, acknowledging that raw milk produced by a cowshare for its members, is exempt from the requirement of Pasteur-ization. < www.freewebs.com/bovinity > These letters are what convinced Alice Jongerden that cowsharing is legal, when she started Home on the Range raw milk dairy. Serving hundreds of households, for three and a half years, she proved that dairying can be done safely to provide REAL MILK. In September of 2010, she was run out of business by Fraser Health Authority : NOT for causing any genuine threat to the public health, but because her success embarrassed the dairy cartel. The noise and commotion put out by the so-called “health authorities”, about our milk being contaminated, is utter nonsense = a lie to prevent the public from thinking for themselves about the quality of the food supply under the Stalinist milk marketing scheme
For over 2 years, we operated with no problem. But behind the scenes, corporate interests lobbied to have a law ‘framed in mischief’, then perverted Justice to obtain a Court Order. When things came to a head on February 1 2010, I handed up to the Bench those letters which spell-out the policy of the government on cowsharing. High & Mighty Madame Justice Gropper had to – literally – avert her eyes from what they said, wilfully refusing to take them into consideration, in order to come to her patently absurd ruling
But her foolishness has not stopped the flow of REAL MILK in British Columbia. Michael Schmidt taught us that the way to prevail over idiots-in-high-places is to just keep on producing the good stuff. Which is what he’s doing now as Agister for ‘Our Cows’
The cowshare model is predicated on principles that ; first, each of us has the right to use and enjoy our private property … in this case, the asset being, an undivided interest in a herd of cattle. Second, that we have the right to security of the Person, which includes the freedom to eat what each of us wants, especially, to medicate oneself. Third, that we are free to associate and participate in a lawful activity … ie., farming to provide food for ourselves
As soon as I find a bit of pasture to rent in the South Langley area, the Triple A Dairy will be underway. Starting with two cows, I expect we’ll expand the same way Home on the Range did … adding a cow or two a month, as word gets around and informed consumers call me
The Campaign for REAL MILK assumes that a cow feeding on pasture, or hay in the winter, will produce 3 gallons of milk per day. Multiplying that by 2 cows, times 7 days a week, translates into ~40 gallons per week. Thus, each of 40 shares is entitled to a gallon per week. Good dairy cows are selling for about $2000 lately. Buying the jars/ lids, feed, and all the associated expenses of starting-up requires $6000. Therefore I need $150 each from 40 people. Of course some may buy more than one share, in order to get more milk per week. As explained in the Memorandum of Agreement, this share purchase fee is fully refundable, if and when a member leaves the cowshare.
Once a member owns a share, he or she pays a service fee for the agister to look after the cows and doing everything to make the milk ready for its owners. That fee is $18 per week, to be payed in advance. Shareholders can come to the farm to get their property or I will arrange to deliver it. Yes, it’s very high-priced milk. Part of what I’m doing is educating the nation how we’ve been so coddled and bamboozled, that we forgot one of America’s core values = ‘self-sufficiency’. You want good food? then start paying the producers properly
I expect that by about the beginning of August, I’ll be at the $30,000 level for gross income per annum, at which point the Harmonized Sales Tax kicks-in. The agistment fee will then go up to $5 per quart = $20 per week
The Cowshare Agreement is set out on my website, at the bottom of the page titled ‘Triple A’ : do NOT send money / cheques to me in the regular surface mail. Rather, call me on the phone. It’s important the Agreement is complete, before funds are payed-over
Gordon S Watson
email < email@example.com > telephone 604 526 5064 Postal address : 7954 Elwell Street Burnaby British Columbia V5E 1M4