World -renowned Canadian raw milk pioneer Michael Schmidt will be teaching a one day course on the basics of running a cow share farm on March 19th, 2011 near Durham Ontario.
“A Chilliwack raw-milk dairy ordered to stop distributing unpasteurized milk is now calling its products cosmetics.
Tearing a page from the history books, Our Cows cow-share cooperative now labels raw milk and raw-milk dairy products as Cleopatra’s bathing milk, raw milk skin care lotion and face cream, according to farmer Michael Schmidt.
“Let’s be clear, these are not dairy products, these are cosmetics,” Schmidt told The Sun.
“The contents of these cosmetic products are unpasteurized dairy products.” Not everyone is convinced. Continue reading →
This just in from Kimm, who organizes the Cow Share College programs:
Cowshare College – Level II completes process for farmers.
Many of the producers who participated in Canadian Cowshare College – the Basics will be completing the process on Saturday, January 8th, 2011, with a half-day workshop called Cowshare College – Level II. Most of these participants are considering or starting their own cowshare programmes. They are or are likely to become members of Cow Share Canada, a grassroots organization that exists to: bring consumers and producers together while meeting Ontario’s regulations/restrictions concerning access to food; to educate and train consumers and producers in food rights and safe production of healthy alternatives; and to act, ultimately, as a voice for those consumers and producers who have serious concerns over the ever-increasing regulation of basic foods. Continue reading →
“You wouldn’t think that something so basic as milk could be controversial. However, milk has made a renegade out of me.
I have on occasion bought milk from a local farmer — an act that is both venerable and verboten. The sale of raw, unprocessed, straight-from-the-farm milk is illegal in Canada. More specifically, it is illegal to sell milk that has not been pasteurised. Continue reading →
Reasons for Sentencing Justice Peter Tetley, Nov. 25, 2011
Reasons for Conviction on Appeal, Justice Peter Tetley, Sept 28, 2011
Reasons for Judgement in the Michael Schmidt raw milk case (January 21, 2010)
The Province of Ontario's appeal of that ruling (February 11, 2010)
Print and Sign Petition for legal raw milk in Ontario