What’s it like starting out from scratch to take care of a cow on your own? From the Promised Land Farm blog:
Image from The Promised Land Farm blog.
“We welcomed our first family milk cow to our farm in 2010. We had never ever milked a cow before… by hand or machine!
Elsie, our first Jersey milk cow, was dropped off one evening and the next morning she calved… aaahhhh! What do we do now?! (Click HERE if you want to watch the birth).
I’ve documented our journey with our milk cow to help you get started milking your own family milk cow, goat or sheep!
Let me give you the secret to success with a family milk cow, goat or sheep… it’s DESIRE. We’re now in our fourth year milking a family cow, AND WE LOVE IT!
Here’s a review of a recent book from one of the latest in the long tradition of intellectuals reveling in their fresh infatuation with the charms of farming. Hey, don’t laugh; we need a lot more smart people to take up farming if we want to keep the likes of Monsanto from world domination. If this book can move us in that direction, that’s all for the good. From Stephanie P. on The Ethicurean, from a story titled “Getting Plowed: Kristin Kimball’s captivating ‘Dirty Life‘”:
Kristin Kimball on her farm in Essex, N.Y. Photo by Deborah Feingold (via The Ethicurean)
“….A self-described “snobby urban hedonist,” Kristin was lured to a completely different life and culture in a matter of months by a driven man and the appeal of the hard work of growing food. The gentle buffer offered to her in the transition is the brimming generosity of her new community, from the kinds of people she had probably previously assumed didn’t have much to offer anyone, and the enchantment of what good dirt can bring to fruition with your toil. Continue reading
Ontario raw milk pioneer Michael Schmidt has been hosting grade nine classes from Markham high school for the past three years. Markham is a suburb of Toronto and is more than two hours drive away from Glencolton Farms. There are certainly a lot of closer farms that the school could have sent their student to.
Grade nine students from Markham in the Glencolton Farms yard
This year’s grade 9 group visiting the farm had a total of over 80 students. Michael says that 99 percent of the students have never been on a farm and have no concept about the production of food. Continue reading