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Michael Schmidt and raw milk at NOFA: The hunt for Elsie’s grave

This just in from Michael Schmidt, who is reporting on his visit to Princeton New Jersey, where he was a keynote speaker at the recent Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) conference:

Michael Schmidt in New Jersey, at the grave of Elsie the cow.

I just returned from New Jersey where I was asked to give the closing keynote at the NOFA conference at the prestigious Princeton University.

This has been my  second time that I had a chance to exchange ideas, thoughts and challenges of the raw milk movement with Joseph Heckman professor at Ruttgers University.

As insignificant it seems, as amusing was our  journey in order to find Elsie’s grave.  Elsie was the best well known, well travelled Jersey cow from the famous Walker Gordon Farm which had pioneered the ROTO -LACTATER , a rotary milking parlor for 2000 cows, starting around 1920 till 1972 as I recall.  The significance of this operation is, that they produced raw milk for human consumption. Continue reading


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“Myths versus Realities of Raw Milk” — Michael Schmidt talk at NOFA, Jan. 29

From Scott Morgan, on Central Jersey.com

“It was 2006, and for the second time, Michael Schmidt was confronted by armed policemen on his farm. They came — 25 of them — in camouflage fatigues and hazmat suits to shut down his illegal operation.

But this was no U.S. government raid against a suspected foreign-born bioterrorist. This was Ontario, Canada. And it was all about milk.

Twelve years earlier, Canadian authorities had raided Mr. Schmidt’s farm for the same reason — to stop him from producing raw (unpasteurized) milk. Largely, he let the furor blow over. But the second raid turned Mr. Schmidt from organic farmer to food-rights activist almost overnight. “After the second raid, I said, ‘Now I’m fighting back,’” he says. “I’m from Germany, so I know what happens when people don’t speak up. There is a moral obligation to fight back.” Continue reading


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“Got raw milk” — Michael Schmidt’s keynote at NOFA — news on NJ.com

From Today’s Sunbeam, on NJ.com:

“The Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Jersey will hold its 2012 Winter Conference on Jan. 28 and 29 at Princeton University’s Friend Center. Farmers, gardeners, cooks and people who care about healthy farming for a better world will be there.

Last year’s event attracted 400 people from New Jersey and surrounding states, and even more are expected for this year’s expanded agenda, two full days instead of last year’s day and a half.

The “Radical Homemaker” herself, Shannon Hayes of Sap Bush Hollow Farm in Warnerville, N.Y., will kick off the conference with her talk, “The End of Consumerism.  Hayes’ research and writings about homemaking as an ecological movement have landed her and her family on the pages and airwaves of the New York Times, National Public Radio, The Atlantic, Yes! Magazine and many more. Continue reading


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Michael Schmidt keynote speaker at NOFA, New Jersey in January 2012

Michael Schmidt has been invited to be a keynote speaker at this winter’s NOFA conference in Princeton New Jersey:


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One-cow raw dairy targeted for “regulation” in Massachusetts

Here’s an excerpt from a recent sobering post from David E. Gumpert’s “The Complete Patient” blog:

Brigitte Ruthman at her Joshua's Farm. Photo via The Complete Patient blog.

“Lots of raw milk drinkers I meet when I’m out speaking before various food and green organizations about the ever-increasing intensity of the crackdown on raw milk and nutrient-dense foods tell me, “Well, if it gets real bad, I can always go out and buy my own cow or goat.” It that’s your fall-back strategy, the story I’m about to tell about the Massachusetts Department of Agriculture’s renewed crackdown on raw milk may make you squirm just a little. Continue reading

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