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11 days to January 21, 2010 — when the court will rule on the case of Michael Schmidt v. The Queen over raw milk

Though from what I’ve heard, the Queen’s farm store used to sell raw milk to the public not that long ago (sez Norman Lofts, who went there to visit and film), so one really wonders what “beef” the Queen would have with Michael Schmidt over raw milk. Must be her underlings who’ve got their knickers in a knot.

Michael Schmidt talks to reporters following the conclusion of his trial in January 2009.

Stay tuned for details of a special event with raw-milk journalist David E. Gumpert, also in Newmarket, following the announcement of the verdict on January 21, 2010. Continue reading

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Glencolton cow-share members map

Among the material disclosed to Michael Schmidt by Crown prosecutors was this map showing the geographic distribution of Glencolton Farms’ cow-share members as of November 2006:

Map shows a red dot for each Glencolton Farms cow-share member.

Map shows a red dot for each Glencolton Farms cow-share member.

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Raw milk raid leads to cowshare holders helping run farm and distribution

The raid on Michael Schmidt’s Glencolton Farms nearly two years ago was part of a massive crackdown on raw milk suppliers across North America. In the story excerpted here from Business Week, David E. Gumpert tells about a farm, a farmer and a community of cowshare members in Ohio, where the experience of being “busted” by police resulted, for the farmer, in soaring blood pressure and a trip to the hospital by ambulance. And while he was laid up with a severe case of post-traumatic stress, his loyal cow-share members picked up the slack, milking the cows and keeping the farm running. Really a fascinating story.

Read the whole article titled “A Raw milk raid leads to a special Thanksgiving” here on Business Week.

Here are a few excerpts:

“On Thanksgiving, Kimberly Gelhaus, a 39-year-old mom and student at the University of Cincinnati, will drive over an hour to the Double O Farms in Verona, Ky. Once at the tiny farm, she, her husband, and three children (ages 6, 8, and 18) will spend several hours dispensing milk from a holding tank into dozens of glass bottles, and then affixing lids. Continue reading

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Investment in Glencolton Farms cow shares not losing value like the stock market

“One thing I can guarantee you after this week,” said Michael Schmidt, referring to how much people have lost in stocks, mutual funds and retirement pensions over this last week, “is that you still have a cow.”

Speaking at a meeting of cow share holders earlier this week, Michael Schmidt suggested that instability in world markets may actually have a silver lining in that it could encourage tighter cooperation, both practical and financial, between Glencolton Farms and the cowshare community. He said “Wouldn’t it be amazing if we would come up with a viable concept so that we could somehow provide food security for all those 150 cowshare families”.

This would no doubt involve greater hands-on involvement from the community as well as new financial and social structures to back it all up. Some preliminary groundwork has already been laid for a new more cooperative ownership and management structure for the farm. The several years of experience people like Doug Wylie have had working out communal social arrangements for the Carrville Community Garden could be put to good use. Mark Ross has also been involved in developing these kinds of new social/agricultural initiatives.

Note: Michael Schmidt is at the centre of a number of charges and court cases in southern Ontario, where he farms on behalf of 150 cow share families.

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