The Family Cow

The ins and outs of caring for your milk cow & calf;

housing, feeding, livestock health, plus hand milking tips!


When: Sunday, April 14th from 12:30 - 5:00 pm

Where: Earthwise Farm and Forest, located in Bethel, VT 

Cost:  $60 per person, $110 for two people (includes handout & product samples)

Early Bird Registration: Register by April 5th and save $10 per person! Pay by check or via paypal

Mail your Registration Fee to: Earthwise Farm & Forest, 341 Macintosh Hill Rd, Randolph, VT 05060 

Read this! Lisa's Blog: Adding A Family Cow to Your Homestead Farm

A growing number of people have gotten the 'Farming Bug'; it usually starts with a garden, then a few chickens, then perhaps a goat or two, maybe a pig ... and ultimately you find yourself wishing you could have you own source of fresh milk that you could harvest from your growing, family-scale farm. If this sounds familiar to you, or you have a friend who is venturing down this road, then please join us for our next Family Cow Workshop designed to help you navigate the new and exciting world of owning and caring for a family cow & calf.

This may also be an entry point for you to get into selling raw milk from the farm, or having a beef animal (as a result of the occasional bull calf that you will have). Class participants will have an opportunity for some hands-on learning and a handout will provide you with basic need-to-know information, plus a listing of useful books, and businesses that can supply you with the feed, nutritional supplies and other items that you will want to have in your First-Aid Kit

Join us and learn some important points for your new adventure. 

To Register: email Lisa at or call: 802-234-5524


Items to be covered during the workshop include:

  • Nutrition: 
  • Health: 
  • Hand Milking and the Bucket Milker:
  • Milk Safety, Milk Quality & Testing Your Milk: 
  • Developing a Grazing System for your animals: 
  • Milking Processing:
  • Breeds and Breeding: 
  • Marketing your Milk: 

About the Instructor:

Lisa McCrory is a Grazing and Whole Farm Planning consultant and owns and operates Earthwise Farm & Forest with her husband, Carl Russell, in Bethel, VT. Their farm is draft-animal powered & certified organic, incorporating biodynamic and ecological practices & principles, and producing and marketing grass fed milk (tier 1 raw dairy farm), pastured poultry (eggs, meat birds, heritage turkeys), pastured pigs, beef, forest products, and an acre of organic vegetables, herbs and flowers.

Lisa has training in Holistic Management (c) and speaks at conferences on topics that include: Management Intensive Grazing; Homeopathy and Livestock; Raising Organic Heritage Turkeys; Cheese, Butter & Yogurt Making; and Dowsing & Agriculture. You can learn more about Lisa by going here:


  • I appreciated your openness to questions, the organization in material you were to cover and your nature and presence with the animals. Also, your willingness to receive questions and offer guidance via email or phone after the workshop.  
  • I thought the workshop took a comprehensive view of the basics. I left feeling I had a solid foundation of learning the basics and that I could continue my learning with the resources recommended. 
  • Dear Lisa, How incredible the workshop was for me, I have shifted from dreading milking my cow and being filled with concerns about whether my ignorance is ruining the healthy cow I bought this spring, to feeling a sense of confidence about what I am doing and how I am handling each milking.  All the little details of the workshop from you explaining your milking routine to the homeopathic remedies and pasture management are significantly empowering my management now that I am at home.