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Having a Family Cow

Milk tastes best when you squeeze it yourself

  • Ended
  • 75 US dollars
  • Earthwise Farm & Forest

Service Description

Next Class at Earthwise Farm & Forest is Sunday, July 23rd from 1-4:30! This class can be set up for private groups or individuals - at our farm or yours on a date and time that works for you! Having A Family Cow is designed to help you navigate the new and exciting world of owning and caring for a family cow & calf. Class will include some hands-on learning; want to try hand-milking a cow? Our farm is certified organic, so our approaches to health and wellness comply with the USDA Organic Standards. Topics will include: * Animal Health * Grazing Management * Calf Care * Animal Nutrition * Breeds and Breeding * Housing and Husbandry * Milking Equipment, cleansers and milk quality testing * Marketing your milk: raw milk regulations in VT * What does it mean to be certified organic when it comes housing & husbandry & health Participants will receive a handout along with a list of useful books and resource links. Some information about our small dairy operation: At Earthwise Farm & Forest, we have 1 milk cow and we milk our cows by hand. During the growing season, our cows (and young stock) are managed in a rotational grazing system. The cows and young stock graze together on a 100% forage diet (pasture) with salt, kelp and minerals available at all times. Our cows are bred using AI (artificial insemination). About 2 weeks into a cow's lactation, we switch from milking twice a day to once a day milking. We are a Tier 1 Raw Milk Dairy and sell our milk (pre-ordered) from our Farm Store. About the Instructor: Lisa McCrory is a Grazing and Whole Farm Planning consultant with 30 years of grazing experience and training in Holistic Management (c). She and owns and operates Earthwise Farm & Forest, started in 2000 with her late husband, Carl Russell. Her farm is certified organic, incorporating biodynamic, ecological, and regenerative practices & principles. She markets organic grass fed meat and milk products, vegetables, garlic, herbs, flowers, and offers Farm Tours and Educational Workshops throughout the year. Cost for class: $75 per person. Payment for the class is on-line (credit card or paypal), Venmo or by sending a check to: 341 Macintosh Hill Rd, Randolph VT 05060. For a Private Group, please contact us for pricing and available dates. For more info, email us at: info@earthwisefarmandforest.com


Contact Details

  • 341 Macintosh Hill Road, Bethel, VT, USA


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