Raw Milk Can Be Safely Produced by Small Farms

April 09, 2010

Nutritious Raw Milk Can Be Produced Safely by Local FarmersRaw Milk Can Be Produced Safely
A Healthy Cow (photo by Emily Roesly, courtesy of
Article written by Jeff Deasy,  Editor and Publisher for American

Food safety and optimal nutrition aren’t mutually exclusive goals according to organic farming legend, Tim Wightman. A farming expert of 35 years, Wightman teaches dairy farmers to reach well beyond conventional food safety goals. He mentors farmers in low-tech yet high quality approaches to production of intrinsically safe and optimally nutritious raw milk.

A modern pioneer of the cowshare/herdshare concept, Wightman now serves as President of the Farm-to-Consumer Foundation. The educational non-profit aims to equip farmers and consumers with safety advice on raw dairy products via conferences, tele-seminars and printed materials.

Free Handbook & DVD Now Available Online

The Foundation now provides two of Wightman’s educational tools to the public free of charge. These free resources include online copies of Raw Milk Production Handbook and a micro dairy farm educational DVD, Chore Time. Both are available at: Farm to Consumer Foundation

“We believe all food can be produced safely, including raw milk,” says Wightman.

“These materials are the starting point for a collaborative effort to develop ‘best practices’ to guide dairy farms working to meet the rising demand for raw milk from pasture-raised cows, whether the legal framework is loose (as with voluntary farm-to-consumer standards for cow shares) or more formal (as with larger scale retail sales).”

Steve Bemis, attorney and Foundation Board Member, asserts that these free resources are an important step in building a working relationship on raw dairy safety issues. “In many cases, academic and government entities will not (for policy and ethical reasons) link to resources that are for sale; so, by providing these ‘freeware’ resources, we hope to encourage links from others’ websites, and thereby engage a broader audience,” Bemis explains.

Raw Milk Can Be Produced Safely

The announcement of the free online resources is being made in conjunction with the 2nd Annual International Raw Milk Symposium, The event is open to the public. For more details call 703-208-FARM (3276) (10 a.m. – 6 p.m. EDT) or register by going to: 2nd Annual Raw Milk Symposium

To view a previous post on the topic, go to: Support Family Farmers & Get Healthy with Raw Milk

The Handbook and DVD, as well as the booklet, Safe Handling: Consumers’ Guide to Fresh, Unprocessed Whole Milk by Peggy Beals, RN, will continue to be for sale as hardcopies at: Farm to Consumer Foundation

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