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67 Merchants Row
Rutland, VT, 05701
United States

(802) 417-1528

Rutland Area Farm and Food Link (RAFFL) promotes local food knowledge, production and market opportunities for farmers and community members throughout our region.

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Another Raw Milk Workshop (10/2)

RAFFL

“From Cow to Customer” Raw Milk Workshop:  Rural Vermont Hosts Last in Series of Farmer-to-Farmer EventsThe class will provide an in-depth look at the production and sale of raw milk at the Bunker Farm in East Dummerston. This particular workshop is most appropriate for those operating at or interested in selling up to 50 quarts per day. The workshop is from 11 am - 3 pm and costs $10 for Rural Vermont members and $20 for all else. Space is limited! Register in advance by calling (802) 223-7222 or emailing shelby@ruralvermont.org.From Cow to Customer will illustrate the options available to those current and aspiring farmers considering the production and sale of raw milk. For the last several years, Rural Vermont has been advocating for common-sense raw milk regulations that are sensitive to the small scale of farming here in Vermont. In July 2009, a new law went into effect that established a set of reasonable and basic standards that all raw milk sellers are expected to follow. There are a few additional requirements for those selling more than 50 quarts per day, and/or making home deliveries.

At each of the workshops, participants will learn about the new regulations governing the sale of raw milk, and get to see them in practice on a successful raw milk microdairy. Farmer hosts will discuss production methods, marketing options, and lead a farm tour, followed by a raw milk and cookie session at the end of the day!

This workshop will be useful for anyone considering raw milk sales as a profitable farm addition. The information presented will be applicable for goat, sheep, and cow dairies. Bring a brown bag lunch and lots of questions! Informational materials will be provided by Rural Vermont, including a detailed seller’s guide, outlining everything farmers need to know to sell raw milk within the confines of the law.

Saturday’s workshop will be hosted by the Bunker Farm in East Dummerston. The Bunker Farm’s mission is to work collectively and provide food for themselves and immediate community year-round, using human and horse power. The Bunker Farm offers grass-fed meats, eggs from pastured chickens and raw milk from their herd of four Guernsey, Jersey, and Ayeshire cows. The cows are hand-milked once per day and fed exclusively grass year-round. They sell raw milk because it allows them the freedom to set their own price, while providing twenty plus families with a local source of wholesome, delicious milk.

Workshop space is limited. Please register in advance by calling (802) 223-7222 or emailing shelby@ruralvermont.org.

Rural Vermont is a statewide nonprofit group founded by farmers in 1985. For the last 25 years, Rural Vermont has been advancing its mission of economic justice for Vermont farmers through advocacy and education. For more info, call (802) 223-7222 or visit www.ruralvermont.org.