This is the text of our CowshareTrifold Brochure (PDF).
Gain Access to Unprocessed Milk from Pasture-Fed Cows, Nature’s Perfect Food!
Help Save Local Dairy Farms!
Purchase a Share in a Dairy Cow or Dairy Herd!
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Healthy Real Milk is available in stores in California, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and New Mexico. In many other states you can buy milk directly from farmers at the farm.
However, in some states, such sales are illegal; a farmer can lose his or her Grade A license and even go to jail for selling consumers unprocessed milk directly.
In these states, consumers have been able to obtain raw milk directly from farmers by purchasing a share in a cow, or in the whole herd. Even in states where sales of raw milk are legal, the permits are often very expensive. Cowshare programs allow farmers to provide raw milk to consumers without cumbersome and expensive paperwork mandated by the state.
The consumer purchases a share in a milk cow or dairy herd. The farmer and the consumer enter into a contract whereby the farmer feeds and boards the cow, and provides the labor to milk the cow and store the consumer’s milk.
Such contracts are legal and valid, as guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States of America.
The consumer does not buy milk from the farmer. Rather, he pays the farmer for the service of keeping the cow and his labor for milking the cow and processing the milk into butter, cream, cheese, etc.
However, he may directly purchase other products from the farm, such as eggs, vegetables and meat.
Cowshare programs protect the farmer from liability since the cow belongs to the consumer and the consumer is drinking the milk from his own cow.
Before you purchase a cowshare, be sure that:
Small dairy farmers cannot make a living on this model, which is why in 2002, dairy farms in the US went out of business at the rate of 16 per day.
More and more consumers have trouble digesting commercial milk; many have allergies to modern milk products. Processed milk is actually an adulterated product that:
These same consumers are discovering that they have no problems digesting unprocessed (raw) milk from pasture-fed cows. In fact, such milk—called Real Milk—provides numerous health benefits. It is Nature’s perfect food, especially good for growing children and those who are recovering from serious illness.
Cowshare programs are saving small farms in Colorado, Indiana, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Michigan, Virginia, New York, Texas and many other states where state law forbids the sale of raw milk.
For sample cowshare contracts and a list of cowshare programs by state, visit www.realmilk.com
A Campaign for Real Milk is a project of The Weston A. Price Foundation® for Wise Traditions in Food, Farming and the Healing Arts
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