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Raw Milk
Glasses of Milk

The best milk is raw.

HOW WE DO RAW
Our milk is fresh, nutritious and non-homogenized. Which means it tastes really, really good.

It comes in half-gallon bottles ($3 deposit per jar). More importantly, it comes from animals that are 100% pastured, year round. We’re not certified organic, but we only use 100% organic feed, and we manage all our land and animals using strict organic practices. (Read more about that here .)

To get in on the milk, you’ll need to purchase a herd share agreement, which you can do for $50. This makes you a joint-owner of the animals in that herd. From that point on, you pay a monthly boarding fee, or agister, to cover the care of your animals:

By owning a share of the herd, you own a share of the milk, too: one gallon per week. You can pick it up on location at our farm in Buxton, or at our Farm & Garden Center in Beaverton.

If you have questions, or to request a herd share agreement, write to healingponds@gmail.com.

MEET THE HERD
Our dairy animals are grass-fed and 100% pastured. For pictures of our cows and goats, and info on how we keep them, click over to our “Meet Our Animals” page (it’s listed under “Info” on the navigation bar) and choose from the list: goats and cows.

One of our Toggenburgs

One of our Toggenburgs

GOATS’ MILK
From Toggenburg goats!

Compared to cows’ milk, goats’ milk is more easily digestible, being closer in composition to our own mothers’ milk.

Toggenburgs are the oldest known dairy goat: a gentle breed from Switzerland’s Toggenburg Valley.

Their milk’s unique, scrumptious flavor is renowned for cheese-making.

Mark with Ananda the Cow

Mark with Ananda the Cow

COWS’ MILK
From Jersey cows!

We specialize in A2 Jersey cows, a traditional breed that makes some of the healthiest, most easily digestible milk to be had.

Jerseys are smaller cows, usually weighing only 800 to 1200 lbs. They produce less per cow than other breeds, but the milk is creamier, which makes it taste richer. It has lots of minerals and trace elements, it’s higher in calcium and protein, it’s even richer in color: altogether a tastier, more nutritious (some say superior) milk.

ABOUT RAW
The debate about raw milk can get, well, heated. Is it better for you? Is it safe?

The answer to both questions is “yes,” if you’re getting it from healthy, grass-fed cows at a clean milking operation. The industrial system, meanwhile, puts cows at risk of sickness and milk, of contamination. As a result, pasteurization is absolutely necessary within this model. A grass-fed cow (or goat), though, is a whole different animal.

That said, please consider buying the raw milk Safe Handling Consumer’s Guide from the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund. It’s only $5, and it will teach you best practice on handling your raw milk – dos, don’ts and safety tips.

Grass-fed milk is clean milk.

Grass-fed milk is clean milk.

We encourage you to educate yourself:

  • For an introduction to the raw milk debate, click “Raw Milk” by NPR.org. It’s an excellent summary identifying the major players in the milk discussion, with a brief explanation of their reasoning.
  • Here’s a fine overview from one of our favorite sites, FoodRenegade.com. It covers the downsides of “modern” milk, and the various dairy options that are available: “Healthy Milk: What to Buy.”
  • To dig into the details, click “Fresh Milk” by Disabled-World.com. This article covers health benefits, risks, flavor differences, breeds and health of dairy cows. It also compares raw to pasteurized.
  • If you’re really interested, you’ll want to visit RealMilk.com at some point. It’s pretty dense stuff, but among the pro-raw community, this is the authoritative information bank. It was created by the Weston A. Price Foundation.
  • Where legality is concerned, here’s the official exemption from Oregon.gov which makes it legal (albeit restricted) for Oregonians to purchase raw milk for consumption.
  • Where the restrictions make it impractical for the average city-dweller to buy raw milk, people opt for cow shares instead: buying a portion of the cow (or herd), rather than the cow’s milk. Click “Got Raw Milk?” by PortlandTribune.com to learn more about this phenomenon.
  • Check out “The Case for Raw Milk,” an article by herbalist and nutritionist Terri Saunders, which not only presents an argument for raw milk today, but also covers its history.

Also, check out the articles we’ve written on the subject:

Raw Milk Risks: What’s the Truth?

Discussion

5 thoughts on “Raw Milk

  1. Just a comment….the milk comes in 1/2 gallon jars, not half quart. : )

    Posted by Terri | June 1, 2011, 9:46 am
  2. Hello,

    I have been trying to get onto the raw goat milk yahoo group. I just got two milkers and need support. Please add me please!

    Thanks,
    Bridget and Jared

    Posted by Bridget | July 6, 2011, 7:58 am

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