Snippets of my day–our adventure out in the wilderness, more plainsy area of CO, visiting a farm and securing our share of a cow. I wasn’t sure if my GPS was working correctly, but we arrived exactly where we should’ve. Way out there! I instantly liked Michelle, and I instantly loved Petunia (“our cow”). Michelle seems super knowledgable and friendly, while maintaining a fast-paced sort of down-to-business style which I would expect of anyone living on a farm and truly tending animals. Her husband is Serbian, which I thought was really interesting, and their little one year old daughter was precious. Buying a share of this cow, who is the only cow (well, only adult cow, she has a cute baby that was born this August!) on the farm, means that we pay a fee every month, and we get a gallon of raw milk each week. In exchange for our money, we get the milk, but we also have our cow taken care of, boarded, and generally maintained (along with all the things of taking the cow out to pasture, etc.). I’d say that’s a great way for two noobs to start with this homesteading thing.
This trip was special, and also important, to me. Leading a life that is different, because I believe God has called Christ-followers to be stewards of the earth, has been one of my greatest hopes. Searching and researching and gathering has been a huge part of the equation–today I saw some fruit of my labor. I have been trying to hunt down raw milk for our family for over a year. I know, I know, some of you reading may be rolling your eyes or gagging–thinking that raw milk isn’t good for you, healthy, or even sanitary for human consumption. Sorry, suckers, but you’ve been had by the sly ways of the American Marketing Machine. : ) Before you start your second round of gagging, please take a moment to explore what the internet may have to say about raw milk. Just judging from what I knew about it prior to my own investigation, your assumption may be biased and based solidly in falsehood. Does it make much sense that in order for humans to consume the milk a cow produces (which is packed full of healthful things like CLA, enzymes, etc.) we have to heat it up (which, even the FDA admits, denatures and ruins many of the vitamins present in cow’s milk), change the molecular structure of the fat (homogenization) and strip it of most, if not all fat? Hmm. I think that I smell a rat. At any rate, please check out one of the below links if you’d like to learn more. I’ve found for myself and my family, the less processed things are, the better they seem to taste, to make my body feel, and the more sustainable they are!
http://www.realmilk.com (a lovely little off-shoot of the WAPF)
Raw milk is much more environmentally (and animal!) friendly when compared to processed, American-style milk that you’d get at your closest superstore–on account of it meaning that most of the dairies only have a few cows (ours only has two… Petunia, and her little baby Bambi… yeah, the names.. I know!), and so they are able to fully care for, love on, and keep clean operating standards running. They tend their animals, and they aren’t packing them neck and neck with the next cow, so that they are rolling in their own feces all day and don’t have room to breathe. Nutritionally, it’s far and away off-the-charts when compared to conventional. Cows at a conventional dairy are eating grains. Loads of them, and GMO-nonetheless. GMO, as we all know=nasty. Unhealthy. Fake. Anyhow, cows from a raw-milk dairy are most likely eating grass as much as available, and in the colder months eating things like alfalfa hay, and non-GMO feed and additives (barley, field peas, etc.).
If you care about what you eat, and if you make it a science to understand where your food is coming from, how it’s raised and handled, how it is impacting other aspects of this world, then I suggest you research the idea of raw milk yourself. It’s every person’s opinion on whether they think it’s absolutely unsafe or something they’re willing to try to gain health–we all have those choices, and I have been pretty much disgusted with the rampant malicious greed coming from all sectors of our nation’s national food producers (both fast-food and farm-based). So this is the answer for me: small farm, small scale living, etc. I love it.
I was absolutely encouraged today by meeting Michelle and her farm and family. It reminded me of really hard work for an important purpose–self sufficiency and sustainable stewardship. It really made me feel like maybe one day I could make this dream a reality as well. Who knows. Maybe it’ll start out with a cow on my front lawn. Maybe it won’t. Maybe I will name that cow Cleopatra like I told my husband, maybe I won’t. Either way, meeting people living a completely different lifestyle than most intrigues and excites me.
All my love,