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Compassionate Capitalism and Dairying

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I agree. I bring kefir grains, herbs from my garden, and some of my

vegetable share to the CSA dairy farming family that provides me with

the milk and cream that I drive an hour out of town to obtain. It's

the least I can do. They are good people who enjoy dairying, and they

are making an effort to provide wholesome products to the people that

want it.



What I see is that there are those who may be selling raw milk as a

hobby level income. My farmer is one. I don't know what other income

they have, but with only one milking cow, they are only making about

$800 a month, before expenses and labor for the milk they sell. They

are providing a very modest partial income, while supplying a handful

of families delicious raw milk at $5 a gallon. Obviously this isn't

their only income or they would have to raise their price. As far as

I know all of the families buy their milk travel some 50-100 miles

round trip to buy it. This makes it a win-win situation for all involved.

We are loyal customers. They never have to call us up and ask if we

are coming for our milk. We leave little care packages for them as

a further way of thanking them.

This is the small town mentality that I like so much. This is one

of the reasons why Oregon drew me - the friendly, small town outlook.


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