Western Water Profile: De Smet Dairy Farms

Mike De Smet is known for his friendly disposition, his inability to say no to a challenge, and a deeply ingrained love of dairy farming. De Smet grew up on the 125-acre dairy farm he now manages. But this is not his father’s dairy—he and his wife, Erica, have embarked on an ambitious and pioneering effort to build New Mexico’s first, and only, USDA certified organic, raw, grass fed dairy farm. De Smet started learning the dairy trade as soon... Read More

Farmer Profile: Introducing Rock Paper Scissors Goat Dairy of Cummington, MA

Partners Angie Arahood and Lee Lewis are launching Rock Paper Scissors Goat Dairy, a goat micro­dairy selling Certified Grade A raw milk in Cummington, MA.  Read More  Read More

Bootstrap @ The Golden Yoke – State Policy Comes to the Farm in Montana

Policy is one of those subjects that people either seem to love or hate. Some farmers have no interest in getting involved with policy, even though it might directly affect them. And clearly, most policy makers at higher levels of government have little interest or relation to farming. Bridging this divide to create policy that is responsive to the needs of dairy farmers across the United States is something that we both are active with and is a frequent... Read More

Bootstrap @ Chaseholm Farm – Training

Happy Summer! I’m writing after our recent (and very productive) dry and hot spell from the comfort of cool weather.  The cows are loving it.   This post is about the training that I have received, am currently receiving and what I still need to know…  I have been looking forward to this post because I feel like I did this farming thing a little backwards.   Growing up on a farm gave me so much experience and insight but I often had the... Read More

Introducing Goat Song Farm of Sheridan, OR

Goat Song Farm is an integrated livestock farm that sits on only slightly more than 1 acre of land, but the centerpiece to everything is the dairy. I run a raw milk herdshare program with both dairy cows and dairy goats, and while I have been doing this with the goats for 3 years, this will be my first full year with cows. My herd numbers this year are currently nine goats that will be milking, and at the moment I have one Jersey cow, one Jersey/Guernsey... Read More

Dairy Applications Rolling in for the 2013 Bootstrap Blog – Apply Now!

Dairy farmers!  Apply now to be a 2013 Bootstrap blog writer with NYFC.  2013 will be the year of dairy, and farmers will be compensated for sharing their expertise and reflections.  There are only three positions available for the 2013 season, so get in touch with us soon if you might be interested. Blog Details While in past years the blog has focused more on vegetable growers, the 2013 series will exclusively feature dairy farmers. The goal... Read More

Apply Now to be a 2013 Bootstrap Blogger

The Bootstrap Blog – featuring viewpoints of farmers in their beginning years of running a farm – is entering its third year with a landslide of enthusiasm. With special thanks to the six farmer-contributors who made 2012 a success, the blog series continues to be a wonderful resource of inspiration and ideas for the next generation of farmers. Read over the entire 2012 blog at the 2012 Bootstrap Blogger Hub. While in past years the blog... Read More

Upcoming Online Business Seminars through the National Good Food Network

Feeling like you want to brush up your farm-business skills? A few online educational opportunities are coming up from the Wallace Center’s National Good Food Network – check them out!  May 31, 2012 at 9 AM Eastern: The One Page Business Plan and One Page Financial Plan No matter what type of farm or food enterprise you envision, a business plan will serve you well. In this webinar, we will introduce the One-Page Business Plan and the One-Page... Read More