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UPDATE:Crackdown in California On Herd-Share Farms Over Certification Of Raw Goat Milk !!

Bloomberg
Crackdown on herd-share farms over certification

Stacy Finz, Chronicle Staff Writer
San Francisco Chronicle July 6, 2011 04:00 AM Copyright San Francisco Chronicle.

City dwellers who have bought shares in dairy animals in order to get their milk straight from the farm are angry over a recent government crackdown they say may put an end to the practice.

It's become increasingly popular for would-be farmers to invest in cows and goats. Consumers, either on their own or as part of a group, buy the animal and pay the farmer to milk and take care of it. To them, the reward is fresh, raw milk and the opportunity to be involved in the process. They don't just want to know their farmer; they want to be the farmer.

"I can't have a farm in San Francisco, so I have to do the next best thing," said Julie Matthews, a nutritionist who owns a percentage of a Bay Area cow named Lily whose milk is delivered fresh every week. Matthews also owns a share of a goat so she can feed its milk to her baby.

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/07/05/...

------------UPDATE-----------------------
Press Release
CA: Herdshare Dairy and Goat Owners File Suit Against CDFA

Falls Church, Virginia (August 9, 2011)--The Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund on behalf of its California members, San Jose goat farmers Mike and Jane Hulme and San Jose goat owners Ian Gerbode, Sara-Jane Skiwski and Sarah Sullivan, has filed a lawsuit against the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) and the County of Santa Clara.

The suit, filed July 22 in the Superior Court of Santa Clara County, asks for a declaration by the court that Gerbode, Skiwski and Sullivan have the inalienable right to purchase, own, possess and use a goat, that they have the inalienable right to consume the raw milk produced by their goat and a declaration that they have the inalienable right to contract with the Hulmes to board, care for and milk their goats. The suit asks for a permanent injunction against the State of California and Santa Clara County preventing Defendants from commencing or continuing any enforcement action against Plaintiffs "or against anyone else in California who wishes to engage in the conduct engaged in by Plaintiffs."

On May 18 the District Attorney's Office of Santa Clara County sent a letter to the Hulmes accusing the farmers of illegally manufacturing and selling dairy products at Evergreen Acres. The letter informed the Hulmes that "the unlicensed manufacturing or processing for resale of any milk or milk product is a crime, punishable by a fine of up to $10,000 and/or imprisonment of up to one year in the county jail."

In a subsequent meeting at the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office, an official from CDFA informed the Hulmes that while it was legal for goat owners to board their goats at the farm and to have the Hulmes milk the goats, the owners could only drink the milk from their goats at the Hulmes' farm; once they left the farm with the milk, Evergreen Acres had become a dairy processing plant and was violating the law since it did not have a license. The official did not explain to the Hulmes the public health reason for this distinction.

In commenting on the action threatened by the District Attorney's Office, Milk Hulme said, "It is still incomprehensible to me that a District Attorney would 'overlook' the rights of citizens in the pursuit of regulation of a private farm over milk from a goat that was clearly for private consumption by the goat owner only and not for resale. It is a sign that clearly says there is no recognition for privacy, contract law or the vast evidence that raw milk is by its nature a safer product than pasteurized milk."

As for evidence of the safety of the milk produced at Evergreen Acres, a recent standard plate count test of Evergreen Acres' milk [a test to determine viable bacteria in dairy products] was below 50-California law allows a standard plate count of up to 15,000 for raw milk sold at retail.

Hulme pointed out, "There is no injury here; no one has become sick from milk produced at the farm. There have been no complaints from either the goat owners or officials in the City of San Jose. The only conclusion I can draw is that this is a politically motivated action by the district attorney and CDFA to effectively put a small family farm out of business."

With the August 3 raid against the Rawesome Food Club in Venice, California by federal, state and local government agents, the lawsuit takes on greater importance. The police state tactics used in the raid should not stand nor should government interference with the rights of individuals to obtain the foods of their choice through private contracts and associations. This is particularly so when the individual has ownership in the animal from which the food is produced.

CDFA and Santa Clara County have until August 29 to respond to the complaint. For more information on the lawsuit, contact the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund.

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The" terrorists" hate us for our freedom ...and our love of milk

I made a funny.

EXCELLENT NEWS --- THEY SUED!!

A jury should easily see through the BS from the State/and local DA!!

This is great news for all small farmers and dairy's nation wide!

S.F. radio interview on this !

Attacks on Fresh Food Becoming Personal!
listen here
http://nourishinghope.com/2011/07/attacks-on-fresh-food-beco...

July 15, 2011 Categories: Autism News, Radio Interviews by martinmatthews

Attack on Fresh Food!
Exclusive Interviews & Discussion about Government trampling of your Right to Choose what you eat and where you get your food!

Join Julie and Martin Matthews of Nourishing Hope during their LIVE San Francisco radio program, Reality Sandwich.

WHERE: 89.5 FM San Francisco – http://KPOO.com

We’ll be investigating recent actions by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) to SHUT down some of the last remaining natural family farms.

It’s ALARMING – across the nation our government is impeding access to REAL FOOD, while ignoring our Constitutional (and innately human) Rights.

Fresh nutritious food is vital to nourishing hope!

READ ABOUT what just happened in the San Francisco Bay Area, and Julie’s response in the paper and on the radio.

Program GUESTS:

* Kristin Canty: Director/Producer, Farmageddon
o See below for documentary film description
* Mike Hulme: Owner, Evergreen Acres Goat Farm
o Told to stop allowing herd share owners to access their milk and to become a commercial dairy.
* Mark McAfee: Owner, Organic Pastures Dairy
o Largest raw dairy producer in CA, instrumental in secure legal access to raw milk.
* Pete Kennedy: Attorney, Farm to Consumers Defense Fund
o Defends the right of farmers to distribute raw milk and raw milk products to consumers.

Our Government seems to think that we are STUPID people who are unable to engage in private contracts and make our own FOOD CHOICES and that we need to be protected.

We’ll explore what’s happening RIGHT NOW on this issue, learn about the legal aspects, understand WHY people drink raw milk…and hear all about the new documentary film,

I have the solution

but I'm an entrepreneur -- so can anyone give me the contact information?

I'm using the same model on one of my start-ups and I don't want to just throw it out there.

If you haven't read the article...

I'll sum it up for you with the following two quotes:

"This is not about pasteurization,...we want to bring them into compliance."

"...But I think we can work to bring them into compliance."

From the petition ...

Today the CDFA California Department of Food And Agriculture is using broadly written regulations to put your local goat and cow share farms out of business. CDFA code 35011 and 35283 says that...

"Dealing in, receiving, manufacturing, freezing, or processing milk, or any product of milk." is illegal without a California Dairy License.

They are using this against everybody who has goats or cows that use their own milk...but cannot or do not want to become a large licensed dairy. Even small Coop farms with educational livestock programs are being asked to spend thousands on plant and facilities to become a dairy or "cease and desist" letters and threats of up to a year imprisonment and/or heavy $10,000 fines are being made.
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/3/protect-california-raw-milk...

And never forget, “Humans, despite our artistic pretensions, our sophistication and many accomplishments, owe the fact of our existence to a six-inch layer of topsoil and the fact that it rains.”

Here's an Idea:

GET OUT OF CALIFORNIA!

And another:

Come to Texas, where we leave people the f@#k alone!
(For the most part)

While being in a free state is better...relocating is not always

possible. Standing your grand and altering the society/state you live in is a better move!

I do wonder however what states are friendly to herd share, and which are not.

The war on raw milk, and people who drink it,

is probably the most ridiculous expression of tyranny I can think of.

letter publishedin the SF Chronicle.....

(note-- not my letter)

It's unfair to small farms

The San Jose district attorney and the California Department of Food and Agriculture recently shut down operations at Evergreen Acres, San Jose's only remaining farm ("Herd-share dustup," Business, July 6).

Evergreen Acres provides goat boarding and milking services through herd-share agreements. The direct sale of raw milk between farmers and consumers is illegal in California, but herd shares are not.

I'm frustrated and disappointed that I'm unable to use Evergreen Acres boarding services and receive the milk my goat provides. Herd shares are legal in California, and restricting my access to my goat and her products violates my rights.

Raw goat milk is an integral part of my diet. I easily digest it and value the nutritious vitamins and enzymes that are present due to the raw nature of this milk. As a public health professional and concerned citizen, I'm outraged that governments can violate access to my goat and her products. As an informed consumer, I would like to make my own decisions about food.

Small farms are disproportionately affected by increased (and often misguided) regulation. This is not an isolated incident.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/07/08/...

Hi Jdayh

I signed the petiton.

while IM not sure what it will do.... at least they may be able

to keep people abreast as to what is going on. Destroying the local farms of this nation (illegally at that ) is perhaps one of the worst cremes the governments can be doing!

Where's the Pro Raw Food People?

RawFoodLiberty
Legalizeliberty for two HELLO????

(((((((((( Hugs to you all and a bump for Jdayh )))))))))

And a tree sized hug for you Granger!

I just finished drinking the juice from four oranges and mashed three bananas on a plate garnished with orange pulp and raisins ...I was thinking of you and your connection to nature and one of my favorite quotes is from Thomas Jefferson, who saw,
“America as a quilt-and each square of the quilt a small family farm, each producing a living and a home.”
;)
Now, I'm going to carve my initials in the petition.

And never forget, “Humans, despite our artistic pretensions, our sophistication and many accomplishments, owe the fact of our existence to a six-inch layer of topsoil and the fact that it rains.”

Kismet

Today, The Gleaners (I volunteer at a soup kitchen every Monday) made the most wonderful fruit salad in all the whole world, and the green salad loaded with veggies and dressed with a light oil and red wine vinegar was also grand. I came home thinking what could possibly top that as a meal and lo and behold, I pulled up to at least three Agaricus augustus (Prince) mushrooms in my parking place, popping up through the gravel! I am so happy. I thought, what could possibly top that? and Lo and behold! A tree sized hug from you (((( RawfoodLiberty))))) Peace Be With You