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March 11th: The Whey Forward: Alternative Dairy Models

SAM_1134Join us Tuesday, March 11th as we hear from a panel of professionals in the dairy field. We are delighted to discuss alternative models of milk production with Organic Valley producer and board member Steve Peirson of Sar-Ben Farms and raw milk producer and advocate, Charlotte Smith of Champoeg Creamery. We’ll also learn about the delicious process of turning milk into cheese from Mollalla Cheesemaker Carine Goldin of Goldin Artisan goat Cheese.

Organic Valley is a mission-driven cooperative, owned by family farmers, who set their own prices for what they get paid. The central mission of the cooperative is to support rural communities by protecting the health of the family farm — working toward both economic and environmental sustainability, making the profession stable for future generations, ensuring humane animal treatment and the stewardship of the environment.

Besides producing raw milk, Charlotte also raises beef and poultry, teaches classes on nutrition and cheese-making and is spearheading the Oregon Raw Milk Producers Association. ORMPA’s mission is to preserve and expand the rights and freedoms of Oregon residents to produce and consume raw milk; to reduce the risk of food-borne illness associated with raw milk, and to provide educational opportunities to farmers, consumers, regulators and others. Read more about Champoeg Creamery here>>

Carine Goldin’s cheeses are inspired by memories of her French upbringing in the Savoie region of France. These french style farmstead cheeses are crafted on a small-scale in a traditionally artisan manner made from the milk of the resident Alpine herd. Likewise, the quality of the milk is influenced by the local soil and climate of the Pacific Northwest. Carine’s Fromagerie passed all the strict requirements of the Oregon Department of Agriculture in June 2009 and is a Grade “A” dairy and cheesemaking facility.

to preserve and expand the rights and freedoms of Oregon residents to produce and consume Raw Milk.
We seek to reduce the risk of food-borne illness associated with raw milk in Oregon by creating a network of producers & consumers who will be able to respond to the needs of the Oregon Raw Milk Community by:
Recommending basic practices for the production and distribution of Raw Milk in Oregon, providing training opportunities and mentorship to farmers, education of consumers, and providing outreach to new Oregon Raw Milk Producers, consumers, regulators, universities, the media etc.

Join the Conversation and Bring your Friends and Family

InFARMation (and Beer!) happens every 2nd TUESDAY of each month at Holocene (1001 SE Morrison) in Portland. Its always free, open to the public, and all ages. Doors open at 5:30, Presentation runs from 6:30-8.

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