"We have seven adult goats and seven adolescent goats and they support a 27 family dairy share. There are also some people who occasionally get dairy products from the dairy share and there are some people who occasionally barter. Right now, we offer milk, cheese, kefir and yogurt. One of the things that we’ve learned from the dairy share is how ridiculously overregulated and full of obstacles it is to try to do something like a dairy share. It’s because the regulatory environment is really geared towards large dairies and it’s because there’s a long history of fear and misinformation about raw milk. The current dairy share that we have is, I would say, in a quasi-legal gray area and that’s not a very comfortable place to be.
"But just think about this for a minute because small scale, in our case, is eight milking goats. It’s a very small scale. Those eight goats feed, provide dairy products for 27 families. Well this makes a lot of sense. It makes way more sense than any other model that I can think of, but the only way we can do it is to find some loophole and do something that’s actually quasi illegal but it’s the only thing that really makes sense in terms of having a sustainable local economy.
"The Weston Price Foundation has put quite a bit of effort into creating this Farmer to Consumer Legal Defense Fund, which provides legal assistance and other kinds of support services for small farmers. Recently, in Massachusetts they were trying to outlaw raw milk, so the Weston Price Foundation bought a cow to graze the Boston Commons and milked her and fed people raw milk as a way to sort of protest and expose how ridiculous it is that people milking cows and drinking the milk, which has gone on for millennia, is currently illegal."