We have a small herd of primarily Jersey cows. We were so lucky to find our original two girls, Hershey and Baker, only a few weeks after we moved in and having been lovingly raised as family cows by 14 children. Since starting the farm in 2016, we have added many other wonderful family cows to the herd and currently have 7 mamas. Although now a rarity, most homestead farms used to have their own dairy cow who would provide all (and often more!) that was needed for the family. Seeking a similar self-reliance and home-made fertility, it didn’t take long for us to see the enormous benefits of these amazing ruminants. And they are oh, so generous in their butterfat-rich milk production.
Our cows are 100% grass-fed and are rotated daily to new grass during the grazing season. Our pastures are certified organic and during milking they get some hay and organic alfalfa pellets. They also have constant access to a wide range of minerals – a “free-choice system” – as well as salt and kelp.
We do everything in our power to ensure that the cows are healthy and happy. Calves are kept with their mothers typically for 6 months to allow the calves to bond, nurse when desired and learn the ways of being a cow from the entire herd. This lowers our milk availability, but we feel it’s the absolute best environment for everyone involved. Our Biodynamic practices have also convinced us of the need to let our cows keep their horns, a rarity in the dairy world.
Our raw milk dairy is offered through a Herdshare program. In short, you own part of our herd and are thus entitled to her milk. Each household must purchase a share for each weekly gallon desired in order to drink fresh milk in Kentucky. We have milk testing equipment on the farm to ensure the health and safety of the milk.
How do I buy milk?
The farm is transitioning to focus on dairy and growing the availability of Herdshare spots. Please fill out the form at the bottom to join the waiting list. Here’s how it works:
- Purchase a cow share for $30.00. This is not a yearly fee, just a one-time fee.
- You now have the option to obtain one gallon of milk each week for each share you own and can arrange a standing order to get milk (and other dairy products) directly through us for $12/gallon. Your gallon fee pays for the care, maintenance and the milking of your cow.
- We are a seasonal dairy and will have fluctuations due to calving and seasonal changes.
- You may pick up at the farm or request delivery ($10 per delivery fee). All milk comes in half-gallon glass jars that must be washed and returned each week. Unreturned jars and lids incur a $5 charge after 2 weeks.
Can I receive milk year-round? We are a seasonal dairy, which means we let both of our cows rest before giving birth. During this 2-3 month rest (or “dry”) period, we do not milk the cows so their bodies can focus solely on a healthy baby calf. Each cow is only in milk production for roughly 9-10 months out of the year.
What if I am out of town? Just let us know! We try hard to maintain some flexibility for our customers and appreciate the communication.
Please understand that the milk that you obtain from your cow can in no way be sold or distributed under any circumstance!
*Note that these pictures are from our first year when we hand-milked. We now use a small bucket milker for our cows.