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Part 2 - Got Milk? Dairy farmer Kathie Arnold talks labor and why you should support local farmers

Part 2 - Got Milk? Dairy farmer Kathie Arnold talks labor and why you should support local farmers

March 30, 2019
In part two of this episode, I finish my talk with Kathie Arnold, about the challenges facing small dairy farms and farms in general. When a farm closes down, the community suffers in a ripple effect throughout the area. We also touch on farm labor, undocumented and otherwise, and what that means to a farm and the surrounding community. 
 
How can you find out where your milk is coming from? Go to Where is my milk from and enter the code from the top of your dairy product. It looks something like 36-3661, it may have only 3 numbers following the dash. Now you can support a local, or at least state dairy in your future purchases. 
 
As some background information on what is happening to the dairy industry, listen to this podcast from "Farm To Table Talk" episode 66 with John Ikerd, a Farm Economist who taught farmers one thing only to realize years later farming was on the wrong track. He now lectures on small farms and sustainability. It's a great listen and very important for understanding how Big Ag and how it devastates small farmers. 
 
If you could use our Amazon link for purchases at Amazon we would be grateful. It's a no-cost way to support Clean Slate Farm if you use our Amazon affiliate link for other purchases - we receive a small finders fee if you purchase through this link. Thanks! (We're saving for a greenhouse build and we're almost there!)

For cooking, beekeeping, gardening, and DIY videos see our YouTube channel at Clean Slate Farm.

Find us on Twitter @cleanslatefarm
Look for us on Facebook as Clean Slate Farm
Catch us on Instagram cleanslatefarm
Visit our new, improved website Clean Slate Farm where you can purchase our small batch blended balsamic vinegar, spice blend, and miracle hand cream.

Part 1 - Got Milk? Thank a dairy farmer…and buy local to help save a farm

Part 1 - Got Milk? Thank a dairy farmer…and buy local to help save a farm

March 26, 2019
In this two-part episode, I talk with Kathie Arnold, a dairy farmer in central New York, about some alarming happenings in the dairy industry. Like the massive loss of dairy farms in the US, from 600,000 to 40,000 and falling. How milk gets from the farm to your refrigerator, how much a dairy farmer gets paid for milk and how much it costs to produce it. Buy local is more than a catchphrase to farmers, it's their lifeblood. The loss of a small farm sends ripples throughout the communities in many ways. And farm suicides are five times higher than the national average, and twice that of military veterans.
 
As some background information on what is happening to the dairy industry, listen to this podcast from "Farm To Table Talk" show 66 with John Ikerd, a Farm Economist that taught farmers one thing only to realize years later farming was on the wrong track. He now lectures on small farms and sustainability. It's a great listen and very important for understanding how Big Ag and how it devastates small farmers. 
 
If you could use our Amazon link for purchases at Amazon we would be grateful. It's a no-cost way to support Clean Slate Farm if you use our Amazon affiliate link for other purchases - we receive a small finders fee if you purchase through this link. Thanks! (We're saving for a greenhouse build and we're almost there!)

For cooking, beekeeping, gardening, and DIY videos see our YouTube channel at Clean Slate Farm.

Find us on Twitter @cleanslatefarm
Look for us on Facebook as Clean Slate Farm
Catch us on Instagram cleanslatefarm
Visit our new, improved website Clean Slate Farm where you can purchase our small batch blended balsamic vinegar, spice blend, and miracle hand cream.

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