Active Raw Milk Farms Across North America

Raw Milk Institute (RAWMI) Listed farms submit test data monthly to show that they are in compliance with RAWMI Common Standards, which target a rolling three-month average of <5,000 standard plate count (SPC) and <10 coliforms per ml of raw milk.

  • British Columbia, Canada Dairy #1

*Due to the Canadian legal situation with raw milk, these dairies choose to be unnamed on the RAWMI website.

Interested in becoming RAWMI Listed? RAWMI will work with raw milk dairies of all sizes. Learn more here.

 

Churchtown Dairy

Listing Status: Active since 2018

Location: Hudson, New York
Contact: Kam Bellamy - info@churchtowndairy.org, (518) 851- 2042,  www.churchtowndairy.org
How to Buy: Direct farm sales only; contact info@churchtowndairy.org for details

Profile: A project of the Foundation for Agricultural Integrity, the Churchtown Dairy is a biodynamic raw milk dairy farm that strives to serve as a beacon for those working to promote regenerative agriculture and restorative communities. Located on 250 acres in Claverack, NY our herd is comprised of 28 dairy cows and about an equal number of young stock and beef cattle. Our Brown Swiss, Jersey and Guernsey stock eat a primarily grass-fed diet and are given a life as in tune as possible with their natural rhythm. Calves are kept with their mothers and run with the herd, causing a slight decrease in milk production but also reducing stress on both the mother and the calf and thereby contributing to the harmony of the herd.

Calves who are unable to be kept as replacement heifers are raised for ground beef or veal, with the same care and attention as is given to the dairy cows. We also keep a number of pigs who feast on excess milk and whey from cheese production, as well as grain and table scraps. We strive to create a whole-system farm, in which nothing is wasted and all is either eaten or properly composted.

Working with the rhythms of the land, the sun, and the farmers, we work to create a farm that is both beautiful and healthy for the land, the animals, the farmers, the water, and our surrounding community.

Guiding Documents:

Recent Test Data:

Date Standard Plate Count (cfu/ml) Coliforms (cfu/ml)
May 2019 <1,000 0
April 2019 <1,000 0
March 2019 <1,000 0
 
 
 

Fond Du Lac Farms

Listing Status: Active since 2016

Location: Casa Grande, Arizona
Contact: Rick Anglin - info@fonddulacfarms.com,  fonddulacfarms.com, (844) 729-3276 (844-RAW-FARM)
How to Buy: available at all Arizona Sprouts Farmers Markets stores as well as other locations; for a current list, see fonddulacfarms.com/store-locations

Profile: Here at Fond du Lac Farms, we are committed to the timeless practices of yesterday coupled with the knowledge and information of today. We believe that God created food to care for His creation and that altering it’s natural state is unnecessary. For thousands of years people have consumed fresh milk and have enjoyed all the benefits. Today’s information allows us to handle this product with great care so that both your family and ours cans consume milk as nature intended.

Guiding Documents:

Recent Test Data:

Date Standard Plate Count (cfu/ml) Coliforms (cfu/ml)
May 2019 300 0
April 2019 <250 <1
March 2019 <250 <1
 

Free Hand Farm

Listing Status: Active since 2017

Location: Placerville, California
Contact: Spencer & Melissa Tregilgas - freehandfarm@gmail.com, 530-295-9458, www.freehandfarm.com
How to Buy: Free Hand Farm does not sell milk. Milk from the farm is available to the co-owners of the cows through a herdshare program. For more information about the herdshare please contact Spencer or Melissa Tregilgas. please visit our website.

Profile: Free Hand Farm is run by Spencer and Melissa Tregilgas and their 3 daughters, on 95 acres of California foothill pasture. The small herd of Jerseys and Jersey cross cows is owned by members of the herdshare and kept on pasture year round, supplemented seasonally with hay and a small amount of non-gmo grain. Using careful management of the land and the animals grazing it, Free Hand Farm works to grow healthy soil, healthy animals, and delicious, richly satisfying food.

Along with raw pastured Jersey milk for members of the herdshare, Free Hand Farm also provides pastured eggs, grassfed lamb, grassfed beef, pastured pork and farm-grown wool products to their community.

Spencer and Melissa are committed to providing the highest quality milk possible to their share owners, while building a farm that is biodiverse and truly sustainable.

Guiding Documents:

Recent Test Data:

Date Standard Plate Count (cfu/ml) Coliforms (cfu/ml)
June 2019 220 4
May 2019 1,300 <1
April 2019 1,300 <1
 

Godspeed Hollow

Listing Status: Active since 2018

Location: Newberg, Oregon
Contact: Sarah King - Sarah@godspeedhollow.com,  503-515-7293, www.godspeedhollow.com
How to Buy: Direct farm sales and herd share, available for pick up from the farm or via drop site ; contact Sarah for details

Profile: Located in the heart of the Willamette Valley, Godspeed Hollow is a small, raw milk dairy operated by Bubba and Sarah King. As 5th generation community members, the primary focus and purpose of the farm’s work is to establish and maintain local access to food and drink for generations to come. While the farm provides a diverse product offering to community members, dairy cows have become the farm’s primary focus.

Godspeed represents our journey to the farm , through the support of family and friends and those who came before us on the property. It is a sentiment meaning best wishes for safe and prosperous journey. Our mission is to ensure all who we work with and whom visit our farm find care and nourishment, respite from their journey, and Godspeed.

Guiding Documents:

Recent Test Data:

Date Standard Plate Count (cfu/ml) Coliforms (cfu/ml)
June 2019 500 0
April 2019 500 0
March 2019 700 0
 

Jewel Hill Farms

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Listing Status: Active since 2019

Location: Marshall, North Carolina
Contact: Ernest & Kimberly Ramsey - Jewelhillfarms@yahoo.com, 828-380-9507,  https://www.facebook.com/JewelHillFarms/
How to Buy: Herd-Shares and Pet Milk; on-farm pick-up.

Profile: Jewel Hill Farms is a grass-fed, earth and cow friendly, raw milk micro dairy. The farm is situated on 40 acres of beautiful, natural grass pastures which the cows graze on year round. Our 4 beautiful cows are registered a2/a2 Jerseys. Jewel Hill Farms Micro-Dairy is owned and operated by Ernest & Kimberly Ramsey and their 4 children and 3 grandchildren. The farm has been continuously owned and farmed by the family for 5 generations and close to 100 years; in fact, our Uncle is the oldest living dairy farmer in the state of NC at 95 and still going strong who attributes his health to drinking Raw Milk his whole life. 

Jewel Hill Farms is dedicated to safe raw milk. The Family Cow & the Shank family, pioneers with an on-farm raw milk laboratory, mentored us with development of one for Jewel Hill Farms. The laboratory gives Jewel Hill Farms the unique ability to establish a test-and-hold protocol for every single lot of raw milk. This assures that each bottling of raw milk falls within the coliform and SPC standards for raw milk as established by the Raw Milk Institute. 

We believe as Weston A Price Foundation believes:

  • Real Milk Comes From Real Cows

  • Real Milk Comes From Real Cows That Eat Grass

  • Real Milk Is Not Pasteurized

  • Real Milk Is Not Homogenized

  • Real Milk Contains Butterfat and Lots Of It

  • Real Milk Products Contain No Additives

  • Real Milk Can Save Family Farms

  • Real Milk Is Nature’s Perfect Food

We are real farmers who raise cows with names, not numbers; who care how our food is made, how our cows are treated, and most of all we care about your family’s well-being .

Guiding Documents:

Recent Test Data:

Date Standard Plate Count (cfu/ml) Coliforms (cfu/ml)
May 2019 <5,000 >10
April 2019 <5,000 <10
March 2019 <5,000 <10
 

My Sisters' Farm

Listing Status: Active since 2014

Location: Shingle Springs, California
Contact: Pattie Chelseth: pattie@mysistersfarm.com, www.mysistersfarm.com
How to Buy: My Sisters’ Farm does not sell milk to the public. Milk produced from the privately-owned herd is available exclusively to herd co-owners. To inquire about how to purchase a share and become a co-owner, please visit mysistersfarm.com.

Profile: My Sisters’ Farm is located on a beautiful 10-acre parcel of land in the foothills east of Sacramento. In addition to cows, they raise Icelandic sheep, Royal Palm turkeys, and Brahma and Buff chickens for eggs.

They work with bio-dynamic composting methods and strive for a farm where the animals are truly honored for their service and are given an organic and natural style of life.

Guiding Documents:

Recent Test Data:

Date Standard Plate Count (cfu/ml) Coliforms (cfu/ml)
June 2019 580 2
May 2019 1,040 <1
April 2019 295 <1

*These data reflect averages of multiple data points submitted per month.

 

Organic Pastures

Listing Status: Active since 2012

Location: Fresno, California
Contact: Mark McAfee: mark@organicpastures.com, 1-877-RAW-MILK, www.organicpastures.com
How to Buy: stores throughout CA; farmers markets; on-farm store. Truly Raw Cheese available throughout USA: www.organicpastures.com/find

Profile: OP is the visionary result of five generations of innovative farming and pioneering dairy endeavors of the McAfee family. Since the 1950’s, McAfee Farms has been a leading advocate of nature-friendly farm practices. In 1988, the farms began their transition to organic, and by 2000 Organic Pastures had become California’s first certified organic raw milk dairy and creamery. The dairy is located near Fresno, California, in the heart of the fertile San Joaquin Valley, and is the only family owned and operated certified organic raw milk dairy in California.

The constant push for the highest food quality and food safety is at the very heart of OP. OP has a diverse team that works continuously on their RAMP plan to ensure compliance and excellence. As an added measure, OP engages an internal auditor to double check and verify compliance. OP loves visitors and offers farm tours and educational outreach events throughout the year. OP raw milk, cream, butter, kefir, cheese, almonds and beef can be found in 400 retail stores and farmers markets throughout California. It is OP’s passion to provide the best quality raw milk in California and serve its thousands of healthy customers.

Guiding Documents:

Recent Test Data:

Date Standard Plate Count (cfu/ml) Coliforms (cfu/ml)
June 2019 1,200 1
May 2019 1,645 <1
April 2019 not tested <1

*These data reflect averages of multiple data points submitted per month.

 

Our Ground Up

Listing Status: Active since 2014

Location: Wilton, California
Contact: Susan Muñoz , susan@ourgroundup.com,  (916) 425-9204,  www.ourgroundup.com
How to Buy: Our Ground Up does not sell milk to the public. Milk is produced from the privately owned herd and is available exclusively to herd co-owners. To inquire about how to purchase a share and become a co-owner, please visit their website.

Profile: Susan Muñoz is the owner and operator of Our Ground Up Farm. In 2007 Susan was looking for cow manure to compost to feed worms and harvest vermi compost. She soon discovered that a healthy organic cow was not easy to find and opted instead for a year-long class in biodynamic farming. Little did she know that cow manure would once again reemerge as a force in her life! In 2009 her family was blessed with twins, and once Susan began feeding her grandchildren Sally Fallon’s raw milk formula published in Nourishing Traditions, she knew she needed the whole cow. Susan was involved in 4H during high school and raised Angus steers to go to County Fair. The ability to handle large animals catapulted her into the politics of raw milk production.

Guiding Documents:

Recent Test Data:

Date Standard Plate Count (cfu/ml) Coliforms (cfu/ml)
June 2019 210 <1
May 2019 25 0
April 2019 not tested <10

*These data reflect averages of multiple data points submitted per month.

 

P A Bowen Farmstead

Listing Status: Active since 2015

Location: Brandywine, Maryland
Contact: Sally Fallon Morell -safallon@aol.com,  (301) 579-2727, pabowenfarmstead.com
How to Buy: Farm store, farmers markets, restaurants and cheese shops.  Check here for updated list:  http://pabowenfarmstead.com/farm-store/

Profile: P A Bowen farmstead produces artisan raw cheese from pasture-fed Jersey cows in a state-of-the-art facility.  Cheesemaker Sally Fallon Morell and staff make Chesapeake Cheddar, Prince George’s Blue, Aquasco Jack and Dreamy Creamy cheese for sale in the farm store and in local markets.  The farm also produces whey-fed woodlands pork and pastured chicken and eggs.

Guiding Documents:

Recent Test Data:

Date Standard Plate Count (cfu/ml) Coliforms (cfu/ml)
May 2019 375 <1
April 2019 675 <1
March 2019 not tested <1

*These data reflect averages of multiple data points submitted per month.

 

Siskiyou Farm and Food Co-op

Listing Status: Active since 2016

Location: Grenada, California
Contact: Dusty Copeland - dusty@goatmeats.comwww.goatmeats.com, (530) 436-2348
How to Buy: Milk is produced from the privately owned herd and is available exclusively to herdshare members. To inquire about how to purchase a share and become a co-owner, please visit their website.

Profile: The Copeland family has been ranching in Siskiyou County, CA since the 1870’s and Bob and Dusty Copeland have been milking cows for their family use for over 35 years. When they retired their goat meat business and were asked by families in the local community to share their milk, they looked into it and decided to use their farm to give back to the community. They began a Farm Share in 2006, with families coming to the farm to milk the cow and raise meat and eggs for their private use. This group of individuals decided to start a non-profit organization that worked together to build the micro dairy and milk the cows. Working with Raw Milk Institute standards, they have created a healthy raw milk product. They also teach classes on how to make cheese, butter, and kefir, and have offered their acreage to members who want to begin their own projects.

Guiding Documents:

Recent Test Data:

 
 
Date Standard Plate Count (cfu/ml) Coliforms (cfu/ml)
June 2019 120 5
May 2019 370 11
April 2019 50 <1
 
 

The Family Cow

Listing Status: Active since 2013

Location: Chambersburg, Pennsylvania
Contact: Edwin Shank - edwin@thefamilycow.com, 717-729-9730,  www.yourfamilyfarmer.com
How to Buy: online ordering for drop points throughout Pennsylvania; on-farm store

Profile: The Family Cow is a certified organic, grass based, PA Department of Agriculture (PDA) permitted, raw milk dairy. The farm is situated on 122 acres of certified organic pastures that are rotationally grazed 8 months out of the year. An additional 180 acres of organic land is farmed to grow the organic grasses needed to grass-feed the cows during the winter. The 150 milk cows are Jerseys and a few Jersey cross breeds. The Family Cow dairy is owned and operated by Edwin and Dawn Shank and their 6 children. The farm has been continuously owned and farmed by the family for 5 generations and close to 100 years.

The Family Cow is dedicated to extremely safe raw milk. A web-based monitoring system, ProAct, is used to assure that all critical points of the food safety RAMP are under control.  The Family Cow may be the only raw milk dairy in the USA with this level of control to monitor, record and alert for food safety issues.

The Shank family also pioneers with an on-farm raw milk laboratory. The laboratory gives The Family Cow the unique ability to establish a test-and-hold protocol for every single lot of  raw milk. This assures that each bottling of The Family Cow raw milk falls within the coliform  and APC standards for low risk foods as defined by USA food safety experts.

Guiding Documents:

Recent Test Data:

Date Standard Plate Count (cfu/ml) Coliforms (cfu/ml)
May 2019 >5,000 <10
April 2019 <5,000 <10
March 2019 <5,000 <10

List of Inactive Farmers

 

Champoeg Creamery

Listing Status: Inactive

Location: St. Paul, Oregon
Contact: Charlotte Smith, champoegcreamery@gmail.com , 503-860-6286, www.champoegcreamery.com
How to Buy: Direct farm sales only; contact Charlotte for details

Profile: On five acres outside of St. Paul, Oregon, Charlotte Smith operates Champoeg Creamery, a small, raw milk dairy. The Jersey cows—chosen for their small size, mild temper, and for the rich, creamy milk they produce—stand knee deep in green pasture nine months of the year, and are moved daily to a fresh paddock. Charlotte is passionate about her calling. Her children suffered from eczema and numerous colds and ear infections before they started drinking raw milk. Since then, the whole family has been in excellent health. After losing her source for raw milk several years ago, Charlotte decided to research and begin her own pasture based dairy.  The intense rotational grazing system she practices insures that she is producing the highest quality raw milk.

 

Cast Iron Farm

Listing Status: Inactive

Location: McMinnville, Oregon
Contact: Christine Anderson, post@castironfarm.com, 503-560-8600, www.castironfarm.com
How to Buy: Direct farm sales only; contact Christine for details

Profile: Christine Anderson, a seventh-generation farmer is the owner and operator of Cast Iron Farm. Christine showed beef and dairy cows in her youth and has won championships for both. After going out into the world to get a “job,” she realized that the only acceptable occupation would involve her passion, namely working with cows and creating healthful and life-full food for her family and her community. In 2007, Cast Iron Farm was born out of that realization.

 

Just Earth Farm

Listing Status: Inactive

Location: Junction City, Oregon
Contact: Susanne Stover, susanne@justearthfarm.com, (541) 234-3661, www.justearthfarm.com
How to Buy: Just Earth Farm does not sell milk to the public. Milk is produced from the privately-owned herd and is available exclusively to herd co-owners. To inquire about how to purchase a share and become a herd co-owner, please visit our website.

Profile: Joe Ramagli and Susanne Stover began their farming adventure in 2007, when they met at Happy Heart Farm, a biodynamic CSA in Colorado. When their own farm finally became a reality in 2013, producing the safest and most delicious raw milk possible began with training under RAWMI-listed farmers, and has become a passion for the entire Just Earth Farm Team.

 
 
 

KID creek pastures

Listing Status: Inactive

Location: Mount Shasta, California
Contact: Shawna Barr, kidcreekpastures@gmail.com, (530) 926-5581, www.kidcreekpastures.com
How to Buy: Kid Creek Pastures does not sell milk to the public. Milk is produced from the privately owned herd and is available exclusively to herd co-owners. To inquire about how to purchase a share and become a co-owner, please visit their website.

Profile: Shawna Barr and her family were concerned about the many unknown ingredients and processing methods used even for basic foods like milk and meat.  Unfortunately, finding local farmers proved to be very difficult, and that was particularly true for meat and dairy. Instead of giving up, they bought a farm. Fast forward ten years, and now they are passionate about making local, transparently produced, nutrient dense food available to their community.