Back in the day when the only test for getting a mortgage was the ability to “fog a mirror,” Sharon Palmer and James Cecil Stewart might have gotten away with it.

healthyfamilyfarm1All they did was to cook up some creative financing so they could exercise an option to purchase the leased Ventura County, CA, farm…

The owner of a California organic dairy is working with state officials to find the source of Salmonella that has twice this month caused recalls of his raw milk, even though he believes the state’s test results are not indicative of the safety of his unpasteurized dairy products. logo-Organic-Pastures-Dairy-CoThe 500-cow operation, Organic Pastures Dairy Co.…

Mark McAfee, founder and president of Organic Pastures Dairy, has “lawyered up” before once again taking on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), this time over the interstate ban on transporting raw butter. He has enlisted Gary Cox, general counsel to the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund, to represent him. OPrawbutter_406x250On March 2, 2015, McAfee…

A business plan announced a year ago for selling raw milk at retail outlets in Las Vegas and other locations around Nevada will fail unless it can surmount a critical legislative barrier on or before April 12.  The plan, announced in April 2012, is for Amargosa Creamery to operate a small dairy to produce raw…

Minnesota raw milk dairy farmer, Michael O. Hartmann, 59, avoided facing a jury next month by pleading guilty on October 15 to two misdemeanor counts: illegally selling raw milk and raw milk products, and selling other foods such as beef and pork without a proper license. Raw milk is milk that hasn’t been pasteurized to…

For the second time in four months, California has issued a statewide recall and quarantine on dairy products from Fresno-based Organic Pastures Dairy. Both of this year’s recalls were triggered by the detection of Campylobacter bacteria in samples of the dairy’s raw cream. In the first recall, imposed on May 10, the bacteria was…