Happy Independence Day from Hope Refuge Farm! My prayer is that we will not lose the freedom we have left to raise our own and provide our family, friends & neighbors with fresh, nutritious foods from our family homesteads. I enjoy being as independent as possible from the commercial food industry. Last week I had a mini celebration as I walked past the shelves of milk in the grocery store, giving thanks for my little red cow. Having our own fresh, raw milk and knowing it’s not tainted with pesticides, hormones or antibiotics has been wonderful. If you’re hoping to soon be milking your own family cow, here are some ideas on what you’ll need to get started.
First of all, you need a clean milking area, and believe me, it’s nice to milk somewhere that you have storage space for your equipment so you don’t have to carry it all out to the cow each day. I decided I wanted a nice, well-lit, easily cleaned parlor with work & storage area right there. It’s probably more than necessary if you just have one cow, but the last thing you want is dirt or soiled bedding getting flicked into your pail of milk. (more…)