Raw Deal

On Sunday morning I stopped by Lisa McCrory’s Earthwise Farm and Forest in Bethel, Vt., to photograph her hand-milking Cocoa, the family’s Jersey. The Valley News did a story about McCrory and other area farmers getting together for Rural Vermont’s Raw Milk Summit later in the day. I had been to the farm before for a couple of my book projects — it is impressive to see the progress Lisa and her husband have made in building it up from scratch!
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From top: Lisa McCrory leads her Jersey cow Cocoa to the pasture’s edge to milk it early in the morning. Milking the cow once a day, McCrory said she gets about 2 1/2 gallons of raw milk a day to sell to neighbors and for use by her family at Earthwise Farm and Forest in Bethel, Vt.; McCrory pours raw milk into a container to be filtered and cooled. McCrory was among the farmers taking part in Rural Vermont’s Raw Milk Summit in Bethel.

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