Cows graze in the pasture at Miller’s Organic Farm. Courtesy/MOF
By MANDY MARKSTEINER
Lana Crochet, owner of the newest restaurant in White Rock, the Rosebud Café, has been on a mission to find the perfect diet for her family for the past 12 years.
Her ideal foods are unprocessed farm fresh foods and foods that have probiotics. She helps other families in Los Alamos get access to fresh raw dairy, fermented veggies and high quality organic meats by organizing a private food-buying club.
Every month, Crochet and the other members order food from Miller’s Organic Farm. Miller’s Organic Farm is a family farm in an Amish community in Pennsylvania that follows the farming principles promoted by The Weston A. Price Foundation. Their cows are on a high forage diet and are fed no grain to ensure a higher quality, more nourishing and better tasting food. There are no synthetic fertilizers, hormones, or antibiotics used on their farm.
A free tasting is set for 4-7 p.m., Tuesday, March 11 at the Christian Church of Los Alamos, 92 East Road. At the tasting, people can sample meats, cheeses, butter, milk and veggies from Miller’s Organic Farm and find out more about becoming a member. Miller’s Organic Farm uses old-fashioned farming techniques to grow food that is an ideal fit for specialized diets, like the diet found in Weston A. Price’s book, Nutrition and Physical Degeneration.
“Dr. Price traveled the world studying sacred foods that were carefully prepared for healthier minds and bodies,” said a team member at Miller’s Organic Farm. He noticed that as each culture was industrialized, and people started to eat commercially grown foods, people became less healthy.
According to www.westonapricefoundation.org, the book is full of photographs of healthy people from other cultures that contrast with the health problems faced by American’s who eat a modern commercial diet. The photographs illustrate “in an unforgettable way the physical degeneration that occurs when human groups abandon nourishing traditional diets in favor of modern convenience foods.”
Miller’s Organic Farm is dedicated to making the nutrient dense foods that are found in Price’s book.
No Pesticides or Pasteurization
Amos Miller owns Miller’s Organic Farm in Bird-in-Hand, Penn. His brother Samuel has an adjacent farm and their father is the founder. Even though Amos and Samuel’s father was not an organic farmer, he never used pesticides or chemicals of any kind on his plants, despite his neighbors laughing at him because he had weeds in his garden. It didn’t matter what the neighbors thought. He knew that using those chemicals wasn’t natural.
As children, Amos and Samuel made butter by rolling cream across the kitchen floor in jars. Their upbringing in an Amish community gave them a deep understanding and appreciation for traditional farming methods, starting with what the animals eat.
“Cows are made to forage and get their own grass,” said Ben, a team member at the farm. “That’s what our cows do. Of course, when the ground is covered in snow we bring in high quality dried hay for them to eat. Our chickens are able to scratch in soils like they’re designed to.”
They don’t need to use commercial fertilizers, or even use an expensive manure spreader. The animals fertilize the soil naturally. Every day the cows move from paddock to paddock. Chickens follow the cows and eat the insects, and they naturally spread the manure and keep the soil fertilized.
They also have pigs, lambs, turkeys, ducks and geese. The dairy products that they sell are raw; they have not been pasteurized.
“Pasteurizing raw milk kills both the bad and the good bacteria,” Ben said. “But if the cow is fed properly the good bacteria will far outweigh the bad. When cows eat corn and don’t see the light of day, I can see why you would need to pasteurize. When cows are allowed to roam and forage, and the cow is not loaded down with hormones and antibiotics, bad bacteria are far outweighed by good bacteria. When you pasteurize, the milk becomes a dead product.”
A Private Buying Club makes it Possible to Transport Raw Food
Miller’s Organic Farm ships raw food as far as Hawaii, and like other small farms that sell raw dairy products, they have legal issues that must be navigated.
Miller’s Organic Farm works with an advocate group has defended small farms for over forty years by clarifying the line between public and private property. Even though the FDA regulates milk production, requires milk to be pasteurized in many states, and prohibits transporting raw dairy across state lines, the government has no jurisdiction over food clubs. This private property provision is supported by the 1st, 5th, and 14th amendment of the United States Constitution.
If someone wants to order food from the Miller’s Farm, they need to become a member. Members agree that they have a right to have access food to their liking without government restraint. Members pay a $35 fee, which allows them to become part owners of the farm. The Millers use the fees to expand the business and members have access to the food. View price list and find membership information at www.millersorganicfarm.com.
Lana Crochet is the Los Alamos liaison who organizes the monthly drop off in Los Alamos. Contact Crochet at email@example.com with questions about the tasting, or to find out more about the private food-buying club from Miller’s Organic Farm.