just met the amazing farmers who are making a crowd-founding project in switzerland.
They bought a farm about a year ago, and want to process the milk directly to cheese. As buying a farm is almost impossible for young folks, they needed money from a bank, and now not much is left to build the processing facilities required by law to transform milk. The cheese they make in the kitchen is good, they learned to make it in the alps.
They are farmers to produce food, not to produce money.
And they do it with the hearth: the goats have horns, the cows as well, they come to greet you and want to be stroked between the horns. Why is it always the industrial farmer who have support for the things they do?
That is a hilarious video. Even though I can't afford to assist them in their fund raising I love their humor in the face of adversity.
It is so sad the expenses imposed on small farmers like this to make cheese.
"Where will you drive your own picket stake? Where will you choose to make your stand? Give me a threshold, a specific point at which you will finally stop running, at which you will finally fight back." (Derrick Jensen)
I do not know much about goats, but checked with the organisation which is working for the conservation of ancient breeds. Some goats look like "Bündner Strahlenziege", and others look like the "Pfauenziege".
They look for animals which do not need anything else than hay in winter, the cows are "Rhätisches Grauvieh" and "Tiroler Grauvieh".
posted 3 years ago
@R Ranson: I've sent an email to the farmer asking about the goat breed(s).
He replied that they are breeding "pure breeds. But not pure breeds according to hair length, color, or... but according to local".
Basically he does the same as Joseph Lofthouse with the plants, or maybe similar to Walter Jeffries. The only thing they had to respect was first to get the goats from certified organic producers to get the certification themselves. Therefore they started with what they could get their hands on. If that is not permaculture...