Our Farmers

Milk Not Jails partners with farmers who support our goal of building a new urban-rural relationship, one that is not centered around the prison industry but on humans interacting in fair and mutually beneficial ways. We focus most of our organizing on building relationships with dairy farmers, who are responsible for 80 percent of agricultural sales in New York. However, we welcome all farmers to join our statewide initiative. In exchange for political support, Milk Not Jails offers these small farms throughout New York State new marketing and sales opportunities. If you are a farmer and would like more information on becoming a partner of Milk Not Jails, please contact us at (917) 719-MILK or milknotjails@gmail.com.

Get to know the Milk Not Jails farmers and buy their products today.

Cowbella LogoCowbella Creamery at the Danforth Jersey Farm was founded in 1817. Our 30 cow Jersey dairy is home to the 5th, 6th, and 7th generations of Danforths to  have grown up and live on the farm.  Fourth generation George, who ran the dairy with son Russell until his passing in 2004, had a dream for the farm to stay in the family and continue into the future.  Shannon took over management of the farm in 2006 and she and her mother Gail started Cowbella to preserve their family’s legacy.  Cowbella’s butter and non-fat yogurt began as kitchen experiments.  To this day, we make both with the freshest fruits, herbs, and other ingredients we can find.  Every batch is small and handmade and we use only natural ingredients, never any fillers, thickeners, or preservatives.

Hawthorne Valley Farm: We are a certified organic farm using biodynamic farming practices for over 35 years.  Our farming practices reflect our commitment to protecting the health of the earth and all who live on it, and our education and outreach programs strive to raise awareness of the social, ecological, and economic importance of agriculture in our daily lives.  We’re working to build a new food paradigm predicated on providing nutritious food to all people in our foodshed, preserving farmland, making land accessible for sustainable agriculture, enhancing regional economic vitality, and fostering connections between people and the living land.

Ronnybrook Farm Dairy: At Ronnybrook, our cows are like family to us.  They are the offspring of a long line of prizewinning Holsteins that the Osofsky family has raised for nearly 70 years.  We use no pesticides on our fields, manure is our fertilizer of choice and we use cropping techniques that promote healthy soil.  Our cow’s diet is a healthy, natural one.  We strive every day to make sure yours is too.  In the rare event one of our cows gets sick, she is taken out of the milking rotation and isolated from the rest of the herd.  If our veterinarian tells us that she needs antibiotics to get well, that’s what we do.  Same as we would do with one of our children.

tonjes cheeseTonjes Dairy is tucked away in the rolling hills of Sullivan County, in the Western Catskill Mountains.  As a second generation farm, we intend to preserve the fresh air, clean water and healthy soil through sound sustainable agricultural practices. Our cows are grass-fed, turned out on pasture and fed hay and forage from our farm in the winter.  We maintain a closed herd, which means we raise our own animals.  They are never given BST growth hormones or animal based feeds.  No herbicides are used on our fields. In 2003 we began making farmstead cheeses in addition to fresh milk our on-farm plant.


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