Our Farmers

From 2009 to 2015, Milk Not Jails actively recruited farmers to participate in our campaign and social enterprise. We invited farmers to become outspoken advocates for criminal justice reform, because as rural people they had more sway with their local politicians than the people incarcerated in their districts. In exchange we offered to market, sell and distribute their products. From 2011 to 2015, Milk Not Jails ran a marketing, sales and distribution company to sell products from these farms. Below is a list of the farmers we worked with – either actively selling their products or building our statewide advocacy campaign. These farmers are still working hard today and need your support. Click through to learn more about what farmers markets and stores you can find their amazing foods at today.

Conuco Farm: Over 15 years ago, Hector Tejada decided to start farming on rented land. It was a new life, not just on the farm; Hector immigrated to the U.S. from Dominican Republic. Conuco Farm is in New Paltz, NY, 82 miles from the Brooklyn market where he has sold his life’s work every Saturday since then. He grows a bounty of “uncertified organic” heirloom vegetables and herbs. Buy his fresh and preserved vegetables and join his Community Supported Agriculture program at the Saturday Fort Greene Greenmarket in Brooklyn.

Cowbella LogoCowbella Creamery: Cowbella Creamery is part of the Danforth Jersey Farm, which was founded in 1817. The farm’s 30 cow Jersey dairy is home to the 5th, 6th, and 7th generations of Danforths to have grown up and live on the farm. 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, meats and maple products are handmade in small batches, using only natural ingredients, never any fillers, thickeners, or preservatives.

Dirty Girl Farm: Dirty Girl Farm is a small scale, sustainable goat dairy and micro-creamery in the heart of Andes, NY. We specialize in milk, fresh cheese and drinkable yogurt. Follow Dirty Girl Farm on Facebook to find out about where to buy their products and other upcoming events.

Evolutionary Organics: Since 2003, Kira Kinney has owned and operated Evolutionary Organics to make Certified Naturally Grown produce in her part of the Hudson River Valley’s New Paltz, NY. She farms a little over 20 acres of many heirloom vegetables, baby greens, herbs and pasture-raised eggs. Buy Evolutionary Organics beautiful and unique vegetable varieties and join Kira’s Community Supported Agriculture program at the Saturday Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket in Brooklyn.

Hawthorne Valley Farm: Hawthorne Valley Farm a certified organic farm using biodynamic farming practices for over 35 years. The non-profit farm works 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. They grow vegetables, make ferments, bake goods, and make yogurt and cheese. Find Hawthorne Valley Farm products at various NYC Greenmarket locations and a store near you.

Ronnybrook Farm Dairy: Ronnybrook’s cows are like family. They are the offspring of a long line of prizewinning Holsteins that the Osofsky family has raised for nearly 70 years. The farm uses no pesticides on their fields, manure is their fertilizer of choice and they use cropping techniques that promote healthy soil. The cow’s diet is a healthy, natural one. Ronnybrook Farm Dairy strives every day to make sure their consumers’ diet is too. Find Ronnybrook products at various NYC Greenmarket locations and a store near you.

tonjes cheeseTonjes Dairy: Tonjes Dairy is tucked away in the rolling hills of Sullivan County, in the Western Catskill Mountains. As a second generation farm, they intend to preserve the fresh air, clean water and healthy soil through sound sustainable agricultural practices. Their cows are grass-fed, turned out on pasture and fed hay and forage from our farm in the winter. Tonjes Dairy maintains a closed herd, which means they raise their own animals. The cows are never given BST growth hormones or animal based feeds. In 2003, Tonjes Dairy began making farmstead cheeses in addition to fresh milk at their on-farm plant. Buy Tonjes products every Saturday at the Union Square Greenmarket.

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