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dairygoddess-banner.jpgI was just noticing that so many wonderful visitors come to this blog site address to visit Dairy Goddess but actually my most updated blog address is now accessible via my website….

http://www.dairygoddess.com/blog-2/

I am so sorry for the inconvenience and not advising you of that sooner.

I have  to admit I am behind on posting on that blog site too. I plan on making a post though, very soon!

I have so much to share with you. Not only has my blog moved onto my website but my cows have moved to our new farm too. (Just up the road from our previous farm)

Why the move you ask? Well, we have made the decision to transition to Organic Farming. We are about half way there (It takes about 3 years to transition). We are really excited for our last half!

As you can imagine we have been so very busy with this move and transition so please be patient…I can’t wait to share with you all of our goings on.

My Mom always had a saying growing up…”The ones you love the most are the ones that often get neglected…” I feel that is so true with my Blog and it’s followers AKA “Godd-etts” I promise I am going to try to be better. I truly love blogging and I love each of you!

Have a “Dairy” Good Day!

Barbara AKA Dairy Goddess

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Abundant and Safe Food Provided By US Farmers

 

The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts.  No Americans have been more impoverished than these who, nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving.  ~H.U. Westermayer

Since our move to Central California in 2006 I feel like we have gone through so much and so many changes. The timing of our relocation was the first major drop in milk pricing, teamed with high cost of production. We have had those highs and lows since then. In 2006 I  had left my immediate family and lifelong friends. My kids were off to college and it was just Tony and I.

As I reflect during this Thanksgiving season I am grateful for my gratitude….meaning that when everything is “easy”  you never really feel gratitude. It is often only during difficulty that you can appreciate the simple, most important things. You step out of yourself and reflect.  It helps you to cope. You gain gratitude for health of mind and body. Gratitude for family and friends, old and new (I have met so many new and wonderful friends, for that I am grateful). You are grateful for the roof over your head and the food on your table.

As a third generation dairy farmer, I would never have thought that we  would have to stand up and defend what we do and why we do it. I mean, isn’t it just common sense? The truth is as we took our consumers for granted. As they moved away from the rural, we just expected them to believe the misinformation being said about us and what we do. People with different agendas were speaking and we weren’t responding. I am grateful for social media. It gives me a platform to reconnect with the consumers and correct some wrongs.

 I want people to make clear choices based on truth and facts. Our decisions regarding food should not be made based on guilt, social status and creative labeling.

When you have gratitude it does to leave room to be judgemental… 

Most of us have not had pains of true hunger in our bellies…but there are many, many people that have! God bless them all!

Below I have enclosed a link on an article written regarding the division of food in the US. There are many blessed people in our nation that have many choices for their food. They have the money to afford them that luxury. For them I am so happy. I reach out to them to remember that there are so, so many that do not have that luxury. We must keep common sense with in our food production. We must be able in the US to provide enough food for our growing nation and world.  #foodthanks



 

Divided We Eat

As more of us indulge our passion for local, organic delicacies, a growing number of Americans don’t have enough nutritious food to eat. How we can bridge the gap.

http://www.newsweek.com/2010/11/22/what-food-says-about-class-in-america.html#

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China...Is that Organic?

 

As a farmer I get so upset at the “branding” and “creative” labeling on packages. I have blogged about it before. I have linked a video below showing how Whole Foods Markets gets “creative” with the labeling! 

This trend is becoming more blatant.  Whole Foods, which takes it’s often “elitist” food stance. Selling food to the rich and famous while making those on a budget often feel guilty that they are not providing “Organic” food for their families! 

Whole Foods sells a “California Organic” product that is “certified” yet it is from China! This labeling is taking advantage of the consumers trust and hard earned dollar.  

 US organic market is highly regulated. California producers invest in that type of farming for consumers who wish to purchase it. 

 In China, they do not have the same standards. They can produce these products cheaper because the do not have the same “rules”.  So to improve their profits they use the right words on the packaging but fail to provide the consumer what they innocently believe they are paying for. That is just WRONG! 

See for yourself    
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQ31Ljd9T_Y&feature=player_embedded

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