I have a friend in Canberra and she is part of this scheme whereby you buy/lease part of a cow with other members of a cow owning community. You pay so much to the farmer for the upkeep of the cow, its feeding, milking and care and in return you get to take your kids to the farm or just yourself if you wish, you can meet the cows, help take care of them if you wish, milk them and so on.
You also get fresh cow milk, totally unadulterated, fresh from the cow milk delivered to a central depot where you can collect your quota each day/week/whatever or for a small additional fee get it delivered to your home.
I think this is an awesome idea! My friend also swears by the milk, saying how amazing it tastes, how much more good it is for you and how much more nutritious and less likely to cause allergies and all that kind of stuff.
I wish I could buy shares in a cow and have proper milk, I imagine what we get in these plastic bottles is really a poor diluted version of the real thing.
Evidently the money helps to keep the cows in organic, sustainable conditions too, having a nice life out roaming free, not being messed with unnecessarily. No doubt it helps the farmer make ends meet too and I’m all for that communal, sharing for the good of all kind of approach.
I daren’t tell the kids I want shares in a cow, they’re just about coping with my jars and bottles of fungus, yeast and bacteria and my sprouting trays of all kinds of bean. I think they reckon I’m going slightly mad, perhaps they are right 😀
For any Canberrans out there who fancy their share in a cow its called Jacqua Herdshare and if you just stick that into Facebook you’ll find their page and from there you can find out more.
I’m going to search for any similar schemes in the UK, maybe there’s even one near me.