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Sara Shipley Hiles
Freelance journalist, part-time faculty member at Western Kentucky University
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After spending the day Thursday at the Crave Brothers dairy - an innovative farm that uses conventional (non-organic) farming methods - I found it an interesting contrast Thursday night to meet an organic dairy farmer who lives just five minutes away from the Crave farm. Jim Miller runs R&G Miller and Sons, Inc. farm in Columbus, Wisc., with his brother, cousins, and other relatives - 11 families in all. The farm has 300 dairy cows and 2,000 acres of crop land, plus a new grass-fed beef operation. I met Miller at the SEJ conference at a reception put on by... Continue reading
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One of SEJ's many tours Thursday took participants to the Crave Brothers dairy farm in Waterloo, Wisc., less than an hour's drive from Madison. Our tour included a look at the barns where the farm's 1,000 dairy cows are kept, a peek into the cheese-making operation next door, and a delicious lunch featuring several kinds of cheese made on site. SEJ-ers packed into an open-air wagon for a trip around the farm. Farmer Tom Crave told us how he and three of his brothers began the farm 30 years ago with 80 cows. In addition to its 1,000 cows, the... Continue reading
Thanks for the posting! It was a great workshop... if only I had been able to finish my project!
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