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Cow-Share College & Goat-Share University Classes Starting in September
Phone conference call classes are for both farmers and consumers

Register online
or call 703-208-FARM (3276) (Monday- Friday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. EDT)

For Flier, go to:

The Farm-to-Consumer Foundation is offering a unique educational tele-seminar series
-- Cow-Share College and Goat-Share University -- a series of three classes that cover
setting up, maintaining and upgrading a cow- or goat-share operation.

Cow-or goat-share operations are increasing in popularity as a legal alternative to
raw milk sales in most states. While the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund
provides legal advice and contracts, the Foundation saw a need for expert operations
advice and an opportunity to create a learning community of cow- and goat-share
operators that could learn from and with each other. Since consumers also initiate
cow-share operations (finding a farmer willing to buy, board and milk their cow)
these classes will be useful for both farmers and consumers at all levels of

The goal of these classes is to provide expert legal and operations guidance in a
timely, convenient and inexpensive format:

Timely - The series of three classes is repeated monthly and starts in September.

Convenient - Classes are conducted via telephone conference call. A push button
phone with long distance access is all that is needed to participate.

Inexpensive - Classes are reasonably priced with discounts for three or more classes.

All classes are held on Thursdays from 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.(EDT) and are limited to
25 participants to keep the interactions interesting, but give plenty of time for
personal attention.

The Classes:

Cow/Goat Shares 101 - Basic (Legal & Operations)
An introduction into cow/goat share contracts, set up, pricing and basic operations.
Dates:  September 11, October 2 and November 6
Instructors: Tim Wightman and Pete Kennedy, Esq.
Format: Two - 30 minute lectures and 30 minutes Q/A

Cow/Goat Shares 102 - Intermediate (Operations)
Discussion of operations refinements for optimum quality and profitability as well
as solutions to common problems.
Dates:  September 18, October 9 and November 13
Instructor:   Tim Wightman
Format: 1 hour lecture and 30 minutes Q/A

Cow/Goat Shares 103 - Advanced (Legal & Operations)
A lively forum for getting your most important legal and operations questions answered.
Dates:  September 25, October 16 and November 20
Instructors: Tim Wightman and Pete Kennedy, Esq.
Format:  90 minute open question and answer forum

About The Instructors:

Pete Kennedy is an attorney in Sarasota, Florida and is the Vice President of the
Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund. He works on dairy issues, particularly the
right of farmers to distribute raw milk and raw milk products directly to consumers.
Each week, he helps an average of two to three farmers get started in cow or
goat-share operations. He compiled the state raw milk laws and state raw milk
summaries posted at He is currently working with others to
challenge the federal ban on the interstate shipment of raw milk for human

Tim Wightman is a lifetime farmer and a board member of the Farm-to-Consumer Legal
Defense Fund. He has pioneered CSAs, organic cooperatives, farmers' markets, the
Cow-share program, Farm-share program while living in Northern Wisconsin. Tim now
lives in Western Ohio and is currently operating a small raw milk dairy. Tim
consults worldwide with dairy farmers on cow-shares, raw milk safety and direct
marketing and is the author of the "Raw Milk Production Handbook".

About Registration:

Classes are $35 each or $30 each for three or more.  Recordings of the classes will
be available for sale following the class on the shopping

Register online
or call 703-208-FARM (3276) (Monday- Friday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. EDT)

Immediately after registering, you'll receive an email with the toll-free number and
password you'll need to participate in the classes.

Taaron Meikle
Farm-to-Consumer Foundation
8116 Arlington Blvd., #263
Falls Church, VA  22042
703-208-FARM (3276)
703-208-3278 (fax)