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Out of a gallon of raw Jersey milk, leaving about a half inch of cream on the top, I got 9 oz of butter, and 12 oz of buttermilk.

At my last store adventure, I priced 16 oz of butter at around $2.60, a gallon of milk at around $3.00, and buttermilk runs around $3.50 per half gallon. I paid $3.00 for a gallon of raw milk and made both butter and buttermilk, and had 3/4 of a gallon of raw milk left. Do the math!!!


Skim the cream off the raw milk after it has risen to the top. Place the cream in a food processor and turn on. Process until the butter separates from the buttermilk. Strain the buttermilk from the butter, and rinse the butter in cold water. Now shape it any way you want, refrigerate and drink the buttermilk before anyone gets to it!


Butter separated from buttermilk after running the food processor

making butter


finished  butter



Barbara H. Peterson


Please go to the following linked article and realize that our food supply is in danger. These bills are an attempt to restrict us from growing our own food, and will ultimately, if passed, lead to such a massive global food takeover that each and every one of us who is trying to grow our own food and become self-sufficient will be in the cross-hairs of this Federal legislation and regulated into starvation.

Section 210 of HR 875 requires that a national traceability system for each “article of food through all stages of its production, processing, and distribution” be implemented, and HR 814 lays the system out in no uncertain terms. This traceability system applies to livestock, chickens, and eggs, and is supposed to safeguard our food supply. The problem is, no one other than concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) can reasonably comply with its requirements. READ MORE…


Localize yourself. Start a Freedom Garden today!

“In our society growing food yourself has become the most radical of acts. It is truly the only effective protest, one that can – and will – overturn the corporate powers that be.” (Path to Freedom)




WHAT: CongressionaHearing on NAIS

WHEN: Wednesday, March 11

WHERE: Washington, DC


The U.S. House Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy and Poultry will hold a hearing on NAIS on March 11.  Bills to put NAIS into law, HR875 and companion Senate S814, are being pushed through Congress, as well as an Appropriations Bill with funding for NAIS.  This hearing is critical to blocking mandatory NAIS.


ACTION: Please call and fax all members of the subcommittee (below).  


1.  When you call, ask to speak to the legislative aide for agriculture.  Form a positive relationship with the aide.  Become his or her source of knowledge for NAIS.  Be RESPECTFUL and POLITE.  Remember, who would the aide rather speak with, someone who is courteous or someone angry and resentful?


2.  Please send this to everyone you know, ESPECIALLY to people in the states with members on the subcommittee.  Members need to hear from their constituents–the people who vote them into office.


If you are in one of these states, please arrange a meeting with the district representative of the Congressman.  That makes a big difference.  We need to be real people to the legislators, so that when they think “farm” or “food” they think of us, not Monsanto, Cargill, Tyson, etc…


(NOTE: The colors are for easier reading.  They have no political meaning).







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Mike Rogers





Dennis Cardoza



(202) 225-0819



Jim Costa


(202) 225-9308



Joe Baca





Betsy Markey,

(202) 225-4676

(202) 225-5870



David Scott (Chair)

(202) 225-2939

(202) 225-4628



Leonard Boswell

(202) 225-3806

(202) 225-5608



Steve King





Walt Minnick

(202) 225-6611

(202) 225-3029



Frank Kratovil, Jr.

(202) 225-5311

(202) 225-0254



Adrian Smith

(202) 225-6435

(202) 225-0207



Tim Holden

(202) 225-5546

(202) 226-0996



David P. Roe

(202) 225-6356

(202) 225-5714



K. Michael Conaway

(202) 225-3605

(202) 225-1783



Randy Neugebauer,

Ranking Minority Member

(202) 225-4005

(888) 763-1611

(202) 225-9615



Bob Goodlatte,

(202) 225-5431

(202) 225-9681



Steve Kagen,

(202) 225-5665

(202) 225-5729


For more information, or if you need help in this process, please contact us:


Doreen Hannes (417) 962-0030    
Sharon Sabo (618) 458-7745    
Sue Dederich (847) 873-0251    
Sharon Zecchinelli (802) 933-6709    
Liz Reitzig (301) 807.5063    
Deborah Stockton (434) 295.7176    


Yours for freedom,


Deborah Stockton, Executive Director

National Independent Consumers and Farmers Association (NICFA)

Our purpose is to promote and preserve unregulated direct farmer-to-consumer trade 

that fosters availability of locally grown or home-produced food products.


NICFA opposes any government funded or managed National Animal Identification System.

By Marti Oakley

To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, the Federal Meat Inspection Act, the Poultry Products Inspection Act, and the Egg Products Inspection Act to improve the safety of food, meat, and poultry products through enhanced traceability, and for other purposes. 


February 3, 2009


Ms. DEGETTE (for herself, Ms. BORDALLO, Mr. NADLER of New York, and Ms. DELAURO) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Agriculture, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned

H.R. 814 called the [Tracing and Recalling Agricultural Contamination Everywhere Act of 2009] or, [The Trace Act of 2009] is nothing less than the federal intent to mandate the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) and of course “and for other purposes”. 


(a) Definition of Traceability- In this section, the term ‘traceability’ means the ability to retrieve the history, use, and location of an article through a recordkeeping and audit system or registered identification. 

(b) Requirements- 

(1) IN GENERAL- Cattle, sheep, swine, goats, and horses, mules, and other equines presented for slaughter for human food purposes, and the carcasses or parts of carcasses and the meat and meat food products of those animals, shipped in interstate commerce shall be identified in a manner that enables the Secretary to trace- 

(A) each animal to any premises or other location at which the animal was held at any time before slaughter; and 

(B) each carcass or part of a carcass and meat and meat food product of such animals forward from slaughter through processing and distribution to the ultimate consumer. 

(2) TRACEABILITY SYSTEM- Not later than 1 year after the date of the enactment of this section, the Secretary shall establish a traceability system for all stages of production, processing, and distribution of meat and meat food products that are produced through the slaughter of animals described in paragraph (1). 

(c) Prohibition or Restriction on Entry- The Secretary may prohibit or restrict entry into any slaughtering establishment inspected under this Act of any cattle, sheep, swine, goats, or horses, mules, or other equines not identified as prescribed by the Secretary under subsection (b). 

Apparently USDA was inefficient in its efforts to forcibly overtake the US food supplies and the federal government has found it necessary to intervene and make mandatory the implementation of NAIS on all levels.  


(g) Relation to Country of Origin Labeling- Nothing contained in this section prevents or interferes with implementation of the country of origin labeling requirements of subtitle D of the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 (7 U.S.C. 1638 et seq.).’. 

Isn’t this section a hoot!  No mention is made of the labeling law passed in 2005 requiring the country of origin to be listed on the label of foods, or, the listing of cloned, genetically altered or mutated foods.  A law which this same government has refused to enforce in deference to corporate donors who know the garbage they are packaging and selling isn’t fit for human consumption. 

H.R. 814 is clearly nothing less than the federal legislation converting NAIS from a bad a idea to horrendous plan for seizing food production from any source in the US and handing it over to Frankenfood industrialized factory farms on behalf of the bio-pirates who have apparently bought and paid for this legislation. 

Ms. Degette, Ms. Bordallo, and Mr. Nadler should all be removed from office.  In fact anyone supporting or voting to pass this latest piece of anti-American garbage should be run out of the country.  

When will we stop abiding traitors, corporate whores and world government advocates in the government of the sovereign United States?  Our House and Senate on both sides are filled with individuals who have neither patriotism nor loyalty to this country and who work to dismantle our Republic, our freedom and our way of life. 

The three “public servants” sponsoring this bill are just a small trio in what has become the wholesale destruction of our nation perpetrated by one corrupted congress after another. 

What will it take for the American public to stand up and say “enough!”.

© 2009 Marti Oakley

America loves its processed fast food. However, the reality is that fast food is not so fast. Produce is routinely shipped such great distances that by the time it arrives at its destination, a good portion of its nutritional value is lost, and through processing, even more. Multinational corporations such as Monsanto are also flooding the market with unsafe Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO), with no labeling restrictions. It is time for consumers to demand to know what it is they are eating, and to fight the degradation of their food supply through localization of food sources.


The only way to ensure the quality of the food one buys is to know where it comes from and where it has been. Laurie Bostic and Kim Martin of the Barking Cat Farm in Texas left everything they knew to become local farmers. They say,


The state of our industrialized food system is alarming. The fast-food industry has significantly changed not only our culture but also how we as a nation treat the environment and the creatures we get our food from – and not for the better.


Consumers are getting wise to this and changing the way they shop for food. Yet even if you buy non-processed conventional and organic foods in grocery stores, you may not realize that most of it travels an average of 1,500 miles before it gets to the shelf. That represents a tremendous amount of wasted energy and results in a food product that is neither as healthy nor as nutritious as what we can pick from the ground and feed to somebody within hours of harvest. (2008)


Transitioning from dependency on multinational agribusiness to localized food sources is not as hard as it sounds. Individuals with land can plant their own gardens, and help others in the community to get involved by sharing some of their land, or mentoring a budding farmer. People who do not have land can lease a section of land from someone who has more than he/she needs. Local farming can become a successful business using the same method that Laurie Bostic and Kim Martin did, the community-supported agriculture, or CSA model. This is a “system in which subscribers pay upfront for the growing season. Each week everybody gets a box with the same contents, representing a sampling of whatever crops are coming in at the time” (Bostic, L., Martin, K., 2008).


Not only does this type of venture ensure that consumers are getting the freshest produce possible, but they can go to the farm, see it in the gardens, and find out how it is being grown. They can also give input on the produce they would like to purchase before it is planted.


Localization of food sources and the CSA model of farming is sustainable, environmentally friendly, healthy for the people involved in both the producing and consuming ends, and just possibly, the wave of the future in sustainable agriculture.



Copyright 2008, Barbara H. Peterson






Bostic, L., Martin, K. (2008). Laurie Bostic and Kim Martin: We left it all to be farmers. Dallas News. Retrieved from LINK