Seed to Cheese is the motto at Ferndale Farmstead, an artisan cheese shop in Whatcom County, and for good reason. Ferndale Farmstead is a vertically integrated farm and cheesemaker, meaning the farm grows the grass which is fed to the cows they raise, and those cows produce the milk they need to make their handmade artisan cheese. It all follows a European model known as ‘zero kilometers’ where the finished product is within walking distance, or zero kilometers of the farm it was grown/raised on.
It’s the best time of year here in Washington—fair season! The Washington State Fair runs through Sunday, September 24th in Puyallup, and this year the Dairy Farmers of Washington (DFW) are making quite the splash--milk splash that is!
For the first year, DFW is the proud sponsor of the newly renovated Milking Parlor on the south side of the Showplex.
Welcome to our blog series, Dairying: Through a Woman’s Eyes. This series will highlight women who are actively owning or operating dairy farms around our great state of Washington. These women play pivitol roles in day to day farming operations; shattering the old stigma of dairy farming.
The Dairy Farmers of Washington awarded $1,000 community achievement scholarships to two high schools seniors. Travis Lenssen and Loryn Casey each received awards for their involvement in 4-H or FFA dairy programs and commitment to the dairy community. This scholarship program began this year with a goal to recognize graduating seniors who exhibit excellence in academics, leadership, passion for the dairy community and community service.
Aug 10 & 11- DFW Board Meeting
August 22- Biofiltro Ribbon Cutting at 10 a.m.
For a state with a usually mild and comfortable climate, Washington is welcoming August with the complete opposite- an extreme heat wave. Temperatures like this can cause added stress for the people, but also other important residents…dairy cows.
Washington is home to more than 275,000 dairy cows who are most content and productive in temperatures ranging from 40-70° Fahrenheit (F), which on a normal day makes the Pacific Northwest the perfect place for them to live. But, warm days cause the cows to feel lethargic and downright uncomfortable.
Jim Werkhoven of Monroe, WA and Lana Smaciarz of Raymond, WA were recently elected to serve on the Dairy Farmers of Washington (DFW) board.
Werkhoven, with his brother, milks 1,300 cows on their farm which is about 30 miles northeast of Seattle. Werkhoven’s participation on various dairy organization boards such as, Darigold, Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, and National Milk Producers Federation have given him a wealth of knowledge and understanding of many aspects of dairy. With that experience, his first order of business on the DFW Board is simple—to listen.