Unpasteurized ("raw") milk is the pillar of Diversity Farm around which the delivery groups are organized. There aren't as many producers in the Grand Rapids area as there once were, and we are increasing our efforts to fill this gap. It is clear that the demand is present. In Michigan, the only way to legally obtain raw milk is through a herd share program. Herd share programs require a person to sign contracts and purchase shares in the dairy herd in order to receive a share of the milk that the herd produces. Diversity Farm has been offering a herd share program for over 10 years. We are excited to announce, as of summer 2015, that after receiving the results from a lab test of herd genetics, we are now able to offer A2 milk, which helps us serve some potential owners who have shown allergic sensitivities to A1 raw milk (currently the most typical type available). It is Atlee's intention to eventually have his entire herd produce A2 milk.
How it Works
We provide a convenient approach. This is not a ride-share program where everyone collectively takes turns. Unless you opt to pick it up at the farm yourself, a local delivery manager (Kathryn or LeeAnn) takes sole responsibility for pick-up and delivery of milk and any other items ordered from Diversity Farm. Delivery managers also collect payments on Atlee Yoder's behalf and issue him a single check so that he can spend more time farming and less time doing paperwork.
Once you complete the new sign-up checklist your name will be added to a herd share group email list. These are used only for the purpose of updating you on group business or offering occasional opportunities that arise from other farm contacts.
Orders are created and managed through the use of a Google spreadsheet that you can change and edit from your own computer or mobile device at any time of day within a defined order period.
1 Share is $60. This is the one-time initial investment made in the herd. 1 Share entitles you to 1 gallon of milk per week. Multiple share purchases are allowed depending on availability. 2 Shares would be $120, 3 Shares $180, etc. Share investments are returnable to you should you dissolve the agreement.
Monthly boarding fees for A1 milk are $20 per month per share. This is the revolving monthly cost for animal upkeep. Boarding fees for 2 Shares would be $40, 3 Shares $60, etc.
Monthly boarding fees for A2 milk are $30 per month per share.This is the revolving monthly cost for animal upkeep. Boarding fees for 2 Shares would be $60, 3 Shares $60, etc.
In addition, because a local delivery manager takes sole responsibility for group management, payment collection, communications with farm owners, pick up and delivery, there is an additional delivery and administration fee associated with each group. Contact local delivery manager for fees.