I recently became a shareholder in a cowshare operation in Chilliwack, British Columbia, called Home on the Range. The milk is expensive at (CAD)$17.50/gallon, but at least it is wonderfully available on this side of the border. Okay, the price is rather outrageous, it's about what we paid for organic heat treated milk in Korea (by the pint). But for the time being I'm willing to support the raw dairy movement here. Here's a good article describing the situation for Home on the Range.
In other excellent raw milk news, the lovely Susan, recently found a lovely Oregon cow to provide her with milk. The cow's name is Opal and her milk is fine, indeed. Sweet and rich (around 6%). Susan pays (USD)$10/gallon to Opal's caretaker. Susan is really enjoying the milk and hoping it will help her body~
It is really quite fascinating: on the West coast of North America there are 5 jurisdictions (4 U.S. states and 1 Canadian province), all with very different raw milk laws:
-Alaska: raw milk sales are illegal; cowsharing is legal (as of February 2009); "pet milk" sales are legal
-British Columbia: selling raw milk is illegal; cowsharing is done by about a dozen farms (from what I can tell), but most are given cease and desist order (which they don't comply with). There is a court battle looming, pending the judgement of the Michael Schmidt case in Ontario. Nobody here knows what "pet milk" is.
-Washington: raw milk dairies (and there are lots of 'em) are licensed to sell and distribute their milk by the state: this means you can walk into a grocery store and buy raw milk off the shelf, right next to other kinds of "milk products". Of note, local jurisdictions may prohibit raw milk sales. Also, raw milk delivery is legal.
-Oregon: goat and sheep milk sales are totally legal on-farm and in stores. Cow milk is limited to on-farm sales and the farmer musn't have more than 3 producing cows. Of note, state law prohibits advertising on-farm raw milk sales.
-California: raw milk is legal to sell on-farm and in stores. Of note, state law allows local jurisdictions to prohibit raw milk sales.
So, British Columbia is at the bottom of this pile, eh. Something's got to give soon here in B.C., with so much going on underground.