Breeding Season: A Pivot

We should care that the animals producing our milk are given rich and full lives and we should care that the offspring they produce are treated equally well. Matthew and I refuse to be one of those dairies that dumps babies in slaughterhouses or local rescues and so this is our answer to a problem that has been slowly building over the years. It is, what we hope, the right solution for us as we continually work to build a sustainable business model that allows others to mimic what we are doing and start their own microdairies, while making a living wage.

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Rachael Taylor-Tuller
You Are What You Eat

In no way do I want to demonize large commercial dairy farmers. These hard working men and women love their cows, their land, their families, everything. That’s why they’re still on their farms, milking their animals, and fighting, like hell, to pay their bills. I feel confident in saying their perfect scenario would most likely be many small dairy farms, around major cities, providing milk for those cities. This would create a dynamic where a farmer can take pride in the quality of his or her milk, how well he cares for his herd, and the relationship he has with his customers. I can’t think of a single farmer who wants to be part of the only giant farm providing milk for the entire country. Diversification and smaller dairies is safer for our communities, better for our environment, and healthier for everyone involved.

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Rachael Taylor-Tuller
Why Goat Yoga?

It’s empowering to be around a creature that isn’t susceptible to the pressure of social norms. It’s freeing to laugh at farts. It’s fun to be the center of attention (which in a field full of goats you most definitely are). It’s magical to laugh with reckless abandon with a group of strangers because a goat dropped a pile of milk duds on your mat.

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Rachael Taylor-Tuller
The Grass is Greener...

It’s so easy, especially in the world of social media, where the majority of everyone’s posts are their bests, a delicious meal at a fancy restaurant, flowers from a boyfriend, vacationing anywhere but where you are, to feel inadequate. That feeling can become crippling, debilitating.

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Rachael Taylor-Tuller
The Deal of the Century

Running a dairy is a recurring debit on your soul. An emotionally exhaustive expense that pulls from the depths of your being. Luckily, those of us who are called to farm take daily deposits that mean we can usually exist without being in the red…but sometimes it’s just one sucker punch after another and you find yourself curled up in the corner of a barn weeping uncontrollably.

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Rachael Taylor-Tuller
Identity Crisis

The root of who I am is a person stands in me and me alone. My children are a living and breathing extension of my soul, yes. I would never argue with that. They are the only humans alive who know what my heart sounds like from the inside of my body, but they do not define me. Matthew, who healed me in ways I didn’t even know I was broken, is my husband yes, but he does not define me. This farm, these goats, all of these animals…they’re a part of my story but they aren’t my only story.

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Rachael Taylor-Tuller
Shout Out to the Mongers

These amazing people, with taste buds of gold, are the “gatekeepers to the cheese.” When you don’t know what kind of cheese to buy for a party, or for dinner, or to go with a certain meal, or to scratch a certain “itch” your mouth has been asking for, you can ask them. Not only do they have an opinion, they have an opinion that’s backed by years of studying and appreciating cheese.

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Rachael Taylor-Tuller
Drying Off

This morning we made our last batch of cheese. We weren’t planning for this to be our last batch, but when we went to make cheese we only had 11 gallons. Matthew and I said it at exactly the same time. “The girls are done.”

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Rachael Taylor-Tuller
Don't Wait: On Death and Dying

The other night we were all curled around her watching a movie. I was on the hospital bed with her tickling her arm and playing with her hair. All of a sudden she turned to me as if to say something urgent. But she went to speak and the words wouldn’t come. I said, “Obachan, do you want to say something?” And she nodded. I kissed her forehead and said, “Do you want to tell me how much you love me?” I was half joking, because we’d already been through about 10 rounds of guessing what she was trying to say. But she started nodding vigorously. “I love you too,” I said. And I kept cuddling her old, broken, dying body.

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Rachael Taylor-Tuller
Hello YouTube!

We’re going to bring you a 10 minute daily practice complete with goats. Why involve the goats? Because, it’s a cornerstone to our personal belief that all of us can benefit from even a Frankenstein version of yoga. Your skill level doesn’t matter. What matters is that you’re out there doing it.

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Rachael Taylor-Tuller