REAL AND WHOLESOME - RAW MILK
Field Trip Success!
April 27, 2015
Duivenvoorden Farms recently hosted a field trip for nearly 40 children and parents of a local homeschooling group! It was such a wonderful experience to share the farm with these families who were so eager to learn about what we do. They learned about the milking, the feedings, and everything in between!
The entire group started off with a tour of the milk barn while Farmer Marc was milking the cows! This is very exciting because not everyone gets to see us in action (it is usually too early in the morning!). Next, we split into two groups - one got a detailed tour of our jar room and tank room, and then bottle-fed milk to the baby calves. The other group went to the veggie garden, hay barn, and our newly constructed fodder room, where they learned about what our cows eat and then proceeded to feed hay and fodder to our milk cows. What a blast it all was! Not only did these families learn about raw milk, but they got to see all of the ins and outs of the farm and what we do on an everyday basis. After the tour and chores were completed, we quizzed the group on fun facts that they learned (and some awesome Duivenvoorden Farms swag was given out as prizes - what a lucky bunch!). There was so much space to explore and so much to look at - cows, veggies, calves, goats, tractors, barns, cats, dogs! After all was said and done, the families stayed to picnic and enjoy snacks in the shade. A wonderful morning, to say the least.
Words cannot express how happy and energized we felt after these families toured the farm! It makes us so proud to teach young children and adults about where their food comes from and how amazing agriculture truly is. Duivenvoorden Farms has been farming for over 50 years and feels honored to be able to pass down the real "farm experience" to the next generation.
If you have a class or homeschool group that would like a tour and hands-on experience at our farm, please e-mail or call us to schedule an appointment or field trip! We would be more than happy to show you around!
Thanks for reading!
January 5, 2015
The fodder system is finally up and running and the cows had their first taste of luscious green barley sprouts this morning! After months of constructions, tedious assembly, electrical and water additions, and a long wait for seed delivery... WE ARE PRODUCING GREEN FEED! Here at Duivenvoorden Farms, we could not be more excited to get this huge addition up and running. If you are interested in taking a tour of the system, please contact us to schedule an appointment. With the "barn" being a temperature and humidity regulated environment, we cannot have people just walking into the system. So call us and we will be more than happy to show off the new sprouts! Here are some pictures of the beginning stages of growth all the way to feeding the milk cows the finished product.
Dear Herd Share Owner,
With so many progressive changes on the farm and in our office, we are working hard to provide you with the best product available. Duivenvoorden Farms also strives to make your experience as easy and convenient as possible. As you may know, in the last few months, we have implemented a new book keeping system in our office. This new system betters the management of accounts and communication with herd share owners. Invoices will be sent via email, allowing the ability to make credit card payments and automatic payment schedules.
As of April 1st, we are changing our payment method to a flat rate system. Instead of paying a $10 weekly Boarding Fee (gallon per week), herd share owners will pay a flat rate of $50 per share per month. If you are currently getting a half-gallon per week, “half-shares” are $25. For example, if you have two shares, your bill will be $100 every month. If you would like the equivalence of a gallon and a half every week, you would pay $75 for your monthly boarding fees. Emails will be sent on the 1st of every month and the balance will be due by the 15th of that same month. This change couples with our new computer system, and will ultimately allow herd share owners to conveniently pay monthly without error or confusion. Along with book keeping reasons, we are making this change due to the increases in irrigation costs, hay prices, PG&E costs, and labor costs.
Some great benefits to this new payment method include:
Easy payment from the comfort of your home or from your smartphone.
Avoiding confusion and inaccurate payments due to the four or five-week months.
Ability to set up recurring payments for your convenience.
Credit card and/or bank account payments are now accepted along with check and cash payments.
For those who do not have e-mail addresses or bank accounts, we are still accepting cash and check payments in the barn and in the mail. Bills that are overdue by 30 days will be charged a $10 late-fee. After 60 days unpaid (after the 15th of the unpaid month), your contract will be terminated.
If you have any questions or need more information, feel free to give us a call on the farm phone or send us an e-mail. We would be happy to provide you with a newly written contract to clarify any questions regarding this change, though it is not necessary for you to sign a new contract. This change is not a breach of the contract that you currently hold with us. Duivenvoorden Farms thanks you for your understanding and continuous support. We greatly appreciate your business and are very thankful to have you as a part of our farm family.