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State of Vt. approves raw milk classes

CHESTER - Rural Vermont's "Beyond Milk: Raw Dairy Processing" workshops return after a long hiatus with a special class on Wednesday, June 8, followed by a Raw Milk Victory Celebration and Ice Cream Social, at Jersey Girls Dairy, located at 157 Thompson Road in Chester.

The class is scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m., and participants will learn to make raw milk ice cream and ricotta cheese, with the guidance of Jersey Girls farmer Lisa Kaiman and local foods enthusiast Mary Jane Rando.

Preregistration is required and class size is limited. Call Rural Vermont at 802-223-7222 or e-mail shelby@ruralvermont.org.

Following the social will be a Raw Milk Victory Celebration from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

S.105, Vermont's Dairy Class Bill, restores farmers' ability to sell raw milk and protects the rights of Vermonters to learn about and make raw milk dairy products in the privacy of their own kitchens.

Rural Vermont is scheduling dairy classes throughout the summer, including "Butter, Yogurt, Whipped Cream, and Scones" on July 23 and Aug. 13 at Hawk's Hill Farm in Barnard, and "Kefir, Ricotta, and Soft Serve with Goat's Milk" on July 28 at Twin Acres in Randolph Center.

More classes are added weekly; check the Rural Vermont website for the most recent listing.

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