Visitors to any of 8 farmers markets around the Austin area, and diners at premier restaurants like Odd Duck, Jack Allen's, and Lenior are familiar with Jim, Kay, & Mike Richardson, along with Jim's cousin Bobby Fellers, who've provided organic meats, eggs, and vegetables for years. Now, with Jim's brother Tim joining the crew, they'll soon be selling organic milk, cheese, and other dairy products.
6 AFI Investors recently funded $97,000 to Richardson Farms Dairy & Creamery or Rockdale, TX, to purchase pasteurizing and cheesemaking equipment, a rain collection & storage system, and to pay-off local contractors who had helped build the new dairy building.
And, it turns out small scale artisan dairies are a "thing"... see this 4/12/16 New York Times piece "Milk Jumps Onto the Small-Batch Bandwagon".
See the Richardson Farms Dairy & Creamery Deal Page.
An interesting article highlighting issues related to converting to certified organic farms, the age gap of current farmers and lack of clear succession opportunities. A great mention of two groups trying to address these issues; Evelyn Rosas who is a sustainable agriculture specialist and the coordinator of Austin Community College’s Sustainable Agriculture Entrepreneur Program, and Farmshare Austin who provide farm training.
Part of the Austin Community College campus farm. Photo courtesy of Evelyn Rosas and from the Texas Monthly article :The Future of Farming"
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