What’s so great about milk? , you may be asking.

Answer:  everything.

IMG_1710Whether you drink a lot of milk or not, grass-derived milk is the key to homesteading for Food Independence.  Why?  Why not just garden for all your food needs?

Let’s go back to the fact that all life energy is sunlight.  Got that?

Now go out and look at your homestead.  Stand in the middle of the garden.  Of all the sunlight falling on your land, how much of it is falling on plants you are going to eat?  That’s right, almost none of it!

And look at the nutritional profile of the plants in your garden and orchard, or anywhere else on your land.  Even it they’re the best there is, they’re lacking in certain very significant areas, notably proteins and fats.

That’s where milk comes in — and not just for you, but for your chosen partner species (like, say, dogs and cats, pigs and poultry) as well.  The nutritional profile of milk is so complete that when you add a significant amount of milk to the diet of any one of these traditional domestic animals, it doesn’t much matter what else you feed them!

And in your own diet, you can meet your need for high-quality proteins and fats either by direct consumption of milk and milk products (make your own cheese — its easy) or when you consume the flesh of milk-fed animals.  Chickens raised on milk are healthier, larger — and eat way less grain.  Pigs which consume the whey and buttermilk a dairying household produces can make up the rest of their diet with farm-derived forages and wastes.  And calves started on real milk will never need grain in their diet — they will be 100% grass-grown!

Added to that, there are even huge benefits to using raw milk in the garden and pasture.  Probiotic preparations made with raw milk boost compost, build soil, fight fungal infections, and make a great foliar feed.  The whole farm will thank you!

Dairy can make your little (or big) homestead truly a ‘land flowing with milk and honey’.