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Motivations of Farming: A Soil, Conservation and Place supplement video

In this short video, Phil talks about the motivations and challenges of pasture-based dairy farming, particularly in relation to climate and weather variability.


Grazeland Dairy, Inc. is a certified organic dairy farm owned by Phil and Terry Witmer and their family in the central Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. As grass-based dairy farm with 200 milk cows and about 100 replacement heifers, Grazeland Dairy sells their milk through Organic Valley, a cooperative of farmers across the country who share similar values and commitments to growing food and raising livestock. The Witmer family works together with their community and their dairy cooperative to create quality milk and a stronger food system.