Chisholm Family Farm
Interview by Christy Pooschke
A bit about our farm
We started off farming for ourselves. Pretty soon family and friends wanted raw milk, too, and things just grew from there. Our farm is located at 6205 West Claire Avenue in Lincoln, Nebraska. We are a small family farm with no employees. We currently have 20 milking cows and will be milking 16 of them at any given time by summer. Our cows are raised on pasture. In the winter, we feed the cows grass hay and alfalfa hay. We treat our animals and land using holistic principles.
Antibiotics would be reserved as a last resort to save an animal’s life, and any animal given antibiotics would be removed from production for an extended period of time. We do not use chemical or synthetic fertilizers or pest-control on our farm. We have been operating our farm here in Nebraska for just over a year. We moved here from Georgia, where we operated a farm very much like the one we have now, and we were in business for three years there. We have access here to over 80 acres on our farm.
We not only welcome but encourage tours. We believe in complete transparency, and all areas of our farm are accessible. Everyone should know their farmer and their food!
A bit about our dairy products
The only dairy products we sell are raw milk and raw cream. Our milk is not pasteurized and not homogenized. It is milk…pure and simple. We do not pasteurize our milk because we believe that raw milk from grass-fed cows is about the most pure, healthiest food available on this planet.
The most common misconceptions about our products are those about raw milk in general. Some people think it will make you sick or that it is not good for you. Raw milk from grass-fed cows is quite different than milk from cows fed grain and kept indoors. Cows were designed to eat grass, not grain. Another misconception is that the fat from milk is bad for you. The fat from grass-fed cows is quite different; it is quite good for you. It is rich in short- and medium-chain fatty acids that protect against disease. It contains conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), which has strong anti-cancer properties. For more information on the benefits of raw grass-fed milk click here.
Where to find our food
Our dairy products are sold to the general public only from our on-farm store, as required by Nebraska law. While it may require more time and effort to come to the farm, it’s definitely worth it. It is important to know where your food comes from. Our animals are pastured which means that every animal on our farm has grass and forages as the base of their diet. Food raised the old-fashioned ways (slowly and with care) offer superior nutrition and taste that you just can’t get from animals confined to small areas and raised on a diet of solely grain.