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When the Farm-to-Consumer Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, announced on April 7, 2010 that the “Chore Time” DVDs featuring Tim Wightman would now be accessible online for free, no one imagined that within two months the two-DVD set would have been viewed or downloaded over 12,890 times by users spread across 48 countries.

The first in a planned series “From Grass to Glass: A Complete Guide to Raw Milk Production”,  the “Chore Time” videos focus on the design of a milk house, appropriate equipment, procedures, cleaning materials, equipment layout, milking issues, processing the milk, and clean-up.   Wightman goes into detail about ways to avoid impacting taste as well as how to train a first-time milk cow and handle her initial milk production.     

To date, either of the videos have been viewed or downloaded over 11,500 times.  The major viewing countries outside the U.S. have been Canada, Australia, Turkey, New Zealand, Russia, Greece and Great Britain; but the videos have also been accessed from South Africa, Philippines, South Korea, Poland, Japan, France and Ecuador.  While the patience of internet users is notoriously limited, one out of every seven viewers completes the full view of one of the DVDs online.  We are continuing to see 75 additional accesses weekly.

In addition to the DVDs, the Raw Milk Production Handbook also by Tim Wightman, is also accessible online for free at the Foundation’s website.  The handbook is handy resource guide for farmers who are interested in producing quality raw milk and who wish to implement testing and safety standards.  It addresses a wide range of factors essential to safe raw milk production for human consumption.   First published in 2008, the handbook is already in use in thousands of small dairies worldwide.

These food safety resources (DVDs and Handbook) along with Safe Handling: Consumer’s Guide to Fresh Unprocessed Whole Milk by Peggy Beals, RN, are available in hardcopy at a bundle discount through the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund website or by calling 703-208-FARM(3276) between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Eastern.

In making his educational tools more widely available to the public, Wightman said:

We believe all food can be produced safely, including raw milk.  These materials are the starting point for a collaborative effort to develop ‘best practices’ to guide dairy farms working to meet the rising demand for raw milk from pasture-raised cows, whether the legal framework is loose (as with voluntary farm-to-consumer standards for cow shares) or more formal (as with larger-scale retail sales).

With a lifetime of farming experience and over twenty years working with dairies, both his own and consulting with other farmers, Wightman is well qualified to guide others in quality food production, food safety, herd management and direct marketing to consumers.  He currently serves as President of the Foundation and is an instructor for the Cow-Share College & Goat-Share University teleseminars sponsored by the Foundation; Wightman is also a founding board member of the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund, a 501(c)(4) nonprofit.

Jim Roberts currently serves as a Board Member for the Farm-to-Consumer Foundation and for many years was a Weston A. Price Foundation chapter leader along with his wife in Ohio.  Jim filmed and edited the “Chore Time” DVDs and has created other raw milk DVDs and internet sites promoting raw milk.   Be sure to read his article, “There Are Two Raw Milks” at

Jim Roberts is a Systems Engineer at Hewlett Packard with a Masters of Science from Purdue University in Computer Science.  He taught science labs in college, undergraduate computer classes at Purdue, and sign language for interpreters and sign choirs in church. His hobby has been photography since high school and he was the primary photographer for numerous school annuals. 

For many years, Jim and his wife were leaders of the Dayton, Ohio chapter of the Weston A. Price Foundation (WAPF).  When he first encountered the impact of raw milk on individual health, he was determined to insure it could be shared on DVD. Since then, he has made over 700 educational DVDs; and the profits have supported the legal defense of raw milk farmers.

After encountering all the negative press on raw milk, he developed The Other Raw Milk web site to clarify the difference between the raw milk developed expressly for human consumption and the raw milk that is selected for industry-supported research.