Soul of Farming | Dairy Moms | Organic Valley


I definitely fell in love with farming the same time I fell in love with my husband, so it’s very easy to see the romance in farming. When Tony and I first started dating, I watched him care for his calves in a very nurturing and gentle way. It’s not always a respect and a love that you see in other professions, and I could see that parallel over into how he would care for our children. Women do need to tell their story no matter how visible they are on the farm. When you’re part of a farm you’re always needed and you’re always important. When I got married to my husband and I started looking for what this role looked like, what does it mean to be the wife of a dairy farmer, ’cause I really didn’t know what that was. I watched Tony’s mom very closely, “Alright, put it in there and then it’s Patrick’s turn,” Women on the farm they do a little bit of everything, and it can be anything from preparing a meal and bringing it out, or getting kids to school or getting husbands to their trucks or to their fields. Farming is busy and it’s draining and exhausting. I don’t know where I’d be without a cell phone. “Hi, hon,” But that’s the pretty typical woman on the farm, is the glue. They’re the glue, holding their family, their farms together. We do make sacrifices as farmers, but raising kids on a farm is just an incredible experience, especially an organic farm. We believe that all people should have access to healthy food, ‘an clean water and that carries over into farming how we treat the land and how we care for our animals. So what keeps me going is just knowing that this is one of the only jobs I can think of where a husband and wife can work side by side with their kids. I find that very inspiring. Yeah, it’s something that we feel very blessed to be a part of. My name is Carrie O’Reilly and my husband and my family and I are your Organic Valley farmers.

6 thoughts on “Soul of Farming | Dairy Moms | Organic Valley

  1. Diary faming is cruel. That milk is meant for their babies – who especially if male are immediately taken away from their mothers to die or become veal calves. They both scream for each other. The Soul of Farming – I THINK NOT – there is no soul here!

  2. It is not rosy and sweet for the small dairy farmers as portrayed. I own a small dairy farm and it is crazy hard work. I choose to sell my milk direct to local consumers. Thus I am lucky that I am not at the mercy of the dairy middle man and big dairy co. who controls at least 70% of farmers directly. My friend, who owns a larger farm, certified organic, with over 200 cows was not as fortunate. One winter her cows produced less milk and her contract was cancelled by the organic big boys and she had to dump all her milk daily (200 gallons a day) and lost her organic farm in just 1 month of no income. Many of our dairy farmer friends have lost their farms one by one.

  3. When I transitioned back to eating animals, the reps at Organic Valley were always available to answer all my questions (and there were many) about ethics and how the co-op does things, what it requires of those who are members etc…I have found them to be top-notch people, open and willing to have a conversation. I feel confident buying anything from Organic Valley, knowing they're doing the best they can for the animals and the land, and the farmers, with an eye toward doing things better as time goes on. Great stuff! You're making a difference. Thank you!

  4. I enjoy these videos. The story of the farmer is one we ignore too often in America. Grateful the organic movement is going strong and that we have access to organic milk, butter and now, your vanilla coffee creamer is back. Yes!! We also look for your Grassmilk. An excellent addition to the OV lineup.

  5. Can you explain to people how the cows are kept perpetually pregnant and forced to produce 10 times the amount of milk that they would produce naturally?  How their babies are taken from them and killed for veal, so that humans (most of whom are lactose intolerant) can steal the milk for themselves and for profit?  Would you like to have had YOUR babies ripped away from you after birth? What excuses do you tell yourself about how its okay to do such a thing to animals? And can you talk about how the cows mourn when their babies are violently taken from them?  And how when the mothers' poor bodies give out, they're shipped to the horror of the slaughterhouse?  Spare me the bulls*t romance narrative about being a "dairy mom." There is zero "soul" in what you do, and even less because you do it for profit. This is just another one of many of Organic Valley's marketing videos to convince people that what they do is not only morally justifiable, but superior.  It's an especially insidious form of marketing.

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