On behalf of the Holmes Family, the farmers of Misty Brook have created a fundraising page to raise money for a new dairy herd!
Updated: March 15, 022. We will update this page as soon as we have information to share. Please connect with us on Instagram @mistybrookfarmme and FaceBook @Misty Brook Farm.
We have good news!
More good news our eggs, lamb, and pork are also clean (again non-detect on all 28 compounds), so we have eggs, lamb, and pork available in the farm stand too! We are sending pigs and lambs to the butcher as well, so let me know if you want a side of pork or a whole lamb.
We are still waiting on beef and veal results. Some results are coming in faster than others. We continue to wait and will let you know when we have more info. If you have meat in your freezer, please keep holding the beef and veal, you can eat the pork and lamb, yay!
Below I’ve written out the whole story for those that haven’t heard what we are going through. As always, I am happy to answer any questions and you can reach out to me anytime. Thank you for all your support and sticking with us!
Best, Katia & the Misty Brook Farm Team. (Baa, Moo, Oink, Cluck!)
PS If you are concerned about our contaminated cows, they are still here and we are milking them every day and dumping the milk. Milking them is the best way to detox the cows and we will keep them for as long as it takes to clean them up.
The Whole Story
When we discovered the milk contamination we immediately sent out tests on eggs, lamb, pork, and beef. All of this testing has been voluntary and is not required by anyone. We chose to do the testing because we care. PFAS tests cost an average of $500 each. The state came out in late February to take samples of everything, milk, meats, grains, hay, and manure. We are still waiting on results.
PFAS are called “forever chemicals” because they don’t break down in the environment, but they do move around. We fed only about 35 bales of bought in organic hay to 50 cows and that was enough to contaminate them and the milk they produce. The hay picked up contamination from the field it was grown on and that field was contaminated by sludge that was spread about 20 years ago. This was the first time we purchased hay from these fields. Needless to say we won’t be buying any more hay from those fields and we will be testing everything we buy in going forward.
We continue to milk our contaminated herd of cows as this is the best way for them to detox. It will take months, maybe even a year for these cows to become clean again. They are part of our family too, so we won’t give up on them. We will continue to care for them as we always have and their milk will be dumped until it no longer contains PFAS. The state is helping us with testing now, but have not yet passed a program for financially supporting farmers in our situation.
We are working every day to raise awareness on PFAS. These chemicals haven’t been designated hazardous by the federal government, yet they have been shown to cause reduced immune function and cancer. PFAS are in so may things including fire fighting foam, non-stick cook wear, cosmetics, food packaging, textiles, and anything grease, water, or stain resistant. We need people to be looking out for them, stop using them, and asking for food and water that is clean and healthy. Together we can make a difference.
Thank you for reading this long email to the end! Best, Katia.