Kent and Ramy Jisha know first-hand the differences in conventional farming and sustainable, pasture-based organic farming. They have done it both ways.
In 2006, they were milking around 1100 cows in a conventional operation, with a mixer wagon, 15 employees, and the whole mess.
That was about the time they heard Jerry Brunetti speak at an event sponsored by Sand Creek Farm.
They had heard about organics before, but had never really seen the big picture of nutrition, farming practices, the environment, and the concept of sustainablitly.
That day was monumental in the transformation of both the farm and their lives.
It was a long transition, but the entire farm is now certified organic.
The big barn and feed lane sit empty and one small dairy is operating. There are fewer employees and a wider variety of animals and crops. Over the last few years, they opened a processing plant. They were bottling their own milk, and making cheese, yogurt, butter, and a variety of other dairy products. They sold these through Home Delivery and through retailers such as Whole Foods.
However, due to the drought of 2011 and resulting problems, the regulatory hassle became more than they could deal with. In 2011 they stopped selling raw milk. They would like to do so again in the future, but can not say when that will be at this time. Please support the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance and the Farm To Consumer Legal Defense Fund to help us improve legal, minimal hassle, access to raw milk for all consumers.
They are still drinking their own raw milk and feeding it to their family, but can not sell it to customers because they have chosen not to renew the raw milk license.
In the Summer of 2012, they again adjusted the focus of the farm and closed the processing plant due to excessive stress and demands it placed on their family. So they are no longer bottling milk or making other dairy products. They are still milking, but the milk is being sold to Organic Valley.
They are now focusing on certified organic produce, operating a CSA in northeast Texas and delivering across the Metroplex.
Having joined the Texas Daily Harvest team in Summer of 2012, Justin is the Produce Manager. He grows the delicious vegetables you get in your CSA. His wife Jessica helps out when she can.
We are blessed to have them here.