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02 April 2007


I'll write an e-mail. I noticed that the Claravale raw milk I usually get at Whole Foods wasn't there last week... :-(

I really like your blog. I have been following it for a while.
I would like to post a link on my site to your blog, if you don't mind.

Please let me know. If you post to my blog with an answer I would appreciate it.

Done...sent the emails. Good luck! Stupid Santa Cruz County!

Copy of my email sent to county officials:
Dear Sirs,
I do not live in your area but I purchase Claravale milk for my children and myself. I switched to raw milk at the urging of my M.D. who recommended that we drink raw milk because the enzymes actually help break down the casein proteins in the milk. All my life, I thought that I had an allergy to dairy but now that I am drinking raw milk , I am symptom free! And we are all getting the benefits of milk (vit.D, calcium etc)

I am delighted to hear that you are welcoming this industry into your area. You will benefit in many ways. Small farms create a sense of "place". Children from neighboring schools may be able to visit a "real dairy". In this era of extreme separation of people from food production, that has many implications. I commend you on your foresigtht in bringing in a "green" industry. I truly believe that you will see a benefit to not only the tax base but the vibrancy of local life. Let's face it, malls do not add to the culture of a place. Have you ever been to Europe or Canada or Mexico? I bet that you were not impressed with the malls, but rather the culture, the people, the art, the terrain, the agriculture, the food. Well, Claravale will help the area of San Benito continue to grow its culture and character.

I urge you to expedite the permitting process and help this sustainable farm stay in business.

Sincerely, Anastasia Sheldon

Fairfax, California


I sent this letter to both Art & Reb. Sure hope it helps. We just cannot afford to lose

Reb Monaco
Supervisor District #4
County of San Benito
Board of Supervisors
481 Fourth Street
Hollister, CA 95023


You wouldn't think that a family living as far away as Orange California would be affected by your decision to allow Claravale Dairy to complete their construction in San Benito - but it does.

I've been a resident of California since birth seventy years ago and frankly, I've never heard of San Benito. I had to look it up. What a wonderful place! It looks like a place where I would like to live - unspoiled and fresh.

There are only two suppliers of wholesome milk, raw or otherwise, left in this state and you have the great fortune of hosting the best one.

I buy my raw milk at Whole Foods Market in Tustin - when I can get it. The competition is hot for it. I must plan my trips to the market carefully or I will spend that week without any milk. Claravale raw milk is always fresh and sweet. If you haven't tried it I urge you to do so.

Claravale is one of the last truly natural resources of fine food in California. Look around. Have you noticed the huge increase in demand for organic and natural foods? People are catching on as they learn that many of their ailments are rooted in the myriad of food additives they've been consuming. They're on the hunt for clean food and their numbers are growing. This is not a fad. This is an awakening. I know this because I'm one of them.

It is unthinkable that a resource such as Claravale Dairy be lost. You simply must not let that happen. I urge you to allow them to complete their dairy construction in San Benito. You will not only be saving a valuable California resource you will be enriching your county.


Jim Clary

I love Claravale Dairy, visiting once on a tour. What a GREAT day! When I looked it up to bring my nephews down, I found this difficulty and yes! Though I am in San Mateo County, That dairy is a GREAT educational tool as well, and more importantly, a healthy answer to calcium. I will write to the board on Ron's behalf!! Prayers to you, Claravale!! Best, Susan

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