Alabama’s Working Cows Dairy makes pasture raised, organic milk.
By Jan Walsh
Photography by Robin Colter
Cream rises to the top. And Working Farms Dairy is “the cream” of Alabama dairies.
Working Cows Dairy’s history begins in 1985, when Jan and Rinske de Jong came to the land of opportunity, from Holland, with $5,000 and a dream to start their own dairy. They traded milking a farmer’s cows for use of his barn and 40 acres in Cottondale, Florida. They then leased 55 cows and started milking 20 hours a day. Three sons: Jonny, Mendy, and Ike and 30 years later the family are the proud owners of Alabama’s only organic dairy, located in Slocomb.
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