This week, Anne Saxelby and Sophie Slesinger call up New York state dairy farmer Lorraine Lewendowsky for a report from the New York State Yogurt Summit. Lorraine is not only a dairy farmer, but an activist in the New York food community. Tune in to hear Lorraine talk about the percentage of yogurt that is made from large farms versus small farms. Learn about the environmental effects of New York state yogurt boom, and hear about some of the past trials that dairy farmers have had to face in the state. Learn about the importance of the food security in an import-heavy economy, and why New York state dairy farmers were prevented from organizing for collective bargaining rights. This episode has been sponsored by Hearst Ranch.

“About 9% of all New York State milk goes into yogurt.”

“If you’re going to incentivise the large farms, you should incentivise the smaller farms as well.”

“I think the food movement should start incorporating the average farmer, not just the artisan farmer.”

Lorraine Lewendowsky on Cutting the Curd