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What is a herdshare and how does it work?

It is illegal for anyone to sell fresh unprocessed milk in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Each state makes up its own guidelines regarding fresh milk, and the Commonwealth of Virginia has chosen to go beyond the FDA regulations regarding the sale of fresh unprocessed milk and make it illegal.  While it is illegal to sell fresh milk, the Law in the Commonwealth of Virginia is structured to allow the consumption of fresh milk from an animal that an individual owns or owns a stake in. Unless you have a cow in your backyard, you need a herd share to enjoy fresh milk in Virginia.

A herd share works like this: We do all the hard work - milking, grazing, doctoring, delivering etc.  We do all this for a boarding fee of just $35.00 a month, per share. It's that simple.

At the onset, you pay a $40 purchase fee for your portion of the herd.  Start up costs includes your herd purchase and first month boarding fee.   After that you settle into the routine Boarding Fee due at the beginning of each month.  Half shares are also available.

What is a herdshare, how does it work?

It is illegal for anyone to sell fresh unprocessed milk in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Each state makes up its own guidelines regarding fresh milk, and the Commonwealth of Virginia has chosen to go beyond the FDA regulations regarding the sale of fresh unprocessed milk and make it illegal.  While it is illegal to sell fresh milk, the Law in the Commonwealth of Virginia is structured to allow the consumption of fresh milk from an animal that an individual owns or owns a stake in. Unless you have a cow in your backyard, you need a herd share to enjoy fresh milk in Virginia.

A herd share works like this: We do all the hard work - milking, grazing, doctoring, delivering etc.  We do all this for a boarding fee of just $35.00 a month, per share. It's that simple.

At the onset, you pay a $40 purchase fee for your portion of the herd.  Start up costs includes your herd purchase and first month boarding fee.   After that you settle into the routine Boarding Fee due at the beginning of each month.  Half shares are also available.

A SHARE PURCHASE

$

INITIAL FEE

$

1st MO. BOARDING FEE

$

TOTAL TO GET STARTED

A HALF-SHARE PURCHASE

$

INITIAL FEE

$

1st MO. BOARDING FEE

$

TOTAL TO GET STARTED

Please note that this is not a milk purchase! 

It is a purchase to maintain our shared herd and is due monthly for each share owned.  These boarding fees will go towards the labor costs and any other fees that may incur to maintain a healthy and bountiful herd.  Fees do not change according to missed milk pick ups.

We understand things can change for everyone overnight, so for your convenience there will be no long term commitments. You can back out at anytime with a simple 30 day notice and only need to maintain your boarding commitments up to that point.

Delivery

Aside from the on farm pick up option, a $4.00 a month fee will be added to your monthly invoice for the service of delivery to your chosen location.

Pick up at the farm

Herdshare members are welcome to come to the farm and pick up their milk anytime during our operating hours.  Just choose a day that is most convenient for you to pick up your weekly share and we will have it ready for you every week for pickup.  This option will not incur a delivery fee in your monthly invoicing.

Door to Door Delivery

Herdshare members who live near our farm and in Lebanon will have the option to have their milk delivered directly to their homes on Wednesdays.  Below you will find a list of regions we will deliver to.  If you reside close to the options below, contact us and we may be able to add you to the route.

  • Elk Garden
  • Green Valley
  • Corn Valley
  • Lebanon

Drop points

When you fill out your lease agreement you will have the option to select any one of these options below.  When you pick a location it will become your permanent delivery point and you can expect to pick up your milk every week there.  We will stock a designated refrigerator at specified locations on weekly intervals and you can pick your milk up at your convenience.  These options will incur the $4.00 delivery fee on your monthly invoices.

  • Richlands (Wednesdays)
  • Bristol (Thursdays)
  • Abingdon (Saturdays)

If you do not find a convenient option on our list and would like us to delivery somewhere closer to your location, please let us know. We may already have other share owners in your area.  With enough demand we would most certainly work to establish a new delivery point. If there are not enough share owners in your area, one of the fastest ways to make this happen would be to become a share owner, and with our referral program below bring in new share owners from your area.  Not only would you enjoy the benefit of waived monthly boarding fees, but with enough share owners from an area we could establish a new delivery point.

Delivery

Aside from the on farm pick up option, a $4.00 a month fee will be added to your monthly invoice for the service of delivery to your chosen location.

Pick up at the farm

Herdshare members are welcome to come to the farm and pick up their milk anytime during our operating hours.  Just choose a day that is most convenient for you to pick up your weekly share and we will have it ready for you every week for pickup.  This option will not incur a delivery fee in your monthly invoicing.

Door to Door Delivery

Herdshare members who live near our farm and in Lebanon will have the option to have their milk delivered directly to their homes on Wednesdays.  Below you will find a list of regions we will deliver to.  If you reside close to the options below, contact us and we may be able to add you to the route.

  • Elk Garden
  • Green Valley
  • Corn Valley
  • Lebanon

Drop points

When you fill out your lease agreement you will have the option to select any one of these options below.  When you pick a location it will become your permanent delivery point and you can expect to pick up your milk every week there.  We will stock a designated refrigerator at specified locations on weekly intervals and you can pick your milk up at your convenience.  These options will incur the $4.00 delivery fee on your monthly invoices.

  • Richlands (Wednesdays)
  • Bristol (Thursdays)
  • Abingdon (Saturdays)

If you do not find a convenient option on our list and would like us to delivery somewhere closer to your location, please let us know. We may already have other share owners in your area.  With enough demand we would most certainly work to establish a new delivery point. If there are not enough share owners in your area, one of the fastest ways to make this happen would be to become a share owner, and with our referral program below bring in new share owners from your area.  Not only would you enjoy the benefit of waived monthly boarding fees, but with enough share owners from an area we could establish a new delivery point.

How Do I Get Started

Getting started is easy.  First, click below to be sent to our form.  After filling out our form you can print out the Agreement to review.  After reviewing the contract you MUST sign the bottom along with a witness's signature and either mail it to us or drop it off to us at the Abingdon Farmers Market.  Once we have your signed contract and initial payment in hand, you're ready to go.  You will find your milk waiting for you at your selected delivery point on the next delivery.

Ready to join the Herdshare Family?

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Mail your signed contract to:

Goshen Homestead
3261 Hayters Gap rd.
Elk Garden, VA 24260

You can pay your initial payment conveniently on our website. If you do not prefer to pay this way please be sure to send your payment along with your contract in the mail. A share purchase does not begin until the contract and initial payment are in order.

Our Referral Program

Anyone who becomes a herd share owner and brings new herd share members into the program will get an equal amount of boarding fee waived.   This offer has no restrictions. If you bring in one new share holder you get one month waived.  If you bring in one half share holder you get half of a month waived.  If you bring in 12 new members, you get a whole year waived.  New members must become share owners and have their Lease Purchase and initial fees in order.  They must also mention your referral at the time of sale in order to be honored.

Our Referral Program

Anyone who becomes a herd share owner and brings new herd share members into the program will get an equal amount of boarding fee waived.   This offer has no restrictions. If you bring in one new share holder you get one month waived.  If you bring in one half share holder you get half of a month waived.  If you bring in 12 new members, you get a whole year waived.  New members must become share owners and have their Lease Purchase and initial fees in order.  They must also mention your referral at the time of sale in order to be honored.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

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