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The Alternative Dairy Initiative (ADI) was founded as American Micro-Dairies (AMD), a non-profit organization committed to the promotion and establishment of micro-dairies across the U.S.

We offer milk testing, an up-to-date Dairy Directory, memberships with benefits, and free access to a host of information we’ve gathered about milk safety, flavor, and sustainable production.

In its original form, American Micro-Dairies Inc. (AMD) was a  501(c)(3) non-profit initiative, founded by Steve Judge from Bob-White Systems (BWS). Bob-White Systems is a commercial enterprise specializing in micro-dairy equipment, design and manufacturing that offers a hand-selected line of cheese making supplies and equipment to facilitate farmstead and homestead cheese making. BWS established a 4-cow pipeline research and demonstration barn in Royalton, Vermont, which ADI now operates.

Steve, an experienced dairy farmer himself, noticed an increasing number of customers contacted BWS looking for advice, help, recommendations and assistance with starting and managing a micro-dairy. Rather than charging customers for such consultation & support, Steve decided to set up AMD as a way to provide this information & education in a freely accessible format nationwide.

Although closely affiliated with BWS, AMD did not limit itself to only recommending BWS products or ideas. Rather, AMD draws information and resources from a range of micro-dairy related businesses, consultants and equipment suppliers throughout the United States. All the while, AMD maintained focus on facilitating the local production and sale of safe and delicious farm fresh milk.

As we are now, ADI is still a non-profit committed to supporting sustainable alternatives in dairy. We recognize that while there is no one-size-fits-all approach to dairy farming, milk should always be safe, taste great, and contribute positively to the local community.

ADI is committed to providing as much information and education as possible, and to facilitating connections between dairy farmers in an effort to promote confident and successful producers. ADI is motivated by a core belief that dairy farming has an important role to play in the development of resilient and sustainable local food systems.

We at ADI are working diligently to continually grow our member resources. Projects currently underway include:

  • Expansion of Lab Services

  • Continually updating our Dairy Database

  • Continued research of best practices for sustainable production of great tasting milk 

ADI is supported by a small, loyal network of donors. As a small non-profit, we rely on these donations to keep us active. Please donate today!

Thank you for your support!


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