We want you to meet our family farmers. Like Rich Appel, waving to the crowd at the Mariner’s Game Spring 2016 after receiving the Community Service Award. Rich is a second generation dairy farmer who with his brother and their families produce Appel Farmstead Cheese, available in stores around the northwest and nation.
Presenting the award is Jeremy Visser, another multi-generation dairy farmer. He farms near Stanwood in Snohomish and serves on the Dairy Products Commission board. Both Rich and Jeremy are active in Save Family Farming, working to protect a future for farming.
In this brief video (1.5 minutes) you will meet Rod & Sharon Tjoelker, third generation dairy farmers from Whatcom County. Sadly, though they raised their family on the farm there will be no fourth generation of Tjoelkers on this beautiful land. They explain why and after watching you will understand better why the attacks on family farmers from the EPA and the sponsors of What’s Upstream hurt so much.