HK / New Era Dairy

Contact information
Farm Address:
2655 Gould Rd
Onondaga, Michigan, 26508

Primary Contact: S Rusty Plummer
Secondary Contact: Michael Metzger

Primary Phone:
    Number: 517-628-2749

Secondary Phone
    Number: 517-712-0626


Internship information
General Farm Description: "HK / New Era Dairy is a small holistically run goat and cow dairy farm producing milk for farmstead cheese production and sales of fluid milk to other creameries. The creamery is entering its 11 th year of production. The farm is located in south central Michigan, fifteen miles from Michigan State University. We have been raising dairy goats for over fourty eight years and dairy cattle even longer. The goat herd is comprised of all of the standard dairy breeds with the two major breeds being Alpines and Saanens. The dairy cattle are Brown Swiss. The entire goat herd has been raised using CAE prevention protocol. The farm is not a seasonal dairy. The goats are bred to freshen throughout the year to assure a year around milk supply for the creameries. Rusty began making cheese over 48 years ago on his family farm. We specialize in European style cow, goat and mixed milk cheeses."

CRAFT Member Farm? No

Internship Starts: Immediately
Internship Ends: December
Number of Internship Available: 1
Application Deadline: Until filled
Minimum Length of Stay: six months

Internship Details:

“All aspects of the day to day operations of the farm, feeding, milking, kid rearing. Working in the creamery assisting in cheese making and packaging for sale at farmers markets. Marketing of cheese at farmers markets in various areas of the state.”

Educational Opportunities: Animal husbandry- feeding and care. All aspects of farmstead cheese manufacture and aging.

Skills Desired: Knowledge of general animal care and a willingness to learn..

Meals: Meals will be taken with the farm owners

Stipend: Negotiable and depending upon experience

Housing: Housing will be a room in the owners home

Preferred method of Contact: Email