The conductor Michael Schmidt, co-artistic director of Symphony in the Barn, has been jailed in Canada for 60 days his cmmitment to producing raw milk, in contravention of government regulations. He is known locally as the Raw Milk Hero.
His co-director Carol Gimbel writes to Slipped Disc:
‘At 6:00 pm Friday November 10, 2017 raw milk farmer, food rights advocate and social activist Michael Schmidt entered the Central North Correctional Centre, a maximum security prison in Penetanguishene, Ontario. It is both a remand facility and one where time is served for a range of minor offenses and serious crimes. For Michael, it was the first of a 60 day “rehabilitation and deterrence” sentence to be served on weekends.’