Archive for December, 2013

A deeper shade of green at Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery

Written by Sharon Bice on . Posted in Company News

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At Redwood Hill Farm we’re reducers, reusers, recyclers… and composters!

With a bit of time, kitchen scraps, plant clippings, and straw & hay from the barns turns into what we love to call “black gold”! It’s part of our ongoing commitment to the environment of our community, and our constant striving to be as “green” as we possibly can.

This commitment has enabled us to recently receive certification and recognition as a Sonoma County Green Business, and the news on our Green Business Certification was the lead news item in The Press Democrat’s Agriculture Briefs , Sunday December 15.

The Sonoma Green Business Program (www.sonoma-county.org/sonomagreen) is a partnership of government agencies and utilities that assists, recognizes, and promotes local organizations, focusing on small to medium-sized consumer-oriented businesses who voluntarily operate in environmentally responsible ways. Certified participants must be in compliance with all environmental regulations and meet program standards for conserving resources, preventing pollution and minimizing waste.  Select here to download more about our new certification.

A Green Business…

  •     Is recognized as an environmental leader
  •     Strengthens its bottom line through operating efficiencies
  •     Improves employee morale and creates an overall healthy workplace
  •     Demonstrates community good will

At Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery, along with our solar generated power, electric vehicle for company use and the electric vehicle charging station (charged by solar power), we have upgraded the lights throughout our creamery for energy efficiency and have put them on motion sensors. We also reclaim water, have a strong reduce, reuse, and recycle program and an incentive program for all our employees to help us “keep it green”.  At our Sebastopol farm, we also use solar power. In addition we employ organic & sustainable practices throughout the 20 acre farm which includes composting and using that finished compost to hold the winter rains to the soil, and nourish our orchards and gardens.

It just comes naturally

These are practices that we learned as kids, growing up on our Sebastopol farm…they just come naturally now. We’re proud to be recognized by the Sonoma Green Business Program—almost as proud as we are of our award-winning dairy goats, artisan goat cheese, and probiotic cultured yogurt and kefir!