In 1978, Jennifer Lynn Bice assumed ownership of Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery, Inc., the family farm and grade A goat dairy her parents started in Sonoma County in 1968. Along with her late husband, Steven Schack, Jennifer expanded the business to produce a greater variety of goat milk products, and diversified the dairy goat-breeding program. In 2010, Jennifer once again diversified the business. This time with a new kind of dairy and under a new brand name – Green Valley Organics®, the first lactose free cow dairy yogurts, kefirs and sour cream to be available nationwide.
Redwood Hill Farm® is owned and operated by Jennifer along with 57 dedicated employees. Promoting the benefits of goat milk products and developing a genetics program of excellence remain her top priorities, and this commitment has positioned Redwood Hill Farm at the forefront of the dairy goat industry. Jennifer’s expertise crafting fine goat milk products gave her an extensive background in creating products for sensitive stomachs. She knew that many people were lactose intolerant and searching for options. This gave her the motivation to provide these people with more choices. She knew lactose free dairy yogurt, kefir and sour cream would have a strong niche, just like her goat’s milk products. That is how her pride and joy, Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery, gave birth to Green Valley Organics.
Satisfying & Sustainable
Quality and sustainability have remained Jennifer’s guiding principles throughout the years. The most recent example is a 2,548 panel solar energy system encompassing nearly two acres of roof space on the creamery. The goat dairy farm is 100% solar powered. Redwood Hill Farm also holds the distinction of being the first goat dairy in the United States to be Certified Humane® by Humane Farm Animal Care®, which is considered the gold standard in third-party certification for humane animal treatment. From artisan cheeses consistently awarded in national competitions, to superior goat milk yogurt and kefir, to a dairy goat breeding program that has brought her national acclaim, Jennifer remains true to her vision of providing a satisfying and sustainable lifestyle for the farm, the goats and all of her employees.
Her goats are consistent award winners at shows throughout the country, and Jennifer was named Premier Breeder by the American Dairy Goat Association (ADGA) at its 2012 National Show. She has served as a dairy goat judge throughout the United States and Canada for more than 31 years and holds the distinct honor of being selected to judge the ADGA National Show seven times. Jennifer is chair of the Judge’s Training Committee and serves on various ADGA committees such as Linear Appraisal, Products, and Annual Meeting. She is a past board member of the American Cheese Society (ACS) and was inducted into the ACS Academy of Cheese in 2011 as one of the 8 pioneers of artisan goat cheese in the U.S. She currently serves on the scholarship committee.
A Global Perspective
At the International Conference on Goats in France, Jennifer had the opportunity to learn about the dairy goat industry from a global perspective as well as dairying and cheese production in the country that continues to lead the world in the development of fine goat milk cheese.
About Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery, Inc. – Sustainably Farmed & Family Owned Since 1968
Located among the picturesque redwoods of western Sonoma County, Calif., 60 miles north of San Francisco, Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery, Inc. is a different kind of dairy. A small, family farm, it has been producing delicious, award-winning goat milk dairy products since 1968. Excellence is a top priority and Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery takes pride in producing the best tasting, least processed goat milk yogurt, kefir, and artisan cheeses. Its products are free of refined sugar, artificial coloring or preservatives, or powdered milk. Dedicated to protecting the environment and green open spaces, Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery is a proud supporter of Ceres Community Project, Climate Protection Campaign, Sonoma Land Trust, Daily Acts and LandPaths. Visit RedwoodHill.com for more recipes and to learn more about the company’s wholesome products, award-winning goat herd and earth-friendly business practices, including the installation of a solar energy system at the farm and creamery where Redwood Hill Farm® and Green Valley Organics® products are made.
About Green Valley Organics®
Green Valley Organics lactose-free yogurts, kefirs, sour cream and cream cheese were created to help folks who are lactose intolerant enjoy all the health benefits and great taste of real dairy without the tummy troubles, bringing peace, love and dairy back into their lives. From the makers of Redwood Hill Farm, a family-owned company committed to digestive health for more than 40 years, Green Valley Organics is a brand consumers can trust, made with organic milk that carries the Certified Humane Raised and Handled® label, which is considered the gold standard in third-party certification for humane animal treatment. Green Valley Organics is also made with Flourish®, the company’s custom blend of 10 live and active cultures that deliver millions of probiotics in every spoonful. Dedicated to protecting the environment and green open spaces, Green Valley Organics is a proud supporter of Ceres Community Project, Climate Protection Campaign, Sonoma Land Trust, Daily Acts and LandPaths. Visit GreenValleyLactoseFree.com for tips on living with lactose intolerance, great recipes and more information about the company’s wholesome products and earth-friendly business practices, including the installation of a new solar energy system at the Green Valley Organics creamery.