Founder & Managing Director
In 1978, Jennifer Lynn Bice took over her family’s farm and grade A goat dairy, which her parents first 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 & Creamery is, to this day, operated by Jennifer along with more than 75 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. Her goat dairy farm, a few miles from the creamery, is 100% solar powered and 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.
In a Nutshell:
About Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery, Inc. – Artisan Dairy Craft Since 1968
Located in Sonoma County among the picturesque redwood trees of the Northern California Coast, 60 miles north of San Francisco, Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery is a different kind of dairy. It began in 1968 as a small, family farm run by the Bice family, producing delicious, award-winning goat milk dairy products and is operated by Founder Jennifer Bice to this day. 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. The company focuses on supporting Sonoma county workers and community organizations, small-scale dairy farmers, and the dietary needs of consumers.
About Green Valley Organics®
Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery also makes its sister brand, Green Valley Organics. Green Valley Organics lactose-free, real dairy yogurts, kefirs, sour cream and cream cheese were created so people with lactose intolerance could bring real dairy back into their lives, enjoying its health benefits and great taste free of digestive troubles. Green Valley Organics is made a special blend of live and active cultures that delivers billions of probiotics in every cup.
Both Redwood Hill Farm and Green Valley Organics dairy products are made at the company’s solar-powered creamery in Sebastopol, California, with milk that carries the Certified Humane Raised and Handled® label. Redwood Hill Farm was the first goat dairy in the United States to become Certified Humane in 2005.