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Jennifer Bice’s Cheese Making Legacy a Gift to a New Generation of Cheese Makers

Written by Sarah Silverman on . Posted in Company News

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Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery to Partner with Bleating Heart Cheese to Continue Production of French-Style and Fresh Cheeses

February 2, 2017 (Sebastopol, CA)

Jennifer Bice, pioneering goat milk farmer and master cheese maker, as well as Founder & Managing Director of Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery, announced today a plan to ensure that her legacy of cheese making continues with the next generation. Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery’s French-style cheeses, made since 1994 at Jennifer’s farm and since 2004 at its Sebastopol creamery, will ensure continued production in the hands of local artisan cheese maker, Seana Doughty of Bleating Heart Cheese in Tomales, CA.  Jennifer Bice will also establish an annual scholarship for aspiring young cheese makers.

Over the course of her career as a cheese maker, Jennifer Bice has created a number of award-winning, French-style and fresh goat milk cheeses including Bucheret, Terra, California Crottin and Chèvre.  As part of her succession plan for retirement, she will pass on recipes and cheese making equipment to fellow cheese maker Doughty, ensuring that cheese lovers will continue to enjoy Redwood Hill Farm’s signature flavors for years to come.

All of the goat milk for these cheeses will continue to come from Jennifer’s 300 dairy goats at her own farm in Sebastopol. Production of French-style, rind-ripened goat milk cheeses will cease at the Sebastopol creamery and is expected to begin again after Bleating Heart Cheese has adapted its production capacity and schedule in 2018. Bleating Heart Cheese will continue making all of its current cheeses, while adding these new recipes over time. Bice’s line of traditional goat milk cheeses, including Aged Cheddar, Smoked Cheddar and Goat Milk Feta will remain for sale under the Redwood Hill Farm label.

“In my heart, I have and will always be a farmer and a cheese maker,” says Jennifer Bice, “Looking to the future, I want to make sure my cheeses live on and that the next generation of cheese makers, especially women, get the support they need in the marketplace. My life focus will return to my goats, which is where I started at the age of sixteen.”

In addition, Jennifer Bice has put in place an annual $10,000 scholarship to a deserving individual involved in the field of artisan dairy or cheese making to provide support in ongoing education, and investments in creamery and farm infrastructure. The grant will be administered by the California Artisan Cheese Guild and will be awarded for the first time in the summer of 2017. Details on how to apply are forthcoming.

Retiring from hands-on cheese making of Redwood Hill Farm’s French-style, rind-ripened cheeses and Chèvre is the second step in Jennifer Bice’s journey of succession planning after selling her business to farmer-owned dairy maker Emmi of Switzerland a little over a year ago.

 

About Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery

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.

Also made by Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery is 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.

Both Redwood Hill Farm and Green Valley Organics dairy products are made at the company’s certified organic, 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.

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Media Contact:

Sarah Silverman
media@redwoodhill.com
(707) 823-8250 ext. 128

 

Milking The Sun

Written by Sharon Bice on . Posted in Company News, Life on the Farm

A goats-eye-view of the Redwood Hill Farm tracking solar array
By David Bice

At Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery, we have long been known for making healthful and delicious goat milk yogurt, kefir and artisan cheeses – but did you know we are also a mini solar power plant? We make all of our dairy in our solar-powered creamery, where the sum of all electricity needs is covered by renewable energy.

Quality and sustainability are guiding principles for Jennifer Bice, Founder and Managing Director of Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery.

Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery Acquired by Farmer-Owned Swiss Dairy Maker Emmi

Written by Helen Lentze on . Posted in Company News

Founder Jennifer Bice finds like-minded partner to carry on her focus on people, quality and sustainability

Sebastopol, California, December 1, 2015 – Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery’s Founder, Jennifer Bice, announced today that she has chosen Switzerland-based Emmi to acquire her company, which will become an independently operated subsidiary of Emmi Holding (USA), Inc. The makers of the nation’s leading goat milk dairy brand, Redwood Hill Farm, and the nation’s leading organic lactose-free cow dairy brand, Green Valley Organics, Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery will continue business as usual at their creamery’s location in Sebastopol, CA.

Bice has committed to stay on as head of the company, overseeing day-to-day operations for several years until she retires, retaining ownership of her farm and 300 goats. The company’s entire leadership team will remain in place, with all employees retained and all jobs secure for the community in west Sonoma County, CA. Emmi and Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery have agreed to keep the terms of the acquisition confidential.

“My succession decision is the result of years of careful planning and research,” says Jennifer Bice, Founder of Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery. “More than anything,” she continues, “I wanted to ensure that, after I retire, Redwood Hill will continue to thrive as a Sonoma County business, a community resource, and that we can continue our efforts to make pure, wholesome and organic food more accessible and affordable throughout the United States.”

Your Top Sustainable Cheese Producer

Written by Sharon Bice on . Posted in Company News, In the News

We are thrilled to be in Issue 3 of Conscious Company Magazine as a handful of the nations top sustainable cheese producers! Redwood Hill Farm Owner and CEO Jennifer Bice was interviewed about her woman-owned company and her 45+ year commitment to sustainability and the environment.

You can pick up a copy at Whole Foods Market, Sprouts, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, and other local retailers—you’ll be supporting sustainable businesses.

CLICK HERE to read the full article.

Latest Update: Recall of 3lb Raw Goat Milk Feta in Brine – Lot Code #14000610

Written by Helen Lentze on . Posted in Company News

Updated 6/24/15 9:16am by Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery

June 19, 2015

PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

REDWOOD HILL FARM & CREAMERY, INC. RECALLS 3LB RAW GOAT MILK FETA IN BRINE DUE TO POSSIBLE HEALTH RISK

June 19, 2015 – Sebastopol, CA – Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery, Inc. is voluntarily recalling its 3lb Raw Goat Milk Feta in Brine buckets, with lot code #14000610, out of an abundance of caution concerning test results indicating the presence of Listeria monocytogenes. The product comes in a white plastic bucket marked with a white lot code sticker on the top, reading lot code #14000610. Two buckets are shipped per case in a brown cardboard box with the brand sticker on the side and lot code sticker on the top (see picture below).

Happy New Year Message and Invite…

Written by Sharon Bice on . Posted in Company News

We’d like to wish our customers,
friends and colleagues all the best in 2015.

Thanks for being part of our fun and success in 2014. From our annual Spring Farm Tours to all the community and national events we shared with you,
it was a great year.

Please visit us online often in the upcoming year for the latest news from our farm and creamery. Also, if you haven’t already, we invite you to join our “Goat Club” by signing up for the Redwood Hill Farm newsletter and be the very first to receive special recipes, images, and promotions all year long…enjoy!

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Redwood Hill Farm’s Artisan Goat Milk Cheeses

 

 

 

Redwood Hill Farm Goat Yogurt is “Foodie Award” Runner-up!

Written by Sharon Bice on . Posted in Company News, In the News

Redwood Hill Farm Plain Goat Yogurt was chosen as 2014 FOODIE AWARD WINNER runner-up by Vegetarian Times Magazine editors and readers.

We are proud to share the exciting news that Redwood Hill Farm Plain Yogurt was selected as a runner-up of VEGETARIAN TIMES (VT) Magazine’s 6th Annual Foodie Awards, which were announced in the October 2014 issue now available on newsstands. VT editors nominated 100 of their favorite products in 25 categories, covering all sorts of eating situations from breakfast, lunch and dinner to snacks and treats.
Readers were asked to vote for their favorite products at vegetariantimes.com, where nearly 5,000 votes were cast. Redwood Hill Farm Plain Goat Yogurt was a runner-up in the “plain yogurt” breakfast category.

American Cheese Society Award-Winners!

Written by Nancy Lorenz on . Posted in Company News, In the News

Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery’s Bucheret Goat Cheese and Plain Goat Milk Kefir Win at 2014 American Cheese Society Competition

RedwoodHillFarm_ACSwinsWe are honored to announce that our Bucheret Goat Milk Cheese and our Plain Goat Milk Kefir won second place at this year’s prestigious American Cheese Society’s Judging and Competition in Sacramento. Bucheret placed second in the Goat’s Milk Cheese Aged 31-60 Days category and the Plain Goat Milk Kefir placed second in the “All Milks” Kefir, Drinkable Yogurt, Buttermilk and Other Drinkable Cultured Products category, amid nearly 1,700 entries from 248 companies in the overall competition.

For more information, visit www.cheesesociety.org
Would you like to see a complete list of this year’s winners?
CLICK HERE

 

Jennifer Bice named 2014 Leadership in Agriculture Award Winner

Written by Sharon Bice on . Posted in Company News, In the News

Jennifer will be honored at the 42nd Annual Ag-BBQ

We’re so happy to share that the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce recently announced Redwood Hill Farm owner and CEO Jennifer Bice will receive the Leadership in Agriculture award at this year’s Agri-Business BBQ on July 29th! The 42nd Annual Agri-Business BBQ honoring the diverse and pivotal role of the agriculture community in shaping the quality of life here in Sonoma County, will take place at Shone Farm, Santa Rosa Junior College’s 365-acre outdoor learning laboratory. Select HERE for more details on the awards event in July.

Jennifer began showing and learning about dairy goats as a young Sonoma County 4H member

Jennifer began showing and learning about dairy goats as Sonoma County 4-H member

In 1978, Jennifer Lynn Bice assumed ownership of Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery, Inc., the family farm and Grade A goat dairy the Bice family started in Sonoma County in 1968, and never looked back. 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.

Today Redwood Hill Farm is owned and operated by Jennifer, along with five of her siblings that worked to establish Redwood Hill Farm in the 1960’s.  In addition, more than 50 dedicated employees now run the day-to-day operations at the Certified Humane® farm and state-of-the-art organic creamery in Sebastopol. Promoting the benefits of goat milk products and developing a genetics program of excellence for the Redwood Hill Farm herd remain her top priorities, and this commitment has positioned Redwood Hill Farm at the forefront of the dairy goat industry.

Redwood Hill Farm Goat Yogurt has been nominated for Vegetarian Times 2014 Foodie Awards!

Written by Sharon Bice on . Posted in Company News

Calling all grocery shoppers…

Vegetarian Times editors need your help: for this year’s Foodie Awards, they selected 100 must-have veg products for all sorts of eating situations—from breakfast to lunch to a tasty evening treat. Now they wanna know YOUR favorites.

Drum roll please… Redwood Hill Farm Goat Yogurt is nominated for a Foodie Award this year! You can vote up to once a day in any or all categories from now until May 31, then look out for the winners in their October issue. Just by voting, you could win a $500 American Express gift card!

CLICK HERE and vote for your favorite Goat Milk Yogurt in Vegetarian Times’s 2014 Foodie Awards!