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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!
As part of a fundraising event recently for The Ceres Project, we hosted a “Mystery Tour” of 25 people who crawled the back roads of Sonoma County to learn, taste, and enjoy some baby goat love at Redwood Hill Farm! Thanks to Lorelei for the lovely blog post and pictures from a simply wonderful afternoon for all.
We are honored to donate probiotic kefir and yogurt to the meals program each week applaud founder Cathryn Couch, founder, for caring so deeply about local community.
Cathryn shared Lorelei’s blog post with us recently with this wonderful note of thanks to Redwood Hill Farm:
“Hi everyone, Please accept my deepest gratitude on behalf of everyone at Ceres for the contribution that you made to Saturday’s Sumptuous Sonoma tour. You went above and beyond to create an extraordinary experience for our guests – who are still sending us notes about how blown away they were by the day and by the work that each of you are doing. The guests were so moved to know that each of you are a vital partner in our work, and it gave them a deep experience of the power of our community. One of our guests blogged about the day, and I want to share that with you as there are great photos!
Thank you again for being part of our family at Ceres, and for all of the ways that your partner with us to make a difference in the lives of our clients and the teens we work with. I’m honored! Warmly, Cathryn”
We love the Ceres Project model:
“To build healthy communities by restoring fresh, whole and organic food to its place as the foundation of health, and by connecting people in heart-centered ways to themselves, others and the earth.”
Looking for a great cookbook
…to give or just to learn about the healing power of food & community? Second edition of the Ceres “Nourishing Connections Cookbook” is available! We have a copy at Redwood Hill and I find myself picking it up often when looking to be inspired for a creative nourishing meal or from the heartwarming writing on improving my own diet. The links & resource section are wonderful as well.
Has The Ceres Project touched your life in some way? I would love to hear your thoughts, please share your comments.
Update your classic holiday green bean casserole, using our goat cheese, lactose free sour cream, and fresh, in-season fennel and green beans.
“As a kid, my very favorite Thanksgiving dish was the green bean casserole. It still is, come to think of it. I suppose it’s one of the formative flavors from my childhood. Fast forward a few decades, and now that I’m pushing forty (gah!) and have changed how I eat, the notorious canned-soup version doesn’t really hold the same appeal for me. So what to do? Make a new dish that kicks the old one’s butt, that’s what!”
- Andrew Wilder, Eating Rules
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We’re not getting older, we’re getting better…
Though we love our website and it has served us very well since it’s launch nearly 14 years ago, we’ve decided: it’s time for a facelift!
Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery is celebrating it’s 45th Anniversary this year and what better time to refresh and improve our virtual home, www.RedwoodHill.com?
We loved the look of our existing site, so you might not notice a big difference in the “look” as you browse through the pages. But just step inside…
Drum roll please…
Official results for the 2013 Sonoma County Harvest Fair are in! We’re thrilled to announce Redwood Hill Farm Artisan Goat Cheeses once again were awarded top honors with Three Peppercorn Chevre AND Raw Milk Feta both taking away DOUBLE GOLD awards!
For over 38 years, attending the Harvest Fair has been a tradition for both local and out of town guests. Wine and food lovers from as far abroad as South America, India and even Australia, plan their visit to Santa Rosa each October, to sample the county’s bounty. This is our local celebration of the best Sonoma County has to offer in food, wine, and beer. To be awarded top honors in a field of amazing food producers is exciting for all of us at the creamery and farm.
Other Awards for Redwood Hill Cheese
Two of our newest cheeses, Redwood Hill Farm Cameo and Redwood Hill Farm Terra also brought home Gold medals. Redwood Hill Farm Bucheret was awarded Silver. Congratulations to all Sonoma County winners! And a big congratulations to the Redwood Hill Farm Cheese Team, well done!
The Harvest Fair takes place October 4, 5 & 6 at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa, CA. Redwood Hill Farm will be in attendance for one of the three Grand Tastings, check back right here or on facebook for the which night and all the details. Check out HarvestFair.org for more info on the 2013 Sonoma County Harvest Fair.
Congratulations to our incredible Farm Team!
It was a wonderful Sonoma County Fair goat show for Redwood Hill Farm. We were honored to receive many awards, including the coveted Supreme Best Doe in Show award as SGCH Rima (pictured) won it against some amazing competition. Winning this award at our prestigious State and County Fair in the same year, is another great accomplishment in this Doe’s storied career.
From award-winning goats comes award-winning goat milk kefir!
California’s Sonoma County has a long tradition of dairying and cheese making. That proud tradition recently honored North Bay cheese producers including Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery who took home awards from the 2013 American Cheese Society’s annual Judging & Competition in early August, with Redwood Hill Farm brought home the top prize in their division for the Redwood Hill Farm Traditional Plain Kefir! This is not the first award for Redwood Hill’s delicious goat milk kefir, click here for a listing of recent awards.
The competition took place in Madison, WI during the annual conference of the American Cheese Society, a not-for-profit organization that encourages the appreciation and promotion of farmstead and specialty cheeses in the U.S. and Canada. Congratulations to all of the winners, and to Madison, WI, for hosting a great American Cheese Society Conference!
For more information about the American Cheese Society, go to cheesesociety.org
Redwood Hill Farm’s sister brand – “Green Valley Organics Lactose-Free Kefir”!
The editors and experts at Prevention announced their “Eat Clean 2013: Prevention’s 100 Cleanest Packaged Food Awards” last week. The list revealed the results of their search for the most nutritious, delicious choices with the cleanest ingredients. Included on the list is Green Valley Organics Lactose Free Kefir, a delicious drinkable yogurt that can be enjoyed on its own or used as a healthy alternative to buttermilk or cream in just about any recipe.
Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery Inc. Backgrounder – Sustainably Farmed & Family Owned Since 1968
(Sebastopol, Calif.) In 1968, Kenneth and Cynthia Bice moved their family from Southern California to Sebastopol, 60 miles north of San Francisco among the picturesque redwoods of western Sonoma County. They were seeking a “back to the land” lifestyle. The Bice kids were in culture shock at first, but got involved raising and showing goats in 4-H, learning to love the land and goats in the process. Soon there was an excess of goat milk that the family began selling to local health food stores and Redwood Hill Farm® was born. Today, first-born Jennifer Bice owns and guides the goat dairy and creamery her parents founded as an exemplary ecopreneur in a style that is better described as “giving back to the land.”
Read the entire press release (PDF download).