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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.”
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We’re celebrating a 45 year love affair with dairy goats!
In 1964, the Bice family moved from Los Angeles to Sonoma County and bought their first goat, “Flopsy” to provide milk for their evergrowing family . . . this was the beginning of their love for goats! In 1968, a boutique milking parlor and bottling room was built on the family farm. The family began selling raw goat milk to local health food stores and Redwood Hill Farm was born. Then in 1978, the eldest daughter, Jennifer Lynn Bice and her partner Steven Schack, with little more than $250 each and a passion for dairy goats, take over the farm. Fast forward to 2013 and Redwood Hill Farm is celebrating its 45th anniversary! Jennifer pledges the family’s commitment to producing delicious dairy products of the highest quality, while providing a sustainable environment and using practices that benefit the animals, the land, and the people. Read the history timeline here!
“I can’t think of a more quintessential Sonoma County farm family than the lovely folks at Redwood Hill Creamery. Jennifer Bice has lead the way for the sweet and natural growth of what her parents started 45 years ago. She has gathered some of her family around her, repurposed legendary facilities, gently moved beyond their core work of making some delicious goats milk foods and is living an exemplary existence in our magical region. They have been our largest sponsors of this Sonoma County Food and Farming Project, for which we are most grateful, but we’d have wanted to tell their story even if they hadn’t made this entire video story series possible.” ~ Clark Wolf
The Sonoma County Food and Farming Project (SCFFP), under the umbrella of Ag Innovations Network, seeks to increase of and encourage participation in small-scale food and farming projects in Sonoma County. Click here and enjoy the project’s video of Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery
Innovative idea by Redwood Hill Farm cheese team turned into new water saving process
We’re so proud of our Cheese Team! Every month at the creamery, we give awards to employees who come up with innovative ideas and procedures for recycling and conservation. This month’s kudos go to our cheese room team, who have come up with a new method of washing the feta molds and the 900 gallon vat. The new process they developed will save 34,000 gallons of water per season! Shown left to right are the fine folks that hand-craft our beautiful goat cheeses: Roselia, Susana, Luciano, Patty, Maribel, and Erick.
HobbyFarms.com interviews Redwood Hill Farm Owner, Jennifer Bice on her company’s historic commitment to the environment
April 22 is Earth Day, a day when we all take pause to think about our lovely planet and how we can protect it. Hobby Farms.com interviewed Jennifer Lynn Bice, owner and CEO of Redwood Hill Farm, who describes Redwood Hill’s solar-powered farm & creamery, recycling and composting programs, and other earth-gentle practices that make every day Earth Day at Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery
Read the article here.
Have no fear, it’s Redwood Hill Farm’s “Poster Girl” Zimba
If you happen to see a 7′ tall goat rolling down the highway, have no fear – it’s “Zimba” our Redwood Hill Farm Alpine poster girl gracing the side of a UNFI Distributor truck! On one side of the truck is Zimba, with all our Redwood Hill Farm goat milk products, and on the other side, our Green Valley Organics lactose free dairy products. UNFI distributes natural foods, and this truck will be traveling the west coast region for the next year. We’d love to know if you spot it in your town.
Here’s a little time-lapse video of the installation of the truck wrap
33 Local Foods We Love!
The Press Democrat’s “Biteclub” blogger Heather Irwin asked her readers to name the artisan foods and drinks that really make Sonoma County the cornucopia of deliciousness that make them proud to be from here. We’re happy to have landed a spot, along with some top-notch favorites of ours, in the Dairy Goods category. Check out Sonoma County’s favorite local food and libations here.
Jennifer attributes her business success to the values she embraced as a 4-H member
This award honors a former 4-H Club member who upholds the values of leadership, citizenship and community service.
The 4-H experience is one the cornerstones of Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery. The Bice family with dad Kenneth and mom Cynthia started Redwood Hill Farm in 1968 to provide fresh Grade A raw goat milk for the family and natural food store customers in Sonoma County. Jennifer excelled in 4-H by showing her goats & rabbits as well as her dogs at American Kennel Club sanctioned dog shows. Active in the Twin Hills, Apple Blossom and Los Cabritos 4-H clubs, Jennifer held various club officer positions and was a 1972 Sonoma County All Star. Jennifer especially enjoyed being a 4-H Junior Leader in the Apple Blossom 4-H Club Dairy Goat project. As a Jr. Leader, along with various duties she was instrumental in organizing a youth dairy goat show.
Jennifer never lost her interest in goats and took over the fledgling family business in 1978. Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery was greatly expanded, becoming a leader in the production of premium quality goat milk products and the Redwood Hill Farm dairy goat herd is considered the premier herd in the country today. For the last 40 years Jennifer has remained true to her mission: craft the very best products in a way that is sustainable for Redwood Hill’s farmland, animals and employees. Jennifer attributes her business success to the values she embraced as a 4-H member and her lifelong commitment to the 4-H motto “To Make the Best Better.”
Our goats are just back from Sacramento, where they won big honors at the 2011 California State Fair. Two of our Saanens won Best Doe in Show (Marabel) and Supreme Total Performer (Caprice).
In the Alpine show on Sunday, Redwood Hill’s Sierra Vertigo was the Grand Champion. On Tuesday, Redwood Hill’s Dahlia garnered the Grand Champion ribbon in the Nubian show. And beautiful Compañeros Stand Out Marabel, named after one of our favorite employees, was not only Saanen Grand Champion, but brought home the top prize of Best Doe in Show!
The Redwood Hill Farm team also brought home Reserve Champion in the Alpine, Saanen and Nubian Show as well as Best Three Females in all three shows.
Special kudos to Farm Manager Scott Bice and herd manager Trinity Smith as a very special award was garnered. Total Performer was awarded to three Redwood Hill Farm does. This award takes scores from the show, combines them with milk production records and awards the top point-getter.
Redwood Hill’s beautiful Saanen, Compañeros Caprice took the very top prize in this category – Supreme Total Performer.
We are proud to announce that Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery is receiving special recognition from PG&E and Solar Sonoma County as one of the North Bay’s top ten business leaders in sustainable business practices!
Redwood Hill Farm has demonstrated sustainability leadership here in Sonoma County by installing a 586 kW DC solar electric system, providing 100% of energy used at our Sebastopol organic creamery. The solar system covers nearly 2 acres of roof space using 2,500 solar panels made in California. The CO2 reduced annually is equal to 110 acres of trees saved, 54 cars off the road, or 76 homes powered. Our Certified Humane� goat dairy is solar powered too.
“By installing our solar system we offset in a much greater percentage, the transportation costs of distributing our natural goat and lactose free cow milk dairy products. This is very important to us.”
–Jennifer Lynn Bice
Redwood Hill Farm Owner Jennifer Lynn Bice will receive the Bay Area Helios Award at the 2011 Solar Leaders Circle Awards Celebration at Paradise Ridge Winery on June 28th. Congressman Jared Huffman will be attending as Guest of Honor.