Jennifer Bice named 2014 Leadership in Agriculture Award Winner

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

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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.

Jennifer with her National Champion Redwood Hills Jamblya

Jennifer with her National Champion Redwood Hills Jamblya

Like all company owners, Jennifer is mindful of the bottom line, but for her it is a “triple bottom line” – planet, people, profits – with an added “P” for pledge. The Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery Pledge is a statement of the family’s commitment to producing delicious dairy products of the highest quality and providing a sustainable environment and implementing practices for the benefit of the animals, the land, and people.

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.

 

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  • Priscilla Postel

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    Hi Sharon! Very happy Jennifer will receive the 2014 Leadership in Agriculture award at this year’s Agri-Business BBQ….being held at Santa
    Rosa Junior College’s Shone Farm on July 29th. She well deserves this
    award, along with all her previous awards & recognitions.
    Hope you’re doing great! Love to all,Priscilla

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    • Sharon Bice

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      Thanks Priscilla, Jennifer is very honored to be getting this award. Redwood Hill Farm is a woman-owned company and Jennifer is truly a pioneer in Sonoma County agriculture community AND among California cheese makers. My sister inspries all of us!

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