By Scott “Goat Guy” Bice
Spring and Summer are very busy seasons here at Redwood Hill Farm. In that time, we go from kidding season to goat show season at our Certified Humane® farm, with just about every weekend filled with some kind of event. This year it seemed busier than ever with a multitude of events. Sadly, neither the goats or I had time for writing The Bleat Beat. Fear not loyal readers, The Bleat Beat is back!
Hi Everyone, my name is Zimba! I’m one of over 300 dairy goats living here at Redwood Hill Farm, the first goat dairy in the nation to be labeled with the Certified Humane® designation—animal welfare is very important to the folks who own and manage Redwood Hill.
You might have seen me on postcards or even on a truck and trailer that delivers our natural, delicious, dairy goat products to health food stores everywhere. Well, now I’m so famous they even want me to write a blog! Actually, Farm Manager Scott Bice and others on the farm will be contributing to the blog as well, but we all know that I’m the one capacious in writing creativity! Read on as I’m excited to fill you in on happenings at Redwood Hill Farm from the goat’s perspective.
By Scott “Goat Guy” Bice
Life is like spring weather in Sonoma County. You never know what you’re gonna get. I’m sure a lot of places can make that statement for their spring time weather, but after spending much of my youth in the temperate climate of Kauai, I’m often amazed at the dynamic spring weather shifts we have here in the North Bay area.
By Scott “Goat Guy” Bice
Kidding season is now in full swing at Redwood Hill Farm.
Our kids are frolicking around the pens enjoying the glorious Sonoma county spring weather. I love this time of year, as it gets me back more into the barns, tending to the births. Instead of rushing off to some meeting or errand, I spend a lot of more time just “being” with the herd. Often, it is here when I find myself reflecting on all the wonderful times spent with these special four legged friends, our beautiful herd of dairy goats.
By Scott “The Goat Guy” Bice
It’s a warm, spring-like February evening in the barn as I await the first kids of the new year. A full moon is rising over Mt. Saint Helena, and the sounds of the milking herd browsing and ruminating fills the air. Hope Springs Eternal on the farm, and we are excited about the arrival of the adorable new kids, as well as their fresh-into-milk mothers, who will be our show goats for the new year and provide us with delicious milk to make our cheese and cultured products.
Hundreds of fans lined up to meet the “kids” from Redwood Hill Farm
San Francisco celebrated all things goat at the Fourth Annual Goat Festival held recently at the Ferry Plaza Building during its busy and popular Saturday morning farmers market. The festival was co-hosted by CUESA (The Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture) and the makers of a wide array of Northern California goat milk products.
Hundreds of fans lined up to meet the “kids” visiting the city from Redwood Hill Farm in Sebastopol, watch cooking demos featuring food made from goat milk, get free samples of goat milk soaps from Tierra Mia Organics and taste goat goodies from Redwood Hill Farm, Cypress Grove Chevre, Laloo’s Goat Milk Ice Cream, Happy Goat Caramel and Kidding Around With Chocolate.
Local natural foods market features Redwood Hill Farm in store news
Tell us about Redwood Hill Farm…
Redwood Hill Farm is a family owned business that produces natural goat milk yogurt, kefir, and artisan cheese in our Sebastopol solar-powered creamery. We have a beautiful herd of dairy goats on our Humane Certified® farm just a few miles from our creamery. We’re happy to mention that our farm is now solar powered as well!
How did the farm get started?
It was the beginning of the back-to-the-land movement, and my parents who had grown up in Southern California wanted to give a more rural lifestyle to their family. They bought an abandoned apple orchard in Sebastopol and moved us onto the land in 1964. As soon as the house was finished, my dad and grandpa built a small barn and we got our first goats (and chickens)!
We joined a local 4-H club and participated in lots of ‘projects’, but the goats quickly became everyone’s favorites. By 1968 we had given our small farm a name, Redwood Hill Farm. By the early 1970’s dad had built a small block dairy barn and we began bottling and selling raw milk in glass bottles to the then new natural food stores.
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From goat milk caramels to herb-infused soap, find out about America’s homespun harvest.
“It’s a locavore age, with many consumers deeply invested in the source and story behind everything from their face cream to their goat’s milk gouda. As food trends shift back to the land, farm-fresh products are gaining more traction. Family-owned farms offer a remedy to faceless corporations, and offer products crafted with consideration and care. From the old-world Italian “pork butter” (aka spallacia) created at Iowa’s La Quercia to the natural beauty products concocted by high-end Rhode Island apothecary Farmaesthetics, it’s a good time to celebrate the homegrown goodness offered up at farms across the country.”
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Goat Milk? Meet David Bice of Redwood Hill Farm, ambassador of foods made from the milk of frolicking goats
By Rayne Wolfe
Last summer, while helping to serve up dinner at a Sonoma County Farm Bureau fundraiser, a gentleman swore to David Bice that not only did he dislike goat cheese; he hated it. This didn’t worry Bice, who has run into bad culinary attitudes before at store demos and natural food trade shows.
“Often, this is a result of tasting a poorly made goat cheese many years ago, or goat milk that wasn’t fresh, at sometime way in their past,” said Bice. “Once a person gets past that negative ‘taste memory’ of long ago, and tastes whatever we make with an open mind, they are almost always pleasantly surprised.”
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“I’m picky about my yogurt. I want it minimally processed, sweetish but low in sugar (and no cheating with fake sugars), high in protein, creamy and not from a giant cow-milking factory (that grosses me out). Goat yogurt is high in calcium, and naturally low in lactose so it doesn’t mess with my stomach.”