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.”
Women’s Running Magazine
“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.”
~ Elite Runner Lauren Fleshman
We Are Sonoma County – The Goat Whisperer
by Heather Irwin
Cult-worthy pinots and locally sourced menus are a given. But it’s the people that give Sonoma County a flavor all its own.
There’s an edgy vibe to its cultural scene and eclectic collection of towns and villages, which is a reflection of the people who call Sonoma County home — the entrepreneurial cast and crew who till the soil, grow the grapes (and milk the goats), have made the region’s award-winning wine and food scene what it is today. As original as Sonoma County itself, they bring to life a quirky sensibility, and an energy that is captivating and contagious.
Jennifer Bice of Redwood Hill Farm & Green Valley Organics
by Kathleen Thompson Hill
How many 4-H or Future Farmers of America members dream of making their childhood interest, adolescent affinity or high school passion into a full-fledged business? Many future farmers grow up on farms or in rural areas, and some know no other lifestyle. Animals become their best friends. Jennifer Lynn Bice’s story is a little different…
Read all about Jennifer’s dream here! (PDF download)
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.