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Spring Farm Tour dates are set!

Written by Sharon Bice on . Posted in Events, Life on the Farm

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Mark Your Calendars

Our annual Spring Farm Tour dates have been set…we hope you’ll join us on the farm in beautiful Sonoma County this spring. Come out to visit us during apple blossom time and spend a day with the goats and learning where your favorite goat milk yogurt, kefir, and cheese come from. We’ll have cheese and cooking demos, opportunity to milk a goat or just hang-out with the baby kids, a straw bale climbing pyramid for the kids, live music and more!

When: Saturday and Sunday, May 10 & 11 plus Saturday and Sunday, June 7 & 8

Where: Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery, 5480 Thomas Road, Sebastopol, CA 95472

Time: 11:00 am — 3:00 pm

Mark your calendars today so you don’t forget, and be sure to check back here before you head out…though it is unlikely (especially this year) but we will cancel for rain.

 

 

A deeper shade of green at Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery

Written by Sharon Bice on . Posted in Company News

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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!

A Warm Thanks from The Ceres Project

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

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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 Serving Kefir to The Ceres Projectwere 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

NourishingConnectionsBook…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.

Mother Nature’s Fly Trap: Insect Control at Redwood Hill Farm

Written by Steve Considine on . Posted in Life on the Farm

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How we control the flies on our organic farm including complete plans for “Mother Nature’s Fly Trap”

We are totally committed to protecting our environment and the health/safety of our employees and goats.  Therefore, we have a policy of zero tolerance for synthetic chemical pesticides.  Cleanliness and sanitation are the first line of defense against such pests as common flies.  Their larvae need a moist, nitrogen rich area in which to incubate and hatch.  In so far as possible, such habitats are minimized in our management.  However, certain areas are always problematic on a working farm, such as around and underneath platforms supporting water tanks.  Insect predators are routinely distributed to such areas to feed on the fly larvae.

Autumn on The Farm and Jennifer’s Brandied Pumpkin Pie Recipe

Written by Sharon Bice on . Posted in Life on the Farm

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Thanksgiving is upon us…

and right on cue are blustery days, intense fall colors, and a sprinkling of rain showers to green up the fields on the farm. Recently on an extraordinarily fine day, I spent the afternoon with Jennifer and we made pie. Jennifer and I share a passion for cooking, along with Scott, David, Shelley and a few other siblings! As a large family growing up together on Redwood Hill Farm, cooking with fresh goat milk and seasonal produce from the garden each year became a natural part of our life. Now, some 45 years later, we all have favorite recipes when it comes to gathering for holiday meals and this pie is very special.

Redwood Hill Farm Featured on HGTV Gardens

Written by Redwood Hill on . Posted in In the News

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Buy Local: An Array of Farm Products Are Just a Click Away

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.”

Read the entire article at HGTV Gardens

Wall Street Journal Features David Bice of Redwood Hill Farm as the “Goat Whisperer”

Written by Redwood Hill on . Posted in In the News

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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.

Wall Street Journal, March 9, 2013 (PDF 1.37MB)

 

 

Edible Marin & Wine Country – A Passion for Goats!

Written by Redwood Hill on . Posted in In the News

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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: Celebrating 45 Years As Family Owned Farm

Written by Redwood Hill on . Posted in Company News

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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.”

Read the entire press release (PDF download).

At Redwood Hill Goat Farm: Flopsy Started it All

Written by Redwood Hill on . Posted in Company News

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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!