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The First Olive Harvest at Redwood Hill Farm

Written by Scott Bice on . Posted in Life on the Farm, Recipes

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by Scott Bice, Farm Manager Redwood Hill Farm

This past Thanksgiving, our family gathered around more than just a dining room table.  We also gathered around an olive grove for our very first harvest of the beautiful Tuscan olive trees planted two and a half years earlier.

In Italy there are many festivals in November to celebrate the olive harvest, when family and friends gather to harvest the plump green and purple fruit by hand.  On a cold but sunny morning, we started a new Bice family tradition: picking the fruit to make “green gold”—the buttery, peppery, and delicious olive oil.

Redwood Hill’s Rima: A Very Special Dairy Goat

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

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By Scott “Goat Guy” Bice

All of our goats at Redwood Hill are special, but every once in a while, a certain individual will come along and grab everyone’s attention. From the experienced goat breeder visiting Redwood Hill Farm who exclaims “WOW!!” when they see her gliding around the barn, to the third grade student that very same goat befriends by coming up and rubbing her gently on their back, as if saying, “Love me”.

Meet Rima, the American Dairy Goat Association’s (ADGA) 2012 National Champion and Best Udder Alpine.

Baby Goats Head To The City!

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

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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!

 

Blog by Momma Goat Zimba

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

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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.

Changing Of The Seasons

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

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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.

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

Jennifer began showing her goats and winning awards at a young age.

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!