Posts Tagged ‘goats’

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 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.

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

The Times-Herald Newspaper Interviews David Bice on Goat Milk

Written by Redwood Hill on . Posted in In the News

The Times-Herald Interviews David Bice, Redwood Hill Farm

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.” 

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!

Sonoma County Food and Farming Project

Written by Redwood Hill on . Posted in Company News

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“I can’t think of a more quintessential Sonoma County farm family than the lovely folks at Redwood Hill Creamery.  Jennifer Bice has lead the way for the sweet and natural growth of what her parents started 45 years ago.  She has gathered some of her family around her, repurposed legendary facilities, gently moved beyond their core work of making some delicious goats milk foods and is living an exemplary existence in our magical region.  They have been our largest sponsors of this Sonoma County Food and Farming Project, for which we are most grateful, but we’d have wanted to tell their story even if they hadn’t made this entire video story series possible.” ~ Clark Wolf

The Sonoma County Food and Farming Project (SCFFP), under the umbrella of Ag Innovations Network, seeks to increase of and encourage participation in small-scale food and farming projects in Sonoma County. Click here and enjoy the project’s video of Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery