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By David Bice
At Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery, we have long been known for making healthful and delicious goat milk yogurt, kefir and artisan cheeses – but did you know we are also a mini solar power plant? We make all of our dairy in our solar-powered creamery, where the sum of all electricity needs is covered by renewable energy.
Quality and sustainability are guiding principles for Jennifer Bice, Founder and Managing Director of Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery. So, it’s no surprise that she installed U.S. made solar panels at the Sebastopol creamery, which greatly reduce our carbon footprint and reliance on fossil fuels. At Jennifer’s farm, only four miles away, 100% of all energy needs are met by a solar power system, which allows excess energy to flow back into the grid. Let the sun shine in!
At The Creamery
Completed in 2010, after going through a planning and permitting process and building a new roof for structural support, our 586 kw photovoltaic system now provides 85% of our electricity needs through two acres of solar panels on the roof. The remaining 15% come from renewable energy sources including wind and geothermal. This powers all areas of our certified organic creamery, including production, warehouses and all refrigeration. In addition, the system provides electricity for two electric car charging stations, allowing community electric car owners to “fill-up with the sun”.
As one of the largest solar installations in Sonoma County, California, it is the realization of Jennifer’s long-time vision for our company that treats the environment with as much respect as it does the animals that produce milk for Redwood Hill Farm’s specialty goat milk yogurt, kefir and artisan cheeses. “We try to operate for the good of the planet, people and animals, not just for profit”, she says.
At Redwood Hill Farm is where it all began, with its nationally recognized dairy goats that provide us, along with seven other family farms, with the freshest, best-tasting milk for all we make. Set amidst a field of lavender and California poppies, the farm’s solar panels are mounted on steel poles and are automated to move slowly throughout the day, following the arc of the sun for maximum efficiency. This system provides the necessary energy for the entire dairy operation, all of the barns, pumps for the wells, and power for two homes at the farm.
At our creamery, we’re using a total of 2,548 solar panels. With this system, 810,840 pounds of CO2 will be reduced annually; equal to 110 acres of trees saved, 54 cars off the road, or 76 homes powered. The system at Redwood Hill Farm provides an average of 110% of the farm’s needs annually, with excess flowing back into the grid, providing monthly credits from our utility company, which pays back for the energy generated.
This commitment to sustainability and protecting our environment has enabled Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery to receive certification and recognition as a Sonoma County Green Business: www.sonoma-county.org/sonomagreen. We are also members of the Center For Climate Protection, and are honored to support other environmental organizations to make a difference in our Sonoma County community.
From the farm to finished products, we are “milking the sun” to sustainably produce delicious goat milk dairy for all to enjoy.
Not all goat milk is the same – there are variations in volume, components, water content and butterfat depending on the time of year and on the type of goat breed. Of all breeds, Alpine and Saanen dairy goats are the top producers by volume. Milk from the Nubian dairy goat breed on the other hand, tends to be a bit higher in butterfat. To make our yogurt, kefir and cheeses consistent and delicious in flavor, we combine goat milk from Redwood Hill Farm and seven other family farms, sourcing milk from La Mancha, Nubian, Alpine, Oberhasli, and Saanen goats.
We are thrilled to be in Issue 3 of Conscious Company Magazine as a handful of the nations top sustainable cheese producers! Redwood Hill Farm Owner and CEO Jennifer Bice was interviewed about her woman-owned company and her 45+ year commitment to sustainability and the environment.
You can pick up a copy at Whole Foods Market, Sprouts, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, and other local retailers—you’ll be supporting sustainable businesses.
CLICK HERE to read the full article.
This bread was developed as a request from Jennifer Bice and Steven Schack of Redwood Hill Farm for the annual Goat Milk Producers Convention which was held in Santa Rosa in 1990 at the Landmark Winery. It first appeared in print in Brother Juniper’s Bread Book: Slow Rise as Method and Metaphor by Peter Reinhart. At that time we made a goat milk ricotta, or as we liked to call it “rigoatta”, and the original recipe was developed using that ricotta goat cheese.
by David Bice
Redwood Hill Farm has been a family farm for over 45 years. It began in 1968 when our parents, Cynthia and Kenneth Bice (with then seven kids), moved from Los Angeles to Sonoma County and bought their very first goat named “Flopsy”. As a family and later under the leadership of oldest sister, Jennifer Bice, we have been making our cultured yogurt, kefir and artisan cheese for our goat milk loving customers since the early 1970’s. We invite you on a journey to follow our fresh goat milk as it travels from our Certified Humane® goat farm in Sebastopol, CA, to your neighborhood store.
“Goat people” love to collect all kinds of goaty items. Enjoy this collection of some of Jennifer’s favorite art pieces collected over her 45+ years of owning and loving dairy goats.
This is a classic lemon cake recipe that owner Jennifer Bice has been making with her award-winning chèvre for years. Arrange your tiny lemon cakes on a pretty serving platter, dust with powdered sugar and garnish with slices of lemon. Based on a recipe from Judith Maguire, pastry chef at Lalime’s Restaurant in Berkeley, CA, this simple recipe is sure to become one of your favorites, too.
Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery’s Bucheret Goat Cheese and Plain Goat Milk Kefir Win at 2014 American Cheese Society Competition
We are honored to announce that our Bucheret Goat Milk Cheese and our Plain Goat Milk Kefir won second place at this year’s prestigious American Cheese Society’s Judging and Competition in Sacramento. Bucheret placed second in the Goat’s Milk Cheese Aged 31-60 Days category and the Plain Goat Milk Kefir placed second in the “All Milks” Kefir, Drinkable Yogurt, Buttermilk and Other Drinkable Cultured Products category, amid nearly 1,700 entries from 248 companies in the overall competition.
Jennifer will be honored at the 42nd Annual Ag-BBQ
We’re so happy to share that the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce recently announced Redwood Hill Farm owner and CEO Jennifer Bice will receive the Leadership in Agriculture award at this year’s Agri-Business BBQ on July 29th! The 42nd Annual Agri-Business BBQ honoring the diverse and pivotal role of the agriculture community in shaping the quality of life here in Sonoma County, will take place at Shone Farm, Santa Rosa Junior College’s 365-acre outdoor learning laboratory. Select HERE for more details on the awards event in July.
In 1978, Jennifer Lynn Bice assumed ownership of Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery, Inc., the family farm and Grade A goat dairy the Bice family started in Sonoma County in 1968, and never looked back. Along with her late husband, Steven Schack, Jennifer expanded the business to produce a greater variety of goat milk products, and diversified the dairy goat-breeding program.
Today Redwood Hill Farm is owned and operated by Jennifer, along with five of her siblings that worked to establish Redwood Hill Farm in the 1960’s. In addition, more than 50 dedicated employees now run the day-to-day operations at the Certified Humane® farm and state-of-the-art organic creamery in Sebastopol. Promoting the benefits of goat milk products and developing a genetics program of excellence for the Redwood Hill Farm herd remain her top priorities, and this commitment has positioned Redwood Hill Farm at the forefront of the dairy goat industry.
Real Simple Magazine editors name Redwood Hill Farm Goat Milk Yogurt winner in its national Yogurt Road Test
The choice of yogurts can be overwhelming for consumers, so the editors of Real Simple Magazine took it upon themselves to find the “cream of the crop.” In the “Traditional” category, Redwood Hill Farm was named head of the herd as “Best Goat
Milk Yogurt.” Its sister brand, Green Valley Organics received “Best Lactose Free Yogurt” honors.
“We are honored and thrilled that the Real Simple editors chose both of our yogurt brands as winners in their yogurt road test,” said Jennifer Bice, owner, Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery. “We take great pride in how are products are made and the ingredients we use. All of our products are made at our solar powered, Green Business certified creamery using only the highest quality milk from goats and cows raised on Certified Humane farms. We keep our ingredient list short and, well, simple.”
Read the entire PRESS RELEASE here.