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Two Farmers Going Really Green!
Local Goat Farm’s Commitment to Sustainable Practices Achieves Green Certification
Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery is proud to announce that it has achieved recognition as a Sonoma County Green Business environmental leader. The Sonoma Green Business Program, part of the Sonoma County Economic Development Board, is a partnership of government agencies and utilities that assists, recognizes and promotes local organizations, focusing on small to medium-sized consumer-oriented businesses that 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 while demonstrating goodwill in the community.
This is not the first time the company has been recognized as a responsible business owner. In 2009, it received a Best Practices Award for its use of environmentally sound business practices from the Business Environmental Alliance of Sonoma County. Redwood Hill Farm also holds the distinction of being the first goat dairy in the United States to be Certified Humane®, which is considered the ‘gold standard’ in third-party certification for humane animal treatment.
In addition to using solar power to provide energy for both the family farm and creamery where its award-winning products are made, Redwood Hill Farm employs the following green practices:
Rewards employees for new re-use and recycle ideas that keep everyone on the alert for new ways to protect our environment, such as changing and reducing the amount of plastic in each yogurt cup and lid by about half, switching to foil lids rather than plastic and upgrading to more energy efficient, motion sensor lighting at the creamery
Recycles extensively at both the farm and creamery, using only recycled paper and biodegradable serving cups and utensils at sampling events
Reclaims water to clean areas where it is acceptable
Composts manure and straw/hay stems from smaller barns that is used for the farm’s organic vegetable gardens, olive grove and apple orchard; uses manure and straw/hay stems as mulch around fruit trees and in the ground to provide nutrients for the trees
Provides solar-powered electric vehicle recharging stations at the creamery and uses two hybrid company vehicles
Uses only organic fruits in both its Redwood Hill Farm goat milk yogurts as well as in sister brand Green Valley Organics Lactose Free yogurts and kefirs, which the company introduced in 2010.
This Farmer Went Turds for Power
As NPR Reports, the season of big holiday meals kicks off, it’s as good a time as any to reflect on just how much food goes to waste.
So, here’s one solution to the problem: Dairy farmers in Massachusetts are using food waste to create electricity. They feed waste into anaerobic digesters, built and operated byVanguard Renewables, which capture the methane emissions and make renewable energy.