Check out where your food comes from! Here are links to our farms that we proudly carry as part of our product line. We have also included their farming practices in a survey that the farmers have filled out themselves.
What year were you established? 2015
Specific Breed of Animal: Cows are Jersey/Jersey X ; Chickens are Novegen Red Sexlink
Organic(certified or organic practices)? We are not certified organic. However we avoid using any pesticides on our pastures and livestock. We feed only hay that has not had chemicals applied to the crop or that is certified organic.
100% Grass-Fed? Cows- Yes ; Chickens- On pasture during the growing season and fed sprouted barley during the winter! Types of grass are ryegrass, brome, orchard grass, fescue, timothy, native grasses, blue grass, clover, alfalfa, oat hay or other cereal hay
Where does your feed come from? All chicken feed ingredients are grown locally in the inland northwest. Laying hens are outside on movable trailers during the summer where they can forage on pasture as much as desired
Soy Free? Yes
Antibiotics used? None in our production animals, i.e. milking cows or laying hens.
If yes, how long do the animals with antibiotics used stay out of the milking process or quarantined from the other part of the herd? We have at times used antibiotics on a heifer but have maintained a one year window between treatment and production.
What type of things do you do to create a low-stress environment for your animals? Work the animals in a calm manner without a lot of pressure. Give them plenty of room to move around. And keep there bedding fresh and clean as well as giving them opportunity to go outside- cows, year around & chickens, when the weather is commodious.
Any type of technology used that differs from a normal farm? We use a fodder system to grow sprouted grains in a controlled environment so that our chickens can have green grass all year around.
Anything else you can tell us about what you do specifically on your farm that makes you stand out or that you do differently? We have no outside hired help but are family owned and operated. We also do not use any chlorine for pre-sanitation of milking equipment. We have found 34% peroxide to be very effective without the negative chlorine residuals and the associated decomposition of pipeline components.
What year were you established? We have been a licensed raw milk dairy since 2006.
Specific Breed of Animal:100% purebred registered Jersey cattle
Organic(certified or organic practices)? While not certified our pasture is treated as organic with liquid manure as the only source of fertilizer. We try to balance organic practices with affordability to serve the demands of consumers.
100% Grass-Fed? We practice rotational grazing weather permitting (about 7 months a year on pasture) and feed alfalfa in the winter months. A light corn and soy free grain ration is fed in the milking parlor.
If not 100% Grass-fed, what type of feed by approximate percentage(please include each season if it differs)? We feed approximately 10lbs of grain per cow each day, the rest of the diet is compromised of pasture during the summer or alfalfa in the winter months.
Where does your feed come from? Hay comes from Leitz Hay Company, sourced from multiple farms throughout Eastern Washington. Our grain is made by Conway Feed in Conway, WA. Conway feed is an antibiotic free facility.
Non-GMO? Our pasture and purchased hay is Non-GMO, our grain is corn and soy free to reduce GMO potentials, but the facility is not certified GMO free. They work with us and their suppliers to source our ration as GMO free and natural as possible.
Soy Free? Yes
Antibiotics used? We use antibiotics sparingly and on an individual basis when the health of an animal is jeopardized.
If yes, how long do the animals with antibiotics used stay out of the milking process or quarantined from the other part of the herd? It varies, we follow the withdrawal protocol as prescribed on the medication.
What type of things do you do to create a low-stress environment for your animals? While in the barn the cows have access to an automated rotary brush for self grooming, and they rest on thick mattresses with a combination of rubber and memory foam that are designed to replicate the comfort of pasture. We continually strive to make the lives of our animals more comfortable. This low stress lifestyle means healthier animals and better quality milk.
Any type of technology used that differs from a normal farm? We have a 72 panel solar photovoltaic array offsetting our energy consumption. We have a fully automated flush system that cleans each alley in the barn 6 times per day, resulting in the cows spending less time in the holding pen and leaving more time for eating, resting, and socializing.
A2? 100%. Our milk is 100% A2 beta casein protein. We have been breeding exclusively for some years now.
Anything else you can tell us about what you do specifically on your farm that makes you stand out or that you do differently? We’re a woman owned, veteran owned, 2nd generation raw milk dairy. We practice the most clean and sanitary conditions from the milking parlor to our consumers. We eat and drink what we produce and are proud to be a provider of this high quality natural food throughout Western Washington.
Our farmland has been preserved into perpetuity by a 2008 conservation easement held by the North Olympic Land Trust. This easement makes us think differently about our land and ensuring its use is available to future generations. Our rapid growth since converting to raw milk in 2006 has allowed opportunities to rebuild the infrastructure of our farm with a focus on efficiency, animal health and comfort, as well as being socially and environmentally responsible. We look to examples of biomimicry- emulating sustainable systems in the natural environment to improve our processes. Whenever possible, the outputs of one process become inputs for another; just like sustainable systems in nature. Examples include our fully automated manure flush system which uses reclaimed wash water from our production and processing operations to flush the barn every hour. The system separates dairy manure fibers- which are sold to local garden enthusiasts, and the remaining liquid is the only source of fertilizer used to maintain our pasture. Surplus liquid manure is sent to a neighboring organic produce farm to aid in soil fertility while leftover milk and skim from our bottling plant is sent to a neighboring pig farm. Nothing goes to waste.
What year were you established?: 2010
Specific Breed of Animal?: Hereford x Berkshire
Organic(certified or organic practices)?: WSDA Certified Organic pastures
100% Grass-Fed?: 100% pasture raised.
if 100%, what types of grass?: clover cover crops
If not 100% Grass-fed, what type of feed by approximate percentage(please include each season if it differs)?: free choice barley wheat blend feed.
Where does your feed come from?: Conway feed.
Soy Free?: no
Antibiotics used?: Not in the butcher animals. Only in sick breed stock, which is very rare.
What type of things do you do to create a low-stress environment for your animals?: deep bedding in wood chips in winter housing.
Anything else you can tell us about what you do specifically on your farm that makes you stand out or that you do differently?: Nutrient management through composting for sustainability low environmental impact.
What year were you established: 1980
Specific Breed of Animal: Alpine, Saanen & LaMancha Dairy Goats
Organic(certified or organic practices): NA
100% Grass-Fed: Certified Grass Fed by A Greener World
if 100%, what types of grass: Mixed Pasture and weeds along with alfalfa hay.
If not 100% Grass-fed, what type of feed by approximate percentage(please include each season if it differs):
Where does your feed come from: Grown on Farm
Soy Free: Yes
Antibiotics used?: Only in emergency cases to save lives.
If yes, how long do the animals with antibiotics used stay out of the milking process or quarantined from the other part of the herd: Two times the label suggestion/requirement.
What type of things do you do to create a low-stress environment for your animals: Provide spacious living quarters with fresh water and food.
Any type of technology used that differs from a normal farm: Our milking parlor was built specifically for our goats with comfort on the animals in mind. We have rubber mats for them to stand on while being milked and we have toys for them to play with in the pasture. Because Goats just wanna have fun!
A2: All Goat Milk is A2. With that in mind not all goat milk is best suited for drinking. We have purchased our males to test for this gene specifically so that we will continue to produce animals that will produce the best milk for those who cannot drink cow’s milk.
Free Range: Yes
Anything else you can tell us about what you do specifically on your farm that makes you stand out or that you do differently?:
We are the only Certified Grass Fed Goat Dairy in WA offering fluid milk for the sole purpose of helping those who can’t tolerate traditional dairy products.. We are also certified by A Greener World as Animal Welfare Approved and 100% Grass Fed.