For us, being a sustainable ranch and creamery is non-negotiable. We love where we live and work, and want to keep it looking as beautiful as when we got here.
It's a constant work in progress, but here are just a few of the ways we are trying to reduce our carbon footprint as a business, so we can feel better knowing our company is minimizing waste and reducing energy.
Using California Sunshine
We have a 50KW solar array on the farm that produces roughly 90 percent of the energy we use here.
Water, Our Most Precious Resource
We rely on spring water and rain catchment that is refreshed by the annual rain for our water source for our orchards and creamery. We also utilize the manure and waste from the goats to fertilize our orchards.
Happy, Well-Fed Piggies
The pigs are mostly a blend of a couple of heritage breeds: large black, old spot, red wattle, and berkshire. We keep 40-80 at a time, grow them over 12-18 months, and they have an 8 acre pen that they generally ignore the fence of and roam freely on the ranch. They take cover underneath an oak grove and have a small lean-to, but are in the outdoors 99% of the time.
They receive the spent whey from the creamery, the unsellable avocados, and a pelleted feed from our local feed mill. They also eat lots of acorns, roots, bugs, and whatever else they find.
When you order cheese from us online, you'll receive a box, ice packs and of course, your cheese shipment. Everything in our packaging is recyclable and made with recycled materials.