Ward dairies in Merced County with his wife Rosie, daughter Christina and her husband Brian Bylsma and son Zeb and his wife Meridith Burroughs. Ward is on the board for his third time, previously serving as second vice president from 2007-2010. He is a 1974 graduate in Farm Management from Cal Poly, SLO. California Cloverleaf Dairy and Full Circle Dairy ship their milk to Organic West.
Santa Rosa, California
Beretta Dairy is located in Santa Rosa, CA. They milk about 300 Holstein and Jersey cows. We have about 400 acres total, 150 are designated for the endangered flowers so we are unable to irrigate those, but are able to irrigate 250 acres for pasture. We are able to make silage our self and also are able to cut hay on some of our ground for a 2nd and 3rd cutting. We are able to irrigate the pastures in the summer which allows grazing through the summer where many dairies around the area are not able to because they are dependent on rainfall. The dairy has been in operation for 55 years and ship their milk to Clover Sonoma.
Who do you farm with? My father
How many acres to you farm? 500
What do you grow? Pasture and corn silage
How many cows and heifers do you have? 650
What breed of animals do you have? Jerseys
How long have you been an organic dairy farmer? The farm has been organic since 2006
Who do you sell your milk to? Rumiano Cheese
Why do you like being an organic dairy farmer?
Watching cows graze on fresh pasture is my favorite thing about our organic dairy
One interesting fact about you or your farm? We converted an old milking facility into a wedding venue. Mom gets the barn April-November and the heifers get the barn from December to May (after a lot of power washing!).
Tony and his wife Sunny, dairy in Lewis County, in Chehalis, Washington with their son Lonny and his wife Michelle, who are partners in the family business. Lonny is a graduate of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Lonny and Michelle plan to carry on the family dairying tradition. They milk about 250 Holstein cows and run about 250 head of young stock. Tony and Lonny focus heavily on milk quality and have had many years of success. They started shipping to Horizon Organic in 2006. Tony has served on several Boards throughout the years including Farm Credit Board of Directors, Dairgold Board of Directors, and has more than 30 years of service with the USDA Soil Conservation Board. Tony was nominated as Treasurer of WODPA in the Fall of 2013. Tony and Sunny have two sons and one daughter. Wendy, their daughter attended Cal Poly San Lois Obispo, then received her Masters from the University of Florida. She now lives in Illinois and is a counselor at Freeport Community College. Tony and Sunny's youngest son, Monty is a graduate of Virginia Tech where he studied Agriculture Economics, he is now in upper management within Darigold.
After graduating from California State University, Chico in 2006 she became the manager of the newly certified Organic Dairy unit at the University Farm. Darby is in charge of day-to-day management of the unit as well as the teaching and training of the Dairy Management Team, which consists of 10 to 12 student employees. Darby and her husband Travis and daughter Hadlee live in Chico, CA.
Twin Falls, Idaho
Sean and his wife Staci own Harmony Organic Dairy in Twin Falls, Idaho. They have been certified organic since 2007 and producing organic milk since January 2008. Harmony is a grazing dairy utilizing Management Intensive Grazing (MIG) practices on diverse pastures. Like the pastures, the cowherd is filled with diverse breeds suitable for the grazing . In his free time, Sean enjoys spending time with his children - Spencer, Sawyer and Savannah - out in Nature. Sean's Motto: "Treat the Earth Well...It was not given to us by our Grandparents, but lent to us by our children."
Andrew and his family operate their farm in Northwest Washington.The Dykstra's have been farming their land organically since 1989. Their farm includes vegetables, seed crops, and dairy. The Dykstra's dairy operation began in 2004.
The Wesen's farm in Bow, Washington. They are located in the northwest corner of the state and are only about an hour from Canada. Dean is in partnership with his three brothers as well as his parents. They farm around 1200 acres for feed for our 800 mostly Holstein herd. The Wesen's are able to grow around 300 acres of corn silage and the rest is in grass for pasture and silage. The Wesen's started selling Organic milk to Organic Valley in 2008. Dean really likes seeing the cows out on pasture again, and so do hundreds of passerby’s every summer who stop to take pictures. The Wesen's belong to a meat coop and Dean is President of the local conservation district in Skagit county. Dean was also in the army reserve for 28 years and recently retired as an LTC.
Richard and Marilyn Hughes have been in the dairy business for over 50 years. Richard started shipping organic milk in 2006 to Straus Family Creamery and has been shipping to Straus Family Creamery ever since. He milk’s year round on a total of 182 acres with 72 acres designated for the lactating cows; the rest is for heifers and silage. He is able to double crop silage ground during the good rainfall years. I am able to get 3 crops of hay and then graze the heifers on it to clean up the residue. My pastures are designed small fields where I rotationally graze with about a 14-16 day rotation. I use manure water and dam water to irrigate. I use big guns. The best is when
I am able to mix the manure water with the fresh water. He generally able to irrigate almost all summer depending on rainfall and availability of water. I try to grow as much on farm feed as possible.
Crescent City, CA
Vanessa Alexandre farms with her siblings on the Alexandre Family Farm in Del Norte and Humboldt counties in Northern California. Their organic pasture based dairies are spread between four milking facilities, milking 3500 total organic milk cows. The family ships their milk to Humboldt Creamery, Rumiano Cheese, and to their own AFF milk brand. Their cattle breeds are a cross between the New Zealand Kiwi Cross, New Zealand Ayrshire, Dutch Holstein, Danish Jersey and German Fleckvieh. Vanessa graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a BS in agriculture business and a minor in dairy science in 2015. Leaving for five months to study pastured dairy farms in New Zealand, Vanessa solidified her love for cows and lush pasture.
Pursuing her passions, Vanessa is currently working at the farm overseeing the calves and transition heifer areas, and as well as the farm marketing. Vanessa represents the family and business on the Del Norte County Rural Human Services Board, 41st District Fair Board, and also utilizing her love for youth and service as the Del Norte County 4-H executive team leader and citizenship leader.
Dr. Daley has been involved with WODPA since it's inception in 2006, working together with Ward Burroughs and Tony Azevedo to create it's 501(C) 5 status with WODPA's first set of articles of incorporation and bylaws. Dr. Daley also created the Organic Dairy Program at California State University, Chico in 2007 together with Darby Heffner, the Herd Manager, and the Dairy Management Team. Cindy continues to supervise the unit and has developed an applied research and education program to support the organic dairy industry.