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.
Ryan, a 5th generation dairy farmer, is the son of a Dutch immigrant and has a long history of farming in his background. He is a Washington State University graduate who holds a degree in Public Relations and a minor in Marketing. He spent 15 years in the dairy feed sales and nutrition business in the states of California and Washington before starting his own dairy. Ryan and his wife Haylee, along with their 4 sons: Luke (9), Noah (8), Jacob (5), and Titus (2) have owned and operated Providence Farms since 2012. Providence Farms is now a 300 cow organic dairy farm nestled in the foothills of Mount Rainier in Washington State. The bulk of the herd are Jersey cows with some Holstein and Normandy cattle mixed in. The Mensonides family started on a rented farm that they then purchased in the summer of 2017. Providence Farms has been a member of Organic Valley since conception in 2012. We focus heavily on pasture and milk quality and are passionate about education and promoting the value of dairy to our community.
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.
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.
Upon graduating from California State University, Chico in 2006, Darby became manager of the newly transitioning organic dairy at the Chico State University Farm. The Chico State Organic Dairy milks 85 cross bred cows and uses a seasonal calving, grass based system. Darby, 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.
Crescent City, CA
Alexandre Family EcoDairy Farms, Humboldt County and Del Norte County, CA. We have a pasture based program and were pasture based before we started shipping organic milk. We have permanent pastures and over seed every year.
Even with our wet climate of 60-80 inches of rain a year, we are able to graze 9 months out of the year. Our cows are all crossbred, consisting of mostly New Zealand genetics with also Holstein and Jerseys. We have been crossbreeding for about 14 years now. My entire family is involved in the dairy. I am in charge of the outside field work including cow and heifer grazing rotation and all field work.
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.
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.
Richard joined WODPA as its first Executive Director on May 15, 2013. He has nearly 34 years of experience serving American Agriculture through various USDA positions and programs. He was the lead regulation writer responsible for the second proposed rule and final rule establishing the National Organic Standards. Shortly after publication of the organic final rule, Richard was promoted to the Program Manager/Associate Deputy Administrator of the National Organic Program. He also researched and wrote pasture and other livestock provisions providing clarity and specificity to the NOP livestock standards.