Sustainable Farming

Sustainable FarmingSustainable farming is one of the core values of Humboldt Creamery for very simple reasons: it helps the environment, it produces quality organic dairy, and it keeps our local farmers doing what they do best. Sustainable farming practices have a long history in Humboldt County, stretching as far back as the 1800s, when dairy farming took root and early farmers realized the rich milk produced by their cows was no coincidence. With a combination of innovation and attention to detail, they realized that the combination of nutrient-rich soil, deep-rooted grass, and unique climate produced the perfect conditions for raising happy cows, and the legendary “Cream City” was born.

Sustainable Farming Practices for Happy Cows

Ferndale, where the Humboldt Creamery plant is located, has been known as the dairy heart of Northern California for over a century for just this reason. Not only has it been producing flavorful organic dairy for decades, it’s also the home of inventions like the first refrigerated dairy truck. We wouldn’t be able to accomplish this kind of bovine magic without sustainable farming. As part of our routine practice, we work with a conglomerate of local organic dairy farmers who really know their stuff. This allows them to do what they do best: take great care of their animals and provide them plenty of space to roam and graze. We monitor our pastures closely and allow them to remain untilled, only adding organic-approved fertilizers to the soil when absolutely necessary. We take stewardship of the land very seriously, and we think our cows would thank us for it if they could.

Care and respect for our animals are the secret ingredients to Humboldt’s unbeatable milk, and that means maintaining the hands-on sustainable farming traditions that have served our dairy well for more than 85 years. Our deep respect for our animals means they’re pasture-raised and not treated with the artificial growth hormone rBST* or with any antibiotics. See for yourself what a difference that can make to the flavor and quality of your milk!

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* No significant difference has been shown between milk from rBST-treated and non rBST-treated cows.