Our Farmers

Small Family Farms

The milk used to make our products comes from small farms in the Midwest. In fact, they largely come from small, Amish / Mennonite family farms where the average daily herd is 35 cows and where most of the work is still done by hand. Many of these farms—most of which are on about 90 tillable acres—have been in the same family for 150 years and have never been touched by chemical herbicides or pesticides. We are committed to helping small farmers make organic farming a viable lifestyle.

The Vernon A. Miller Farm

The James Swanz Farm

The James Swanz family raises sixty New Zealand Holstein-Friesien dairy cows on their farmstead just outside of Kalona, Iowa. James’ cows are grass-fed.   He rotates his cows every 2-3 days between his three paddocks to give them healthy and fresh forage and to keep the pastures in their best condition.

James specifically selects the New Zealand Holstein Friesian for his farm because they are slightly smaller and better suited for grass-fed processes.  When asked what “grass-fed” means to him, he explains it means feeding no grains–and only grasses–365 days a year.  In order to do this in Iowa, James pastures his cows in the spring and summer and gives them access to all the grass and clover they desire.  In the fall and winter, he feeds his cows high quality forage (hay, alfalfa, and grass) that he produces on his own farm.

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