Jennifer Lynn Bice, owner of Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery, received the Leadership in Agriculture award at Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce’s 42nd Annual Agri-Business BBQ at Shone Farm on July 29. The Agri-Business BBQ is an outdoor tradeshow and barbecue which brings people in business and agriculture together. That evening, guests also came together to recognize Jennifer for her service to the dairy goat industry.
In 1978, Jennifer Lynn Bice assumed ownership of Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery, Inc., the family farm and grade A goat dairy her parents started in Sonoma County in 1968. Along with her late husband, Steven Schack, Jennifer expanded the business to produce a greater variety of goat milk products and diversified the dairy goat-breeding program.
Redwood Hill Farm is owned and operated by Jennifer along with 57 dedicated employees. Promoting the benefits of goat milk products and developing a genetics program of excellence remain her top priorities, and this commitment has positioned Redwood Hill Farm at the forefront of the dairy goat industry.
Like all company owners, Jennifer is mindful of the bottom line, but for her it is a “triple bottom line” – planet, people, profits – with an added “P” for pledge. The Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery Pledge is a statement of the family’s commitment to producing delicious dairy products of the highest quality, providing a sustainable environment, and implementing practices for the benefit of the animals, the land and people.
Quality and sustainability have remained Jennifer’s guiding principles throughout the years. The most recent example is a 2,548 panel solar energy system encompassing nearly two acres of roof space on the creamery. The goat dairy is 100 percent solar powered. Redwood Hill Farm also holds the distinction of being the first goat dairy in the United States to be Certified Humane by Humane Farm Animal Care, which is considered the gold standard in third-party certification for humane animal treatment. From artisan cheeses consistently awarded in national competitions, to superior goat milk, yogurt and kefir, to a dairy goat breeding program that has brought her national acclaim, Jennifer remains true to her vision of providing a satisfying and sustainable lifestyle for the farm, the goats and all of her employees.
Her goats are consistent award winners at shows throughout the country, and Jennifer was named Premier Breeder by the American Dairy Goat Association (ADGA) at its 2012 National Show. She has served as a dairy goat judge throughout the United States and Canada for more than 31 years. She also holds the distinct honor of being selected to judge the ADGA National Show seven times. Jennifer is chair of the Judge’s Training Committee and serves on various ADGA committees such as Linear Appraisal, Products and Annual Meeting. She is a past board member of the American Cheese Society (ACS) and was inducted into the ACS Academy of Cheese in 2011 as one of the 8 pioneers of artisan goat cheese in the U.S.