Green Valley Organics (Redwood Hill Farm/Emmi Roth)

Rating
Farm/Brand HeadquartersSebastopol, CA
ProductsYogurt, sour cream, lactose free
Websitegreenvalleylactosefree.com
Market AreaNationwide
Total Score1257

They write: “Green Valley Organics lactose-free yogurts, kefirs, sour cream, cream cheese and butter were created so people with lactose intolerance can bring real dairy back into their lives, enjoying its health benefits and great taste without digestive troubles. Created by Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery, a 45-year-old company with a strong commitment to digestive health, which is operated by Founder Jennifer Bice to this day, Green Valley Organics is a brand consumers can trust.

Made at a solar-powered creamery with organic milk that carries the Certified Humane Raised and Handled label, Green Valley Organics is dedicated to protecting the environment and strengthening its community. We support Sonoma County workers and local non-profit organizations, small-scale dairy farmers, and the dietary needs of consumers.”

As of early 2017, Emmi Roth owns Redwood Hill Farm (and therefore, the Green Valley Organics brand).

CriteriaRatingComment
TOTAL (possible score is 1600)1257
4-Cow Rating | Excellent
Farmstead dairies who live on-site (or work their own dairy daily) receive top points for this category. No transparency and/or no answer receive no points.
Ownership structure
80Family-operated business with cooperative milk supply and close ties/partnership with farmers.
Farmstead dairies and well-managed cooperatives with only their own patrons get top points in this category. Fewer points go to brands that have less control over their milk supply.
Milk Supply
75Own patrons from small local family farms with some cream purchased on the open market.
Brands that do not also market any conventional products receive top points in this category. Brands that are less dedicated to organics receive fewer points.
Organic Production
100Brand only markets organic
The best transparency toward Cornucopia investigators is rewarded by full points.
Disclosure of Information for Verification
65Decent disclosure
If a top-rated organic certifier certifies this brand they receive full points. Certifiers with questionable practices receive fewer points.
Organic Certification
87Products are certified by Quality Certification Services (QCS). Supplier farms are certified by California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) and Marin Organic Certified Agriculture (MOCA)
If this brand has other third-party labels, particularly animal-welfare labels, that will provide them extra points in this category depending on the particular label and its standards.
Other Labels/Standards
60Certified Humane (HFAC) (this is a requirement of all Green Valley Organics suppliers)
100% Grass-fed with independent verification or independent standards to ensure compliance will receive full points in this category. Other points are attributed to how much forage composes the dairy cows’ diets.
Grass-fed
45Sometimes markets “pasture raised” and exceeds minimum requirements
No point value – this information is offered for buyers interested in milk from cows without soy in their diets.
Soy Free Ration?
No
Rating based on (a) policies of brand, (b) enforcement/oversight (c) acreage available per cow, (d) average days on pasture (e) investigative actions.
Pasture
70Good pasture compliance
Where cows are milked one to two times per day they receive top points. It's standard organic protocol to milk two times a day. Dairies that milk three-to-four times a day is one indicator of factory-organics.
Times Milked
90Two times a day (standard protocol on legitimate organic dairies)
A cull and/or death rate under 10% annually receives full points.
Cull/death Rate
80Cull rate remains under 15% annually
Closed herd (meaning the brand raises all their replacement cattle) receives full points. If conventional animals are purchased, the brand receives fewer points.
Replacements
90Majority of supplier farms have closed herds
If this brand has a unique way of managing calves they receive more points. If they remove the calf shortly after birth (the standard practice) they receive 70 points.
Calves
75Removed shortly after birth (standard practice)
When the brand prohibits all antibiotic use they receive full points. No answer receives no points.
Antibiotic Use
100No antibiotic use
When no hormones are used on farm(s) this brand receives full points. When the brand uses hormones therapeutically post-birth the brand receives 50 points.
Hormone Usage
50Therapeutic hormones may occasionally be used during reproduction (oxytocin).
Farmstead dairies (lives on site) get full points and cooperative/corporations that set standards and have staff that visit the supplying dairies also receive top points. No direct supervision and/or personal relationship with farm(s) gets low or no points.
Farm Support
90Brand representatives visit farms at least twice a year.
Full control of any added ingredients (100% come from within organization) receives top points. Dairy ingredients purchased from a number of different vendors (with less direct control) receives fewer points in this category.
Procurement of Ingredients
100No outside ingredients used
Several questions were asked in addition to the original survey questions that would ultimately give producers “extra credit” points. Look for details in individual brand explanations.
Extra Credit
0None

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