Green Valley Organics (Redwood Hill Farm/Emmi Roth)

Farm/Brand HeadquartersSebastopol, CA
ProductsYogurt, sour cream, lactose free
Market AreaNationwide
Total Score1217

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).

TOTAL (possible score is 1600 plus extra credit)1217
4-Cow Rating | Excellent
Ownership structure70Corporate/Investor-owned with deep local ties
Milk Supply75Own patrons from small local family farms with some cream purchased on the open market.
Organic Production70Brand markets organic and conventional products
Disclosure of Information for Verification65Decent disclosure
Organic Certification87Products are certified by Quality Certification Services (QCS). Supplier farms are certified by California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) and Marin Organic Certified Agriculture (MOCA)
Other Labels/Standards60Certified Humane (HFAC) (this is a requirement of all Green Valley Organics suppliers)
Grass-fed45Sometimes markets “pasture raised” and exceeds minimum requirements
Soy Free Ration?No
Pasture70Good pasture compliance
Times Milked90Two times a day (standard protocol on legitimate organic dairies)
Cull/death Rate80Cull rate remains under 15% annually
Replacements90Majority of supplier farms have closed herds
Calves75Removed shortly after birth (standard practice)
Antibiotic Use100No antibiotic use
Hormone Usage50Therapeutic hormones may occasionally be used during reproduction (oxytocin).
Farm Support90Brand representatives visit farms at least twice a year.
Procurement of Ingredients100No outside ingredients used
Extra Credit0None