Humboldt Creamery (Foster Farms Dairy)

Farm/Brand HeadquartersFortuna, CA
ProductsCream, fluid milk
Market AreaNationwide
Total Score1280

They say: “Humboldt Creamery was founded in 1929 in Humboldt County, CA. Humboldt county provides an exceptional home for dairy cows because the temperate climate and frequent fog keep pastures lush and green year-round. The temperature varies only about 12 degrees from winter to summer, which means our cows are comfortable in their thick coats all year long. And since we’re right along the coast, the fresh ocean breezes create some of the finest air quality around. Repeated flooding from the rivers in the area and run-off from the coastal mountains deposit minerals, mulch, clay, and silt into the soil, creating the ideal environment for growing grasses. Our farmers support this rich, fertile soil through careful pasture management, working with the biology of the soil and adding organic compost to replace nutrients that are taken out. Our smaller-than-average herd sizes also give our cows lots of room to roam on pasture.”

TOTAL (possible score is 1600 plus extra credit) 1280
4-Cow Rating | Excellent
Ownership structure80Family-owned business/corporation
Milk Supply75Own patrons from large to mid-sized local farms, no mixed operations
Organic Production75Brand markets both conventional and organic, but maintains split operations
Disclosure of Information for Verification90Excellent disclosure for this sized business
Organic Certification90CCOF, Organic Certifiers, &Global Culture all certify this brand
Other Labels/Standards0None
Grass-fed40Meets minimum USDA percent intake requirements
Soy Free Ration?No
Pasture50Fair pasture compliance
Times Milked90Two times a day (standard protocol on legitimate organic dairies)
Cull/death Rate50Moderate cull/death rate
Replacements50Conventional cattle may be rotated into organic dairy herds
Calves75Removed shortly after birth (standard practice)
Antibiotic Use100No antibiotic use
Hormone Usage100No hormones used
Farm Support90Representatives visit farm regularly
Procurement of Ingredients100No outside ingredients used
Extra Credit125Submitted detailed contact information for suppliers and provided information about where they source their grain (from the open market).