Organic Pioneers Farming in Harmony with Nature
Organic Valley, the farmer-owned cooperative with +1600 Farm Families in 23 states, has been around since long before there was a government-sanctified definition of organic. We think of organic in terms of interdependence—between customers, farmers, employees, communities, animals, and the earth. We consider all of these relationships when we produce our certified organic milk, cheese, butter, yogurt, eggs, juice, soy, and produce.
When we started up in 1988, we knew that if we produced foods that were organically healthy and delicious, people would buy them. Well, it went far beyond that. Our foods began winning awards. Fans of our milk and cheese wanted more, and suggested lots of additional products. They loved the fact that we were producing such delicious foods without the use of antibiotics, synthetic hormones, or pesticides.
Lots of farmers liked us, too. They saw our mission – saving family farms – and our cooperative business model as a real opportunity for a healthy future on their farms. Family farms from across the country joined our co-op, so we created a regional model that today lets people buy milk from farms close to home, wherever they live.
The process of getting the products from the farms togrocery stores is managed by a dedicated team of employees. They support our mission and are delighted to know how much people enjoy Organic Valley’s delicious foods.
And, of course, we always try to do what’s best for our animals. That’s why they give us such lovely milk and eggs. We require 100% organic feed, outdoor access, pasture, and comfy living quarters for all of our livestock.
From farm plans to products to transportation and our work environment – we’re always looking for ways to improve so we can give our very best to our customers, our communities, our animals, and each other. We work from the ground up to produce the finest organic foods that taste real, because they are!
Visit the Organic Valley web site to meet a few of the member families farming in your region. Then raise a glass of organic milk and toast the region's farming heritage, for today and for generations to come!