Fostering positive change in rural communities, family farming and the environment throughout the nation, Organic Valley Family of Farms, the nation’s largest cooperative of organic family farmers and one of the nation’s leading organic brands, donated more than $2.2 million in cash and food to charitable organizations last year, the cooperative reported today.
Giving back is good business. That’s why two leading organic food manufacturers, Nature’s Path Organic Foods, North America’s number one maker of organic cereal and Organic Valley, America’s largest cooperative of organic farmers, have joined with Organic Gardening magazine to support the Farmers Can Be Heroes program of the Rodale Institute, a leader in on-farm organic research and education.
From certified organic cows pastured in the fertile, verdant valleys of Vermont to kitchens and dining rooms nationwide, Organic Valley Family of Farms is now offering organic Vermont Cheddar Cheese, a premium cheese in celebration of its region’s distinct flavor.
Organic Valley is distinct in that it offers locally produced and labeled products in various regions throughout the United States, such as Organic Valley New England Pastures milk, which comes from 155 family farmer members in New England. Vermont Cheddar is another step toward fulfilling the cooperative’s regional mission.
Organic Valley, the nation’s largest and oldest cooperative of organic family farmers, has awarded a $40,000 grant to the Research Foundation at California State University, Chico through their Farmers Advocating for Organics grant program. The money will be used by CSU, Chico’s College of Agriculture organic dairy to help fund a two-year study focused on improving net profit by improving pasture management.
Passionate about organic food and excited about change for the better? Beginning Feb. 1, 2009, Organic Valley—a Wisconsin-based cooperative of more than 1,300 organic family farmers nationwide—will launch a national social media site in which individuals can share and celebrate their passions for healthy, sustainable food at www.OrganicRising.com.
Today, Organic Valley, the nation's largest and oldest cooperative of organic family farmers, announced that through their Farmer Renewables & Energy Program (FREP), three of their farmer-owners have received $95,171 in federal and state grants for on-farm renewable energy projects. These grants are a critical part of Organic Valley's ongoing effort to develop and nurture on-farm sustainability through renewable energy and energy efficiency programs for its member farmers.
Organic Valley, a farmer-owned cooperative of more than 1,300 organic family farmers, announced today that it has increased its presence in the southeast by adding a new southeast region farmer coordinator to meet the growing demand for local, organic milk in the region. Organic Valley milk products are the first locally produced, organic milk available in the southeast.
This holiday season, Organic Valley Family of Farms is holding "Celebrate Organic," a national recipe contest that calls on individuals to share their favorite holiday recipes featuring organic ingredients. On behalf of each participant, the farmer-owned cooperative will donate $1 to an environmental organization.
Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Organic Valley, a farmer-owned cooperative of organic family farmers, welcomed another milestone this year by adding its 1,000th dairy farmer member: W.R. Sherburne and Sons dairy in Dexter, Maine. This dairy joins 18 other Organic Valley dairies in Maine and more than 150 dairies in New England. Currently, 1,296 diverse, organic farmer members nationwide own Organic Valley Cooperative.
Spread the good news: Organic Valley Family of Farms' award winning butter is now whipped. Presented in convenient and recyclable 8 oz. tubs, the smooth Organic Valley Whipped Butter is available now in select organic and natural food grocers and will be distributed more broadly in the months ahead.
Sixteen years ago, Organic Valley became the first organization to sell certified organic butter nationwide. Since then, the cooperative of more than 1,200 organic farmers has won numerous national and international awards for the delicious butter made from the milk of their organic cows pasturing on family farmland nationwide.