You'll say "Yum!" to the delicious taste of Organic Valley Soy. Our American-grown, Identity Preserved organic soybeans and whole-bean process give you the most delicious and nutritious soy available. Organic. It’s all we do!
All our soybeans are grown in America’s soybean belt. We have carefully selected soybean varieties ideal for soy beverages. Nature has provided us with perfect soybeans and we see no need to isolate, concentrate or re-engineer them. We test our identity-preserved organic soybeans to be free of genetic engineering before the crop is planted. We know that non-genetically modified soybeans make OV Soy superior—another product we are honored to produce in harmony with nature.
After 14 long months apart, Todd Banes, his wife, Kim, and their three children, Mitch, Shelbie, and Trent are together again on their family farm in Elberon, Iowa. Kim, who is in the National Guard, was suddenly called to serve in Iraq, and Todd was left to care for their farm and kids, while also working at his factory job. Todd started farming in 1981 and today he runs an 88-acre organic farm, which was previously owned by his grandparents. His farm became certified organic in 2002. One of the main reasons he went organic was to use fewer chemicals. Among his concerns was that pesticides would pollute the well that supplies water to his family's home. "I'm not an environmentalist, but I don't like contaminating the ground with all of those chemicals. This is my third year without using them, and I've noticed how much easier the ground works up. I'm really starting to see the benefits."
Duane Parizek’s land in Tama County, Iowa, rolls gently, just enough to make it interesting but not so steep to pose a challenge to the tractor. Duane admits that when they first thought about transitioning to organic, he and his two sons, Duane Jr. and Delbert, were skeptical, but they took the leap and became certified organic in 2008. They changed the variety of soybeans they grew from a kind that yielded fairly well as long as it could be sprayed with chemicals, to the organic Clear Hilum variety that is hardy and disease resistant. Duane expected their yields to drop dramatically, but happily, they didn’t. Delbert Parizek works the farm with Duane these days, while Duane Jr. is stationed in Afghanistan. The Parizeks are hopeful that he’ll finish his tour of duty and be home soon.
Allen Kerslake is proud of his tidy fields, with hardly a weed in sight. They show the hard work he and his son Mark have invested in their Lisbon, Iowa farm. After 41 years of conventional farming, Allen was ready for a change. He saw other farms grow larger and larger, using synthetic additives to push production and eke out a living. But to Allen, large-scale farming didn't feel right: "I didn't want to become a slave to my farm." So he and Mark switched to organic in 1999. It took a while to learn organic practices, but now they have it down. "It's very satisfying to know I'm producing an excellent product that's wholesome and good for people. And, I'm not messing with the environment."
Wayne Wangsness was only 3 when he first saw his family's picturesque farm, but the sight sparked a love affair with the land. It is this land that produced a major highlight of Wayne's 40-plus year farming career: a soybean. Several years ago, Wayne helped form a co-op of farmers who grow organic soybeans bred specifically for Organic Valley Soy. The beans represent Wayne's hard work and symbolize his farming philosophy: Grow something special and join with other farmers to market and sell it.
Today, Wayne has his son Ryan and his family farming with him. "I enjoy watching him grow as a farmer,” says Wayne. “I think it is every father's dream to have his son follow in his footsteps."
The Bakken family farmed conventionally for decades before converting to organic in 1996. The fourth generation to farm his land, Gary Bakken takes great pride in eschewing chemicals and "taking it back to the ways that his great grandfather operated." Today, Gary and his family pasture cattle and produce corn, oats and hay on their Northeast Iowa farm. Much of 350 acre farm consists of rolling hills, so they use contour strips to help reduce erosion. As the seasons change, the strips change color and become a beautiful array of colors.