Our Philosophy 

Since 1988, organic has been at the heart of our cooperative. We’re proud to say that we were the trailblazers, producing organic food even before organic had any sort of certification. During these early days our definition of organic agriculture was born–one we proudly embrace to this day:

A philosophy and system of production that mirrors the natural laws of living organisms with an emphasis on the interdependence of all life.

Working with nature, not against it. It’s a great philosophy, but we don’t stop there. Our cooperative and our farmers look for ways to go the extra mile and exceed expectations, whether through innovative products or new farming practices. At Organic Valley, our food is produced on small, organic family farms where families care for of the animals and the earth, while meeting or exceeding certified organic requirements as well as our cooperative’s own standards and practices. Everything we do is designed to respect the dignity and interdependence of human, animal, plant, soil, and global life – that’s what we believe is the definition of ethically sourced food that you can feel good about serving to your family.

Today there are over 900 employees and nearly 1,600 family farms working crazy hard at Organic Valley to bring you ethically sourced food grown in harmony with nature. Organic food that makes a difference.

To us, ethically sourced is guided by:

Striving for Truth – You can see this in how our cooperative sets, maintains, and upholds high standards and practices both for on the farm and in how we do business.

Accountability - our cooperative members care about maintaining honesty and integrity throughout our business, which means making sure we do what we say, and say what we mean. As a cooperative we work together to hold ourselves accountable to our standards through member committees, audits, and more.

Principles of Fairness – As a farmer-owned cooperative, we are bound to the concept of “one member-one vote” which serves to give voice to all of our membership for the good of the whole.

Character – we like to say that we do what we say we will - even when no one is watching! We believe in continual improvement, and that means striving to go above and beyond what is expected of us. We believe the integrity of our cooperative can be seen through our actions, which serve to reinforce the trust we have earned with our members, employees, and the public.

Welcome to Organic Valley. We’re glad you found us. Now that you’ve heard what matters to us, we’d love for you to join our social communities and share what matters to you! If you’d like to learn more about what we do and how we do it, find great content on our blog.

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