Our farmers own the company. Not the other way around.
(That’s why they’re on the packaging!)
We’re a cooperative of more than 2,000 small family farms.
Organic Valley isn’t a giant corporation. We’re a cooperative of farmers across the country who share the same commitment to growing food the right way. We’re not driven by profits; we’re driven by principles.
We started in 1988 as just seven farmers.
Our founders had the crazy idea that food could be raised the right way, and farmers should be treated fairly. It’s an idea as radical today as it was back then.
We used to be a bunch of idealists. And we still are today.
We believe in the idea that, if consumers demand high-quality organic food, grown the right way, we could all change the way we treat our land, our animals and our bodies.
Now, our 2,000 members own and run the company.
Since 1960, big corporations have taken over more than 600,000 family-owned farms. And when shareholders of those big companies demand higher profits every year, farmers get squeezed to produce more for less pay. But at Organic Valley, it’s our company, so every farmer earns a fair living.
Our CEO drives a hybrid car. And sometimes there’s straw strapped to the roof.
It’s not even one of those fancy hybrid cars either. But what else would you expect from a company who made a farmer their CEO?
We’re proudly independent. And we’ll never sell.
We’re a bunch of farmers. So, of course we take the long view. We never take short cuts for short-term profits. We’ve always done things our way. And we always will.