This past weekend Katie from the Heavy Table visited our farm. She was trying to find out the answer to the questions: What is a dairy cooperative (coop) and is Organic Valley Family of Farms really local?
When Katie arrived we first gave her a pasture tour with the cows. The cows were most curious of us and kept coming up to say ‘hi.’ While out on the pasture we talked about why our family chose to become a part of the Organic Valley family and what it means to be a farmer owner.
Cooperatives by definition are businesses owned by its members. Each Organic Valley farmer owns stock in the cooperative. We receive voting rights. We vote who serves as our board of directors (farmers only). The board of directors makes major management decisions and hires the executive director. Since we are professional farmers and know how to grow crops and care for animals, we leave the cheese making, milk bottling and butter whipping to the expert staff at Organic Valley. We are fortunate to be a part of the Organic Valley family. We band together to make decisions that are best for our families, our animals, our land and your family.
Even though Organic Valley has over 1,600 farmers nation wide, our milk stays within a region. This way you know that the Organic Valley products you buy are from local farm families just like ours. To meet some of the other amazing farmers we call friends visit the Organic Valley website and learn Who is Your Farmer.
I encourage you to check out Organic Valley’s redesigned website. www.organicvalley.coop You can learn where to find products in your area, view recipes, learn how Organic Valley Family of Farms is different than other organic dairy companies, and of course learn about our products.
If you would like to learn more about our farm please feel free to contact us.
Zweber Farms is a 4th generation family operated organic dairy. We also specialize in sustainably raised beef, pork and chicken and sell it directly to customers in Minnesota.Visit our website to learn more, http://www.zweberfarms.com