Celebrating 50 years of goats and more at Redwood Hill Farm
The first milking parlor and bottling room opened in 1968 at Redwood Hill Farm - Capracopia, which this year looks back on five decades dedicated to sustainable, diverse, and humane farming practices in Sebastopol, in western Sonoma County.
Kenneth and Cynthia Bice moved their 10 children from Los Angeles to Sonoma County to go “back to the land” in 1963. In 1966 their children started raising and showing goats through 4H, resulting in an excess of fresh goat milk. In 1968 the Bices added the milking parlor and bottling room, and began selling raw goat milk to local health food stores. Oldest daughter Jennifer Bice and husband Steven Schack took over the dairy in 1978, which gradually evolved to selling goat milk products nationwide. Swiss dairy maker Emmi bought the creamery in 2015, and the Bice family focused on its original farm.
Today this small organic family farm is a model of land stewardship and animal care. In addition to its 300 milking goats, the farm includes an olive orchard, hop yard, fruit orchards, beehives, chicken laying flock, and vegetable gardens. Solar panels provide 100 percent of the electricity for the farm and two onsite homes, and a rainwater catchment system stores up to 100,000 gallons of winter rainwater, providing year-round water for the farm.
For this 50th anniversary year, farm tours are offered on selected Saturdays, from April 7 to June 10.