OUR ALEXANDRE STORY
We started dairying in 1988 in southern California where Stephanie grew up, but Blake knew he wanted to get back to his beloved pastures in northern California. When the opportunity arose in 1992 to buy an existing operation in Del Norte County, just two hours north of the Alexandre home farm in Ferndale, we seized it. We converted our dairy to organics in the late 90’s; taking our love of farming back to its roots to a hundred years ago. When it comes to grazing cows, we are not new to it. We are 5th generation grass farmers on our grazing dairy in Humboldt County. Knowing that organic production was the way of our grandfathers, this was a new/old way to farm.
Today, we operate four grass-based organic dairies with crossbred milk cows on irrigated pastures, also grow a majority of our own hay on organic cropland in Modoc County.
With five kids growing up across the street from the dairy learning to drive tractors at age six, they quickly learned the way of the land. With acres of pastures for their playground, all of the kids grew up involved in day-to-day activities on the farm – each with different, bright passions for agriculture. We treasure the opportunity for our kids to help run the farms alongside us in the future.
We care about our kids, cows, critters, the community, the land, the water, and you, our customers.
OUR CORE VALUES
FAITH IN GOD
WORKING WITH NATURE
“CAN DO” ATTITUDES
“DOING THE MATH”
We at Alexandre Family EcoDairy Farms are sharing the heart-filled passion of character, hard work, and wholesomeness that has been at the heart of Alexandre Family EcoDairy Farms since 1988 and will continue to be for generations to come.
We believe our God-given talents are to be stewards of the land. We dedicate ourselves to operating a profitable sustaining business by our commitment to holistic farming practices, lush green pastures, animal welfare, and environmental stewardship resulting in nutrient dense milk, meat, and eggs.
WHAT IS A2/A2?
A2/A2 beta-casein is the primary protein in Human Milk. It’s Natural to the body and easily absorbed. Historically, cows only produce milk with this casein protein.
Over time, breeding and mass dairy production diminished the homogeneity of A2/A2 DNA. Cows today produce a combination of A1 and A2 proteins. This has created a type of milk that is relatively new to the human body and may be more difficult to digest.
WHAT ARE THE BREED OF YOUR COWS?
Crossbreed of New Zealand Kiwi Cross, German Fleckvieh, New Zealand Ayrshire, Dutch Holstein, and Danish Jersey. Our cows are a mixture of breeds from across the world, brought together to utilize strengths from each breed. Our intent is to use their natural ability to roam our pastures, by being short and wide animals with strong feet and legs, making them better grazers and walkers, turning pasture into nutrient dense milk products.
WHY ARE THE EGGS UNIQUE SIZES AND COLORS?
The shades of brown in our eggs is directly related to the uncontrolled environment that our hens have outdoors. The variation in colors, light shelled eggs mean that chicken was exposed to more Vitamin D outdoors, darker shelled eggs means that chicken wasn’t out grazing as much. There is also a correlation with the age of the bird and the darkness of the shell. The variation in sizes means that we do not limit feed our hens.
The strength of the shell comes from the oyster shell that we feed to the chickens as an added calcium source. The dark yolk color comes from our Green Grass and that nutritional goodness in it. We do not feed any type of supplement that would enhance that color, rather the chicken eats the good nutrients from the pasture. The firm white membrane means that these eggs are fresh, right from our farm.