“The Soil Enthusiast” / 4th Generation
Blake Alexandre grew up on a small dairy in the beautiful valley of Ferndale, California. From a young age, Blake worked on the dairy with his father Joseph Alexandre where he first learned how to raise calves before anything else on the farm. A committed and passionate 4-H and FFA member, Blake served as a State FFA Officer in 1980-1981 before heading off to Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo to study dairy science.
While at Cal Poly, Blake was on the Dairy Judging Team, where he was awarded the National High Individual Dairy Judging Award at the World Dairy Expo. He was also a large part of the “Project Dairy” at Cal Poly, where he found a way to not only pay his way through school, but graduate with a profit. Blake sold his prize cow to buy an engagement ring for his future wife, Stephanie, and four years later, they bought their first dairy in Crescent City.
Blake is often found with his hands deep in the soil. He recognizes that knowing how and when to correctly manage soil is ultimately what makes a successful grass farmer. As soil gains nutrition, organic matter, so will the grass, the cows, the milk, and the consumer.
An active member in his community, Blake was a member of the California Agricultural Leadership Program Class 22, Del Norte County Fair Board, North Coast Regional Land Trust Board, and California State Farm Bureau board. He currently sits on the California Organic Products Advisory Committee, Del Norte County Resource Conservation District, and the Farm Bureau Board.
“The Nutrient Dense Foodie Mama” / 4th Generation
Stephanie (Moons) Alexandre grew up in the dairy farming valley of Chino, California. As soon as she could walk, she was out with the calves and cows, helping her parents, Jack and Bea Moons, on the farm. Bea loved the dairy and was the first woman Chair of the California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB). Stephanie quickly learned how to drive equipment on the dairy, and grew to love showing dairy cattle in 4-H. She was also an impressive athlete on the volleyball court!
Stephanie earned her BS in agriculture business at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. She met Blake in college and got married soon thereafter, fulfilling her wish as a child that she would marry a dairy farmer. Most days she can be found at her desk as the Alexandre controller, head of marketing efforts and countless other varied projects.
Stephanie served the community by being on the California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) Board, and a current Del Norte County 4-H Club Leader, a passionate voice about local education and as a nutrient-dense food enthusiast. Stephanie’s Bucket Calf program, which she started in 1995, is a community highlight that provides local children a unique, fun way to learn about agricultural life through hands-on experience working and walking with their ‘own’ calf for 6 weeks, and then showing their calf at the county fair.
She’s frequently in the kitchen toying with recipes that put her knowledge surrounding the importance of good nutrition to work.