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WHAT IS A2/A2?

A2/A2 describes a type of protein found in milk that is different than most of the milk on the grocery store shelves. The beta-casein protein in milk can be one of 2 types: A1 or A2.  Unfortunately, A1 protein, foreign to the human body, can be difficult for humans to digest.  

A2 protein, on the other hand, has a shape more similar to breast milk – as well as sheep and goats milk. This difference in structure may make it easier to digest and minimizes food reactivity symptoms like bloating, gas, indigestion and skin irritation.  

A2/A2 milk is milk that most humans find easy on the tummy and their overall systems.  This kind of milk only comes from cows that have been specifically cross-bred to have genes that only produce A2/A2 milk.

Alexandre cows only produce 100% A2/A2 milk.  Blake and Stephanie Alexandre have been cross breeding cows for A2 genetics for almost 2 decades and are leading experts on A2 dairy.

WHAT IS REGENERATIVE ORGANIC?

Conscious and Organic  – Alexandre Family Farm is a Regenerative Organic farm that has been certified for its humane animal practices, and is recognized for its progressive no-till farming and exemplary grazing practices that help to reduce atmospheric carbon.  Regenerative dairy includes milk and milk products that come from cows feasting on pastures that are nurtured to ensure high nutrient density year after year. The soil is quite literally continuously regenerated through grazing, composting and no-till farming.  From the ground up, regenerative farming moves carbon out of the atmosphere and back into the Earth’s soil by improving soil health, which grows the green plants that use (sequester) the carbon dioxide.  The cycle of green grass grown and grazed is what helps reduce the atmospheric carbon load and helps reverse climate change. Soil, pasture and animals are cared for with the long term impact on the Earth in mind.

What do you mean by Grass 365?

Our farm, on the northern California coast, has green grass year round – allowing the cows to absorb all the dense nutrients from more than 40 types of organic plants!  Our cows graze outside most of the year, only coming into the barn during the heavy rainy season to avoid damage to them and the pastures.

HOW DOES THE GRASS AFFECT THE MILK?

High protein and healthy fats – The milk from happy grass-grazers is rich in protein and full of Omega 3s for attaining a good Omega balance, and CLA (conjugated linoleic acid – the fatty acids linked to effectiveness in supporting healthy lifestyles).

WHAT IS THE BENEFIT OF 6% MILKFAT?

6% milkfat (vs. 3.5%) – Alexandre Family Farm Whole milk contains 6% butterfat (or milkfat). This is 70% creamier, and more nutrient dense, than regular whole milk (which is 3.5% milkfat).  The density can help satisfy your (and your kids!) craving for snacking between meals.  A glass of Alexandre Family Farm milk is 14% solids.

What is Homogenized?

Most milk also undergoes a process known as homogenization which breaks up the fat globules in the milk to keep the fat emulsified in the milk. This process is not done for any nutritional reason but purely to keep the fat suspended in the milk for a smoother mouthfeel and to avoid the consumer having to shake the milk before drinking. 

We do not homogenize the milk so that the healthy butterfat is not broken down, and do not need to use any emulsifiers or stabilizers.  The result is clean, natural, cream-on-top healthy milk!  Shake well!

 

Can People Visit the Farm?

Yes!  We love when people come visit to see where their food comes from.  We have a true family farm  –  founded by Blake and Stephanie Alexandre, we are lucky to run the farm with our 5 kids and their spouses on the northern California coast near the Oregon border. 

HOW MANY COWS ARE ON YOUR FARM?

We have 4200 cows grazing 4300 acres at four properties in Humboldt and Del Norte counties.  Our larger scale gives us the opportunity to be making a larger positive environmental impact in sequestering carbon through our regenerative organic farming practices.  “If you want to make a difference with the Earth, support farmers who are doing it right – at scale.”

WHAT ARE THE BREEDS 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, helping to regenerate the soil and turning pasture into nutrient-dense milk products.

WHAT IS MOBILE COOP CHICKEN FARMING?

Mobile coops are hen houses where the hens lay their eggs, rest and get out of the elements.  When these hen houses are mobile (able to be easily moved), it is possible to keep the hens on green grass all year round.  Without the ability to move the coop, the hens overgraze the area around their houses and they no longer get the benefit from the green pasture and the bugs in it.  Moving the chickens ensures they have the diet they need to produce eggs rich in vitamins, minerals and healthy fats.

 Our chickens graze on green, lush organic grass and have room to roam in the fresh coastal air and sunshine. Our green grass dairy pastures consist of 50 to 100 variety of plant species ranging from grasses, forbs, herbs and clovers.  They also have a limited daily feeding of a mixture of organic grains and minerals. We never add any chemicals, hormones or antibiotics.

The chicken coops, which provide a portable home with nesting boxes, are moved every few days at dusk when the chickens move in to roost for the night. The chicken coops are moved a couple of times per week around the pastures so that the pasture gets desired fertilizer while not allowing an area to get overgrazed or get too much manure on it. Everyday our chickens choose to go outside and forage on grass and bugs. It is common to see chickens intermingled with grazing cows.

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.

ARE THERE ROOSTERS WITH YOUR HENS?

Yes, we have roosters in our flocks. We do this because the hens are in their more natural environment when the roosters are around. He rules the roost, alerts and protects his girls from predators plus we get desired fertilized eggs. We also have a few special hens that “sit” on their eggs in our barns and we love to see mama hen walking around with all of her baby chicks following her.

ARE YOUR EGGS FERTILIZED?

Yes, by keeping roosters with the chickens, we get fertilized eggs.  The roosters also  alert the hens to danger, protect them, wake them up (with their cock-a-doodle-do) and provide a natural stability to the flock. There are many consumers who prefer fertilized eggs. Because we collect eggs daily, (wash and refrigerate) incubation does not occur in any way. A little white dot that appears on the yolk is the female egg and when it is fertilized the naked eye cannot tell the difference.

ARE YOUR BIRDS TRIMMED OR ALTERED IN ANY WAY?

No!  Our birds have plenty of space to roam our pastures, nest and lay their eggs, so we have no problems with them attacking each other. Our hens need their sharp beaks and toes to scratch and peck the ground for food – bugs, worms, grasses, etc.

ARE YOUR PRODUCTS GLUTEN-FREE?

Yes – all of our products are gluten-free.

WHERE IS THE FARM?

Where the redwoods meet the sea on the northern California coast, 10 miles south from the Oregon border, you will find our home and main farm at 8371 Lower Lake Road, Crescent City, CA  We encourage you to visit, meet us and see where your food comes from!

We also have 3 other grazing properties in Humboldt and Del Norte Counties.

 

 

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