Nutrient Dense Food
Nutrition is important to all of us at Alexandre Family EcoDairy Farms. Stephanie teaches nutrition classes from the Weston A. Price Foundation, which like Nourishing our Children Campaign, mirror our family’s nutritional values. We are local Chapter Leaders because we believe so deeply in what the organization represents.
We love to teach people how to eat the way folks used to eat before cancer, heart disease and diabetes became so prevalent. We were fortunate to be raised in a family that always taught us to shop the perimeter of the grocery store. This is a ministry and to produce healthy, organic food the way we do is our mission.
The closer we can get to eating right,
the healthier we’ll ALL be.
“We’re here to put the culture back into agriculture. And the culture for us, as organic farmers, is the soil – and paying attention to the soil.”
– Blake Alexandre
Our organic values extend into our personal lives affecting what we eat, how we live, and the products we use on a daily basis. As stewards of the land, we want to put healthy nutrients back into the soil we work. We believe that we are enhancing and sustaining the land for future generations. We honor the soil biology of the land, its animals, and the people that eat our products, which results in quality nutrition you can see and taste. The organic foods we produce are free of chemicals, herbicides, pesticides, synthetic hormones, and antibiotics. These same organic values guide us with regard to soil quality, how to raise animals, pest and weed control, genetically modified organisms, and the use of other input materials. Each of our products is raised on 100% organic land, forage, and feed. Organic standards transcend to the processing level of our products including regulations prohibiting artificial preservatives, dyes, and flavors with annual food safety audits.
Our Alexandre Family EcoDairy Farms and Alexandre Kids Eggs LLC certifications mean that we are United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) certified organic by California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF).
We think it’s a simple truth –
The earth’s most delicious, most healthy foods are made when farmers work in harmony with nature.
Our holistic approach to farming and animal husbandry revolves around working with nature; a practice that integrates dairy cattle with our hens, creating complex nutrient cycling and health for our livestock and pastures. Our unique approach is unlike other farms and our cool coastal climate and pastures cannot be matched. We believe these practices add value to the property, both intrinsically and extrinsically, a conscious commitment strengthens our ability to enhance food production, control water supply and avoid costly mistakes that could unravel decades of soil health and livestock productivity as well as a community good will.
We provide nutrients to our cows in the best way possible. The complex coastal organic pastures supply our cows with their basic diet. Of the nutrients consumed by our cows, about 20% are cycled into milk. The other 80% of the nutrients pass though and are given back to us in another form. We care for those nutrients with a natural aerobic process, such as composting of the high cellulose materials and what we call liquid composting of the nutrient water, producing a bioliquid that is very nutritious for our soils. A key component in this process is the ability of aerobic microbes to store nitrogen and sulfur in their living protein that is carried back to the land in a beneficial way. This process protects our air and water while transporting a balanced package of nutrients back to our soils through composting solids, fish waste, bedding, sawdust, and straw. Once the nutrients are properly returned to the soil, the life cycle is complete, just like God intended.
We believe a distinguishing aspect at Alexandre Family EcoDairy Farms is our 84 inches of annual rainfall combined with minimal irrigation efforts, allowing our grass to stay green 365 days a year. On any given day at our farm you will find hundreds of different species of birds and other wildlife calling this place their home.
We encourage our cows to graze on lush green pastures, resulting in milk containing healthy Omega 6:3 fatty acids ratio and an abundance of Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA). Grassfed milk contains an abundance of nutrients such as beta-carotene and vitamins A, D, and E. This equates to more nourishment, improved cardiovascular health and a better immune system for our bodies.
When it comes to growing quality grass, nourishing the soil that nourishes us is our first priority. It’s quite simple – don’t do anything that harms the microbes in the soil. Just feed them, nurturing them with every management move you make. Good pasture management means good soil management. We generally do not plow, till, or disc anymore. Our pastures are permanent where we sprinkle upgrades of new varieties every now and then. We’re blessed with a beautiful setting where cool season grasses and legumes do well such as perennial, annual and Italian rye grass, New Zealand white clover, red clover, plantain and chicory. We have such an incredible growing season that 12 percent of our grass growth comes in the months of December, January, and February. To keep the pastures healthy, we amend the soils with elements that tend to leach out like Zinc, Boron, Selenium and basic micro elements. We value our manure. Manure collected from the freestall barns where cows are housed in bad weather or from the milking parlors is carefully composted with our cow bedding components of straw, saw dust, and wood shavings with added crab and fish waste from local fisheries. We work the compost piles to get the maximum nutrient content possible. When the mix is ready, we spread the compost on as many acres of pasture as possible.
Cows were born to roam and graze. Chickens were born to roost, scratch, and scavenge. Hogs were born to root and wallow. These are the natural instinctive behaviors of our animals. Our farm has a commitment to making sure these practices remain a part of the daily behavior of each one of our cows, chickens, and pigs.