The Tresch Family was one of our first suppliers for Mindful Meats. They steward over 2000 acres of land in Petaluma, California. They raise about 900 cows that are holsteins, jerseys, and crosses between the two. The Tresch Family started managing their land and animals organically before there really was a certification. Their neighbors all thought they were crazy for choosing to keep their cows on pasture and to not spray their weeds with herbicides. But through healthy management of their land and using organic practices, they watched as the weeds were overgrown by grasses and forages for the cows. The Tresch Dairy became organic in 1995 making them the second certified organic dairy west of the Mississippi. The Tresch Dairy is truly a family run farm and includes Joe (pictured below), his wife Kathy, and their children Lindsay, Joey and Lydia.
The McClelland Family has been dairying in the North Bay since 1938. In 1965 George McClelland's parents purchased the Sonoma County dairy where they continue to operate today. The dairy became Certified Organic in 2003. Their herd was carefully built over time with their prize winning dairy show cows. McClelland's Dairy also pasture raises organic hens for eggs, as well as makes artisanal butter. Opening their doors for the community, they regularly host farm tours, educational events and every fall they celebrate the harvest season with family friendly activities in their pumpkin patch. The dairy is currently run by George McClelland, his wife Dora and their daughter Jana.
Bob Camozzi raises his herd of Organic cows in the Two Rock Valley of Petaluma. A 4th generation dairyman, Bob sells his own milk through distributors in the area. He is a fan of not tilling the pastures and if you ask him he will tell you, "I am tending to the earthworms, which in turn build soil that grows the grass, which feeds my cows. Tilling harms those earthworms and therefore my cows and production." His dairy has been Certified Organic since 2002. His daughter Stephanie and son Bobby both work on the dairy with the daily chores.
We work with local hauler Bill Zimmerman, who's family has been a part of the community for generations. An organic rancher himself, Bill knows just what it takes to calmly load and transport our Organic cows. We use gooseneck trailers that haul under 10 animals at a time to ensure great care and attention for each animal in the short trip they take on the trailer.