Most milk we see on the shelf contains what’s called an “A1” protein, which some people have trouble digesting. But the creamy milk and yogurt from Alexandre Family Farms contains the “A2” protein that’s easier for the human body to absorb. Owners Blake and Stephanie Alexandre spent more than a decade breeding their cows specially to produce this protein. We’ll raise a glass to that—and to a few other extraordinary things about this creative agri-couple.
A dairy farming love story
Blake and Stephanie each grew up in California learning the ins and outs of agriculture on their respective family farms. While Stephanie’s dad was teaching her to operate farm equipment, Blake was helping his dad raise calves. They met. They dated. And when it was clear they were meant to be, Blake sold his prize cow to buy Stephanie an engagement ring. Together they’ve continued to grow as a family farm, and as a family.
Strong proponents of holistic organic farming, nutritional education and environmental stewardship, they’ve embraced organic and regenerative farming, too--creating a legacy for their five children, their future grandchildren. And a better future for everyone.
More Microbes = Healthier Soil = Better Food for the Future
Regenerative agriculture is all about good dirt. Microbe-filled dirt, specifically. Regenerative agriculture is a way of caring for the land to keep as many microbes in the soil as possible. Yeah, this may mean more work. But it produces more nutrient-rich crops and healthier grazing for livestock. It gives the soil longer, more productive life. And it helps control climate change by keeping carbon in the ground instead of our atmosphere. Did you know that the agriculture industry is currently responsible for more carbon dioxide emissions than any other US industry? Regenerative agriculture is one way modern farmers are turning that around.
The first certified regenerative organic dairy in the US
Alexandre Farms’ no-till practices help keep more carbon in the ground. They partner with local fisheries to compost cow manure with crab and fish waste, increase plant diversity, and limit the use of chemical fertilizers. Cows graze and chicken peck outside, living like Mother Nature intended. We’re not just talking about great-tasting milk here – it’s a philosophy for life, where people move beyond words like “sustainability” into action that improves the world –by nourishing the soil that nourishes us.