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Sustainability

We are passionate about making great cheese to the highest standards, and we’re committed to investing in the kind of changes necessary to make a positive impact on our community.

Growth Requires Growth

As demand for our cheese grew around the country, a larger and more energy-efficient creamery became a necessity. The recent expansion exceeds California Green Building Standards Code and several non-mandatory provisions to encourage energy conservation and promote green practices.

Model Dairy

The Cypress Grove dairy is designed and managed primarily with the health and happiness of our herd in mind. Our animals have access to both pasture and well-ventilated, naturally-lit indoor areas — not to mention enough space and time for loafing between milkings to make our cheesemakers jealous. We even jokingly refer to the dairy as the “country club.” But don’t take our word for it; the American Humane Association endorsed our model dairy as Humane Certified with a 100 percent score three years running.

What We Are Doing

We’re committed to taking specific, measurable actions that will improve our sustainability and inspire others to do the same.

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Bird Populations

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Clean Water

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Efficient Cleaning

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Edible Walkway

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Carbon Reduction

Bird Populations

Inspired by Cornell University’s project to restore populations of cavity nesting birds, nesting boxes were created for tree swallows near the marshy areas on the creamery and dairy sites.

Photo by Jongsun Lee on Unsplash

Clean Water

A state-of-the-art anaerobic wastewater pre-treatment system mitigates much of the impact on our local municipal treatment plant.

Efficient Cleaning

Cypress Grove installed an advanced CIP (Clean In Place) system that reduces energy and water use, and improves employee safety while cleaning production equipment and the facilities.

Edible Walkway

In 2014, a fruit and nut tree corridor was developed on the edge of the property available for harvest by neighbors and passersby. Please note: fruits and nuts are reachable from the 17th Street curb only. Please do not enter the property to access the trees.

Carbon Reduction

Installation of a new boiler for heating water used in production now cuts gas consumption by nearly 50 percent. Installation of new pasteurization equipment reduces our pasteurization energy use by approximately 55 percent.