Of all the things that make me feel proud to work at Stonyfield, I think the thing that is most important to me is that we prioritize the profitability of the family farmers who provide our ingredients. Farming is a challenging way to make a living, and many people are surprised to learn that for every dollar you spend in the grocery store, the farmer receives an average of just 12 cents. Stonyfield believes that it is important that the farmers who provide our ingredients be fairly compensated for the hard work they do.
To show you how we put this sourcing value into action, let’s take a look at our milk. All of our milk comes from the Organic Valley cooperative, a farmer-owned cooperative with over 1,400 organic dairy farmers around the US. The farmers of Organic Valley are small, family owned farms, with an average herd size of just 77 cows. Much of the milk we use comes directly to us from Organic Valley farms here in New England, New York, and Pennsylvania.
A quick peek at a chart comparing the pay price for Organic Valley’s farms with the price paid for conventional milk over the past 20 years tells you nearly everything you need to know about why organic dairy is a better way to make a living for dairy farmers.
While the price paid for conventional milk has been on a rollercoaster ride over those years, the price paid to Organic Valley’s farmers has been consistently higher, and much more stable. The price paid for organic milk doesn’t take a nosedive every three or four years, because Organic Valley knows their farmers need a dependable, steady paycheck in exchange for dependably producing high quality milk. This is one of the many reasons we’re proud to source our milk from Organic Valley’s family farmers.