Jer-Lindy Farms and Redhead Creamery were recognized with a 2016 U.S. Dairy Sustainability Award for Outstanding Dairy Farm Sustainability, at a ceremony in Chicago on May 11.
The 200-cow Brooten, Minnesota farm and artisan cheesemaker—a partnership between two generations of Jennissen family—were acknowledged for a number of sustainable practices, including reducing the farm’s energy use by 20 percent, not using any commercial fertilizer on any of its 258 acres, and feeding the whey generated from cheesemaking back to their cows.
The farm has also achieved Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification, improving water quality of the nearby Crow River for local residents and wildlife.
“Our goal is to be sustainable while profitable, with water and soil quality as two of our critical focus points,” Jerry Jennissen said, via press release. “We’ve been able to make sustainability profitable, and by being as forward-thinking as possible, we hope to pave the way to a strong future for our farm and creamery.”