We were working for healthy food, healthy people and a healthy planet even before we became yogourt makers.
Back in 1983, our co-founders Samuel Kaymen and Gary Hirshberg were running a nonprofit organic farming school on a small farm in New Hampshire, US. They were on a mission to help family farms survive, keep food and food production healthy, and help protect the environment. But the school needed funding.
So we put the farm’s seven cows to work (and all the helping hands they could wrangle) and began selling really good yogourt made without the use of toxic persistent pesticides or chemical fertilizers thirty-seven years ago.
Samuel and Gary did most of the work back then. They milked the cows, made the yogourt, and made sales calls and even deliveries.
The yogourt was a hit. A big one. And Samuel and Gary realized that a successful organic company could make a bigger difference for family farms, people, and the planet than their school could. So they decided to run with yogourt.