Arcata’s loss, McKinleyville’s gain – Cypress Grove Chevre expands in Dow’s Prairie

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Humboldt County-based Cypress Grove Chevre announced today that it has agreed on terms and entered into escrow on a 38 acre site on Dow’s Prairie Road in nearby McKinleyville.

The land is adjacent to other agricultural properties and will be home to Cypress Grove’s new goat dairy, which will supply much needed milk for the growing demand of the company’s line of award-winning goat cheese.

“I’m pleased that we found such a suitable piece of land nearby the creamery,” said Mary Keehn, founder of Cypress Grove Chevre. “The fact that it is so close to our first site makes it a little nostalgic for me,” added Keehn, referencing her original dairy, creamery and home, which was also located on Dow’s Prairie Road when she started Cypress Grove Chevre in 1983.

Substantial funding provided by Cypress Grove owner Emmi of Switzerland will enable Cypress Grove to build a modern, humane dairy by following proven best management practices. Herds will be maintained within well-ventilated and naturally lit indoor spaces while also enjoying outdoor access.

Included in the plan will be efficient manure management that meets all government regulations and allows for productive re-use as fertilizer and soil amendment. The goat herd will begin with 200 carefully selected does and is expected to grow to approximately 1200-1400 over the next 5 years.

The new dairy will create 12 living-wage, fully-benefited jobs between the McKinleyville and Arcata facilities and will help ensure Cypress Grove’s future in Humboldt County.

“We are thankful for the great number of property referrals we received from citizens”, commented Pamela Dressler, General Manager of Cypress Grove Chevre. “It’s gratifying to know that we have a lot of friends and supporters out there.” Dressler went on to thank the Arcata City Council, Humboldt County Supervisor Mark Lovelace and the community development directors of the City of Arcata and Humboldt County; Larry Oetkter and Kirk Girard respectively. “Our final decision is pending positive results from further inspections of the parcel, but timely and informative support from local government was a great help to us in refining this property search.”



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13 responses to “Arcata’s loss, McKinleyville’s gain – Cypress Grove Chevre expands in Dow’s Prairie

  1. Lost_it

    Ya, thanks for Lovelace … to put it in another district.

  2. jtimmons88

    Excellent news!

  3. AJ

    I call dibs for the first class of Mack Town students to tour the new world class dairy.

  4. Dave

    The dairy is on my daily walking route down to the ocean. There was at least a hundred goats on that property a while back (are these the same ones?). Hmmmmm….

  5. HL

    Time for a motto change Jack, “McKinleyville, where goats have the right of way!”

  6. jackdurham

    I think we should have an annual event called “Running of the Goats,” similar to the “Running of the Bulls” in Spain, but down Central Avenue from Murray Road to City Center Road.

  7. HL

    Yes! But be careful Jack…some freak will want to change the Pony Express Days to Cloven Hoof Days or something… by the way, Why did the goat cross the road? Why a duck, why not a goat?

  8. Ian Ray

    Walking goats…

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