“Not only do I love cows, but I love farm equipment. And I love everything about farming. Out of college I went to work for a farm equipment company, and I really enjoyed that. But every time that I visited a farm, the smell of the farm drew me in, and I wished I was there,” Blake says.
“Returning to my family farm, I feel purpose-driven because every day, I am providing food products to consumers that are really healthy, really nutritious and really awesome,” he says.
The Gendebien’s business expanded beyond producing the high-quality milk that goes into making cheese and other dairy foods. Thanks to Carmen’s expertise as an esthetician and former spa owner, she developed a line of beauty products called, “A Wholesome Glow.”
“Our vision was to bring the wholesomeness of the farm to the consumer,” Carmen explains. “We try to get a lot of our story from the farm into our products. Our scrub contains some of our dairy milk. It also contains some of our alfalfa from the fields, which is great for the body and great for the skin,” she says.
The Gendebiens love being advocates for wellness, producing products that nourish the body inside and out. They also have another strong focus – maintaining a healthy planet, as well. Sustainability practices are paramount to their businesses.
“Nothing leaves the farm except for milk,” Blake says. The farm recycles and reuses water and reuses lactose removed from the milk for the cow feed. They also mix whey with manure to spread on the fields, improving crop yields.
“Environmental sustainability makes our country better and our communities better,” Blake says, “but it also helps our business. I can’t think of anything more sustainable than reusing our own product for future growth.”