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DNR contact
Mike Sorge
3911 Fish Hatchery Rd
Fitchburg WI 53711-7921
608-275-3247
Fax 608-275-3338
Company contact
Charlie Crave
W11550 Torpy Rd
Waterloo WI 53594-9652
920-478-3812
Fax 920-478-3809

Crave Brothers Farm, LLC EMS Certified to ISO 14001 Tier 1 participant since 12/11/2012

While the Brothers have been involved in dairy farming in one way or another their entire lives, it wasn’t until the late 1990’s that Crave Brothers made their home in Waterloo. Within years of establishing the farm, the brothers discussed how to grow the business and offer opportunities for future generations. It was this discussion that eventually led the brothers to build a cheese factory in 2001. Currently the farm has over 1,000 cows, producing over 2-million pounds of Mozzarella and Mascarpone Cheese annually.

Annual report tidbit

Craves Borthers' installed additional pressure tanks on the high capacity well to establish more consistent water pressure (reduces linefluctuations) and reduces energy consumption from frequent pumping. From 2014 Annual Report [PDF].

Environmental activities

In addition to the farm and cheese making enterprise, the Crave Brothers utilize a computer-controlled anaerobic digestion system to generate electricity - enough to run their rural Wisconsin farm and cheese plant and power up to 120 homes. The digester helps manage the farm’s manure, provides clean, renewable energy for the farm and produces excess electricity, which Clear Horizons sells on the electrical grid. What’s more, the digester provides some saleable byproducts. The Crave Brothers use the liquid manure as a fertilizer, applied directly to nearby fields. The solid manure byproducts are used as animal bedding and potting mixes.

Crave Brothers Farm and Farmstead Cheese Plant have identified goals to work on as Green Tier participants: including maximizing efficiency of anaerobic manure digesters, reduce odors associated with farm operations, reduce feed leachate and establish baseline information concerning water consumption. They will strive to establish environmentally friendly practices that balance financial, environmental and social needs in a way that supports succession planning. Their goal is to work with employee, neighbors and the community to help them be good stewards of the land and communicate in ways that promote learning from each other.

Reports

Video

This video was produced by a student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as part of a class assignment for "Systems Thinking and Sustainable Businesses." The video highlights examples of superior environmental performance and the role that the Green Tier program has played in supporting and recognizing the company.

Acceptance letter

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Last Revised: Wednesday May 17 2017