The Business Pivot — Sandhill Dairy Gives Back in a Big Way

  • 2020-04-30, 09:49 AM (update 2020-05-01, 07:45 AM)
  • Rachel Dahl
The Business Pivot — Sandhill Dairy Gives Back in a Big Way Cars lined up for miles outside Sandhill Dairy on Thursday to wait for the free milk giveaway
Isidro Alves had no idea what free milk would mean to many

Isidro Alves owns Sandhill Dairy, located off Trento Lane in Fallon and has been a pioneer in the local food movement over the past few years. Today he thanked his local customers for their support by giving our two free gallons of milk to anyone who showed up at his farm. He wasn’t intending to draw people from Carson and Reno, but 1,400 gallons and an exhausted staff later he realized just what this meant to many. 

”Honestly, like any other farmer we make food and there’s a lot of stuff going on right now,” said Alves. “We saw the restaurants in Reno giving away food to the first responders and we thought this would be a way to do something as appreciation for the community that always supports us.” 

Alves posted a message to Facebook on Tuesday, thinking the community might make use of 300-400 gallons of milk. “I was thinking how many will really come,” he laughed. “But then he saw the response and thought maybe he and his staff should get more ready just in case.  “I got a call from a guy in Carson who said we have six families who could really use some milk and asked if he brought a note from each one could he pick up two gallons for each.”

And then he started hearing from people in Reno. “We had 1,100 gallons ready to go, but we ended up getting into the milk we were packing for tomorrow’s orders.”

People were directed to remain in their cars and guided to drive through the yard at the farm, with staff handing milk through their windows. 

“It was super friendly and efficient,” said Samantha Gomes, who waited in the mile-long line for two gallons of Sandhill milk. “What a wonderful thing to do for our community,” she said. 

Alves really wanted to just thank this community that has been so good to he and his family as they have pushed the edge of developing the market for innovative, local dairy products including internationally recognized chocolate milk and artisan cheeses. But some debate was raised on social media, which he said is misguided. “There’s a misconception we’re having to dump milk, but no one in Nevada is having to dump milk.” 

“This was so cool, I actually got choked up,” he said.






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Rhonda 2020-04-30, 03:17 PM
Thank you, Ms. Dahl for publishing this story.
Thank you, Mr. Alves For providing free milk.
You are both real American heroes.