Isidro Alves a dairy farmer from Fallon, Nevada and owner of Sandhill Dairy wanted to find a way to thank his community for the support they’ve shown as he’s expanded his on-farm processing business. Inspired by restaurants giving food to first responders, he decided to offer two free gallons of whole milk to anybody who came to the farm. The result was astonishing.
When Alves posted a message to their Facebook page on Tuesday announcing the giveaway, he expected the community might take home 300-400 gallons of milk. In reality, they gave 1,400 gallons to people from an 80-mile radius.
“We had 1,100 gallons ready to go,” he said, “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, his kids included, handing milk through their windows.
Alves wanted to thank the community for supporting his family as they’ve pushed the envelope in developing a market for local dairy products, but he also wanted to set the record straight on some social media rumors.
“There’s a misconception that farmers here are dumping milk,” he said. “But nobody in Nevada is dumping milk.”