Humboldt County, California, is a great place to operate an organic dairy farm. The mild temperatures and ample annual rainfall allow cows to be in pasture 200 days or more a year. The county is roughly bounded by the Shasta-Trinity National Forest on the east and Pacific Ocean on the west. Warmed by the ocean currents, Eureka (the county seat) enjoys average temperatures ranging from 41 F (in December and January) to 64 F (in August and September).
On the other hand, the county might not be the first choice to build a dairy processing plant. There are not a lot of consumers in Humboldt County (population about 135,000) and the closest big cities are San Francisco and Sacramento, each about 270 miles away. The narrow roads, lined by redwood trees, restrict the size of tractor-trailers that can deliver supplies in the county.