Final Report for FNE98-191
Ms. Haase raises goats. She milks them, and makes cheese from the milk. She applied for a SARE grant to help her purchase a 25-gallon vat pasteurizer, which she uses to offer hands-on instruction to small-scale goat and cow dairymen interested in learning how to process their own milk.
In her sessions Ms. Haase covers such topics as temperature control, sanitary procedures, bottling, labeling, packaging, and the Pasteurized Milk Ordinance. To date she has provided training to 27 people, four of whom have gone on to obtain licenses in their home states. Fifteen more, so far, have contacted her for training this year (1999).
Ms. Haase has come to be known as something of an authority on small-scale pasteurization and processing of milk. She maintains a website on the subject, has spoken at the Vermont Grass Farmers Conference, and has responded to numerous inquiries, by mail, email, and telephone.