Technical Assistance for Cheese Curing for Farmstead Cheesemakers

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer
Funds awarded in 2002: $5,264.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2002
Region: Northeast
State: Vermont
Project Leader:
Mark Fischer
Woodcock Farm

Annual Reports


  • Animals: goats, sheep
  • Animal Products: dairy


  • Education and Training: decision support system, display, farmer to farmer, focus group, mentoring, networking, on-farm/ranch research, participatory research
  • Farm Business Management: new enterprise development

    Proposal summary:

    Farmstead cheese is an important value-added product, and the farmer will bring an affineur, or cheese ager, to the area to work with at least ten farmers who seek technical assistance in improving the quality of their product. The focus is on cheese made and aged by a single producer. The affineur will do site visits and advise individual producers, and these individual meetings will be followed by a workshop. The overall goal is a more consistent, distinctive farmstead cheese.

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