From the Farmstead Creamery Advisor, 10 Questions for Aspiring Cheesemakers
Posted Jun 25 2010 8:36am
Gianaclis Caldwell , award-winning cheesemaker , goatherd, and author of The Farmstead Creamery Advisor , wanted to make sure her book brought the notion of small-scale dairy farming down to earth. Not because there’s no romance in a close relationship with animals and the earth, but because it takes a LOT of work to maintain a successful creamery. It can be frustrating, and Murphy’s Law (i.e. anything that can go wrong, will) exerts a force not unlike the Laws of Thermodynamics . Especially with animals as clever and willful as goats! They’ll always figure out if you left a gap in the fence, they’ll eat the wrong thing and get sick, they’ll eat your raspberry canes before you get any fruit, etc.
Take this brief quiz to see if you’re up for the task. The book looks at these questions in greater depth: