Wisconsin Cheese Originals is proud to use a significant portion of
its membership dues to offer a $2,500 scholarship to help one new
Wisconsin artisan cheesemaker earn his or her cheesemaking license every
Wisconsin is the only state in the nation to require cheesemakers to
be licensed, a lengthy process that can take as long as 18 months,
requires the attendance at five cheesemaking courses, and 240 hours of
apprenticeship with an existing licensed Wisconsin cheesemaker.
Applications for the 2014 Wisconsin Cheese Originals Beginning
Cheesemaker Scholarship will be posted in January.
Past Wisconsin Cheese Originals Beginning Scholarship Recipients
2013: Jennifer Digman owns and runs Krayola Sky Dairy, a
goat dairy in Cuba City, Wis. After using the scholarship money to earn her
license, Digman has dreams of building an on-farm creamery to craft
fresh, hand-dipped chevre, aged mixed milk artisan cheeses, and
hand-washed Alpine-style cheese. She hopes to pass the operation down to her two young daughters.
2012: Anna Landmark owns and runs a small-scale sustainable
farm with her husband and children in Albany, Wis. After using the
scholarship money to earn her cheesemaker's license, Landmark plans to
craft both fresh and aged sheep's milk cheeses, including thistle-rennet
cheeses, which will require her to develop her own rennet from thistle
flowers. This type of cheese is currently only available via import from
Portugal and Spain.
2011: Rose Boero, a dairy goat breeder in Custer, Wis,
successfully obtained her cheesemaker's license after receiving the
scholarship in 2011. Today, she makes a variety of goat's milk cheeses
at Willow Creek Cheese and teaches beginning cheesemaking classes in her
home for amateur cheesemakers. She is developing plans to build her own
cheese plant at her dairy goat farm, where she and her husband have
raised Toggenburg dairy goats for 25 years.
2010: Katie Hedrich, a goat's milk cheesemaker, obtained her
license in 2010 after receiving the very first Wisconsin Cheese
Originals Scholarship. At the 2011 U.S. Champion Cheese Contest, she
took Best in Show for her goat's milk cheese, Evalon, and was named the
2011 U.S. Champion Cheesemaker, the youngest licensed cheesemaker to
ever earn the title. She and her family are currently building a
farmstead cheese plant on their farm near Pipe, Wis.
Learn more about the state requirements to obtain a cheesemaker's
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