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 next Wisconsin Cheese Originals Beginning
Cheesemaker Scholarship will be announced in January, 2015.
Past Wisconsin Cheese Originals Beginning Scholarship Recipients
2014: Sandra Acosta milks 600 dairy goats on a farm near Port
Washington, Wis., with her husband, Barry Midtling. An accomplished
cheesemaker, veterinarian and instructor in native Mexico, Acosta aims
to become a licensed cheesemaker in her new home country, eventually building an on-farm creamery. She also plans
to continue to be involved in teaching goat milk production in
rural areas of Mexico and developing countries.
2013: Jennifer Digman owns and runs Krayola Sky Dairy, a goat
dairy in Cuba City. She successfully obtained her cheesemaker's license
in 2013 after earning the Wisconsin Cheese Originals scholarship. She
works at both Uplands Cheese and Roelli Cheese as a cheesemaker and
affineur (cheese aging specialist). Digman has dreams of building her
own 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. In 2013, Anna
successfully launched Landmark Creamery and began making seasonal sheep,
cow and water buffalo cheeses, using the facilities at Cedar Grove
Cheese in Plain. At the 2013 Wisconsin Cheese Originals Festival, her
Bawdy Buffalo, a water buffalo Taleggio-style cheese, was named one of
the best up-and-coming American Original cheeses in the nation.
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 Furhmann, a goat's milk cheesemaker,
obtained her license after receiving the 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
U.S. Champion Cheesemaker, the youngest cheesemaker to ever earn
the title. In 2013, she and her family built a new farmstead cheese
plant on their farm near Pipe, Wis. She launches new cheeses
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