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ANNOUNCING: The Farmstead Creamery Advisor Now Available

Interested in making and selling your own handcrafted artisan cheese? We’ve got the book you need. The Farmstead Creamery Advisor: The Complete Guide to Building and Running a Small, Farm-Based Cheese Business by Gianaclis Caldwell covers everything from caring for your animals to designing and building your cheese facility—and it’s available now.

Pick up your copy now at our bookstore, pre-order it from, or ask for it at your favorite local bookseller.

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There has never been a better time to be making and selling great cheese. People worldwide are consuming more high-quality, handmade cheese than ever before. The number of artisan cheesemakers has doubled in recent years, and many of the industry’s newcomers are “farmstead” producers— those who work only with the milk of their own animals. Today, more than ever before, the people who choose to become farmer-cheesemakers need access to the knowledge of established cheese artisans who can help them build their dream.

Few career choices lead to such extremes of labor, emotion, and monetary challenge. In The Farmstead Creamery Advisor, respected cheesemaker, instructor, and speaker Gianaclis Caldwell walks would-be producers through the many, and often confusing, steps and decisions they will face when considering a career in this burgeoning cottage industry. This book fills the gap that exists between the pasture and cheese plate. It goes far beyond issues of caring for livestock and basic cheesemaking, explaining business issues such as:

  • Analyzing your suitability for the career
  • Designing and building the cheese facility
  • Sizing up the market
  • Negotiating day-to-day obstacles
  • Ensuring maximum safety and efficiency

Drawing from her own and other cheesemakers’ experiences, Caldwell brings to life the story of creating a successful cheesemaking business in a practical, organized manner. Absolutely essential for anyone interested in becoming a licensed artisan cheesemaker, The Farmstead Creamery Advisor will also appeal to the many small and hobby-farm owners who already have milking animals and who wish to improve their home dairy practices and facilities.

Gianaclis Caldwell’s Upcoming Events

  • Gianaclis Caldwell at American Dairy Goat Association National Show,
    Louisville KY 40214
    June 19, 2010, 12:00 pm

  • Gianaclis Caldwell at the American Cheese Society Conference,
    Seattle WA
    August 25, 2010, 12:00 pm

  • Gianaclis Caldwell at Cowgirl Creamery
    1 Ferry Building, #17, San Francisco CA 94111
    September 25, 2010, 12:00 pm

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