The Good Food Awards launches its seventh year with a call for entries to American producers crafting the nation’s best in tasty, authentic and responsible foods. Entries are judged at a blind tasting with 200 food movement leaders. Entry period is open July 5-31 at www.goodfoodawards.org ($68 fee to cover cost of storing, sorting and transporting the entries). New and renewing members of the Good Food Merchants Guild receive one free entry.
August 16-18, 2016
The PA Cheese Guild will sponsor an advanced cheesemaking class at Hidden Hills Dairy in Everett, PA. Jim Wallace, consultant and technical expert at New England Cheesemaking Supply Co. will be the instructor. Jim has travelled extensively and trained with traditional artisan and farmstead master cheesemakers in Europe and spent many years studying at the Vermont Institute of Artisan Cheese. Along with the technical aspects of cheesemaking, Jim will share the stories and traditions behind the cheeses.
The three day class will include a variety of cheeses (bloomy rind, washed rind, alpine and pasta filata) and techniques for cheesemaking and affinage. Cheeses will be made from goat, sheep and cows milks. The class will include a session devoted to troubleshooting and evaluating cheeses brought by the participants. Class size is limited to 10 participants.
Cost is $950* for members and $1050* fornon-members.
*Class fees include 2 nights lodging and all meals.
Registration for Advanced Cheesemaking Class
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Boosting Climate Resilience and Biodiversity in Perennial Farm ecosystems through use of Air Meadow Pollarding.
July 10 -16 (with partial attendance invited), at 3 Streams Farm in Belfast, Maine
Traditional Air Meadow pruning cycles are aimed at creating accessible native tree forms for harvest of high quality animal fodder. These methods also enhance bush and ground browse layers, provide nutrients to pasture plants, fix more carbon, increase tree longevity, preserve broader forest gene pools of tree individuals per area, and increase habitat diversity and species counts.