Our next meeting will take place on Monday, May 4th at Sunset Acres in Brooksville. We should get the rundown on the Dairy Sanitation workshop that the Guild is co-sponsoring with UMO Cooperative Extension which is scheduled for June 1st at the Orono campus right now.
Below are the licensed cheese makers in Maine as published by the Maine Department of Agriculture. There are 72 Processed Dairy Facilities as of April 2015
At our Annual Meeting last November we committed to sending as large a group as possible to this year’s American Cheese Society conference in Providence, RI July 29th through August 1s. To that end we committed to offering partial grants to UP TO TEN (or as many as we can afford) Guild members to help them with the cost of attendance; the grants would pay for the Early Bird conference fee of around $500, which would be roughly half of total expenses. (Be aware that you must also be a member of ACS to attend the conference, and to submit competition entries.)
It’s time to ask our members to apply to the Guild so that we know how many folks are interested so we can budget accordingly.
If you can commit to attending the ACS Conference this summer and would like to apply for a guild Grant to do so, please write
—one paragraph describing you and your cheese experience,
—and one paragraph describing what you seek to gain by attending the ACS conference;
—your name and contact info;
—send to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Guild Grant Request” BEFORE our April 13th meeting.
At that meeting the group will discuss the number of folks seeking a grant, and given our current finances how many grants the Guild can afford to offer. If there are more grant seekers than grants available, the Guild board will review the applications and choose whom will receive Grants before the end of the Early Bird registration.
In addition to conference fee grants, the Guild has committed to offering to pay the entry fee for any Guild member’s first ACS competition entry, and to subsidize a group shipment of all Guild entries into the competition. More info about that effort later this year.