ACS Conference 2016 Grant Opportunity

At our February 2016 the Guild committed to offering at least three ACS Conference Grants for Guild members to attend this year’s American Cheese Society conference in

Des Moines, Iowa July 27th through the 30th.

The grants would pay for the Early Bird conference fee of around $500, which would be roughly a third of total expenses for attending (you would be responsible for your ACS Membership, travel and lodging expenses). Grant recipients are then required to write and publish at least one detailed review of a workshop or educational experience they participated in at the conference to share with the rest of the Guild.

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 with the subject “Guild Grant Request” BEFORE our April 11th 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 Early Bird registration starts on May 4th.

In the past the Guild has offered to pay the entry fee for any Guild member’s first ACS competition entry, and the Guild has also assembled a group shipment of all Guild entries into the competition. These items will be discussed and budgeted at the April meeting, and the decisions will be announced to the full Guild right after that.

Maine Cheese Guild Meeting

Next Meeting: Monday, April 11th in WHITEFIELD


Jessie Dowling of Fuzzy Udder Creamery will be hosting our April meeting on Monday, April 11th between 10am and 2pm.

At the meeting we will have a website training with our web designer, Jennifer Pierce;  we will talk about the ACS conference in July, and hear more about what the outreach committee has been up to this winter.  We’ll have our new bumper stickers to distribute.

There will also be a brief discussion about possible sites for the cheese festival at the end of the meeting. There will also be lots of cute lambs and kids to snuggle with.

The address is:
35 Townhouse Road
Whitefield, ME 04353

Phone: 549-3817

I hope you can join us.

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Fuzzy Udder Creamery

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Fuzzy Udder Creamery 44.222732, -69.607333 Farmstead Creamery/Cheesemaker 35 Townhouse Rd. Whitefield, ME 04353 (207) 549-3817 Self-serve farmstand, tours by appointment Email: Website: • Facebook FuzzyUdderCreamerySelling: Seasonally - Farm stand on site, Farmers\' Markets, Cheese shops, Co-ops, retailers, Restaurants, Fairs and eventsCheese - Fresh, Cheese - Aged, Yogurt (sheep) Milk Source: Goat, Cow, Sheep Located in the windy pastures of Whitefield Maine, we milk a small herd of high-percentage East Fresian dairy sheep and primarily alpine-saanan-oberhasli crosses for dairy goats. Fuzzy Udder Creamery milks 40 sheep and goats and makes hand-crafted artisan cheese from our sheep and goat milk as well as organic jersey cow’s milk from Two Loons farm in South China. Our sheep and goats dine on lush 2nd cut hay, organic grain, Maine grown oats, Maine seaweed and an array of minerals daily. We are committed to environmentally sound and socially conscious practices, including a healthy work environment for our employees. Our animals’ happiness and health comes first and they are raised with lots of love.Fuzzy Udder began in 2012. Some of the cheeses we make include: fresh hand-stretched mozzarella, sheep milk yogurt, fresh sheep cheese, tomme, gouda, swiss, baby provolone, ashed cheeses, brie styles, and washed rinds. We have a 24/7 self-serve sale fridge at our farm and sell cheese at numerous retail and restaurant locations throughout Maine. We also sell at the following farmer\'s markets: Orono, Damarascotta, Camden and Bar Harbor.35 Townhouse Road, Whitefield, ME, United States (Directions)



Estate Planning & Generational Transfer Seminar

Thursday, February 4, 2016
9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Augusta, Maine

This workshop will help farm and forest product families minimize business succession risk and make informed decisions about intergenerational transfer of farmland and farm businesses. The workshop will address details on transition planning, retirement and estate planning, legal approaches to protect assets from taxes, tools you can use to transfer farm assets, and determining your goals to address transfer planning and business transition.

Cost: $15 (includes handouts)

Location: Maine Forest Products Council Bldg (lower level), 535 Civic Center Drive, Augusta, Maine 04330

Click here for more information and to register.