To build a short and sustainable chain between local farmers, the cheese maker(s) and your home.
An integrated approach – for an ambitious vision.
The 2 parts of the business are integrated. We train existing and prospective cheesemakers and small-scale dairy producers in The Cheese School, as well as use the cheese facility for more advanced training (eg in commercial-scale cheese production and ripening). We also demonstrate the equipment we have chosen to work with, the design of the cheese facility, and the way we run the business – ie a model that others can learn from and then go out and set up their own successful artisan dairy operations. We also plan to use our onsite retail outlet for cheesemonger training.
The cheeses and other dairy products we make and sell are high quality artisan dairy products, ripened to perfection, and beautifully presented. Again, we are keen for others to learn from us in all respects, and apply that learning to their own small-scale operations. In that way, we hope to see Australia’s artisan dairy industry grow and become much more sophisticated, but still with relatively small-scale and craft-based operations.
The cheese facility has capacity to process 4000 to 8000L of milk a week (initially a lot less) into both soft and hard cheese, together with ageing facilities, wrapping/packing room and finished goods storage, as well as rooms for raw materials, pasteurising, washing etc. The Cheese School includes a small demonstration dairy room that is used for both training and small-scale dairy production purposes.