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Help us spread the "cheese" love! Campaign is over, but checks can be mailed to The Art of Cheese, 11227 N 66th St. Longmont, CO 80503. All perks still apply!
Kate Johnson
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Longmont, Colorado
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Artisan Cheesemaking School needs a brick-and-mortar home!

After teaching cheesemaking out of my farmhouse kitchen, at local senior and recreation centers, through extension agencies and at community colleges and retail shops for the past several years, I am ready to create a new teaching space: a brick-and-mortar Artisan Home-Cheesemaking School!

Why give?

Banks aren't lending to small businesses and entrepreneurs these days.  Crowd-funding is an alternative way to help a small business owner get a little seed money to jump-start a new project.  If you're inspired by my idea and are willing to help me out, I'll be in a position to pay it forward!  

What's this about a free goat?

Each person who contributes will have his/her name entered into a drawing for a free dairy goat kid!  The winner's name will be drawn at the conclusion of the campaign if we've met or exceeded our goal.  The goat can be claimed by the winner OR donated to a Boulder County 4-H club youth member.  As an extra incentive, I will donate a second goat if we double our goal!

Who is Behind This Project?

For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Kate Johnson.  I am a Farmstead Artisan Cheesemaker,  Cheesemaking Instructor,  Dairy Goat Breeder,  4-H Leader and a Professional Life Coach!  I began as a self-taught cheesemaker about 6 years ago using farm fresh milk from my own small herd of dairy goats.  Eventually, I took several cheesemaking classes including an Advanced Cheesemaking course from world-famous Vermont Cheesemakers, Linda and Larry Faillace of Three Shepherds Farm.  I have adapted most of my cheese recipes to work equally well with farm-fresh or store-bought milks, making cheesemaking accessible to just about anyone.  

Visit www.briargatefarm.com    andwww.facebook.com/artofcheese to learn more about me and my program!

Why a Brick-and-Mortar Cheese School?

As the local food movement has blossomed and an interest in growing or producing what we eat has increased, people of all walks of life are taking an interest in learning the art of making hand-crafted, small-batch artisan cheese. 

There are plenty of small artisan cheesemakers out there, 

but very few people are teaching others how to make their own cheese. 

My mission is to share my enthusiasm and enjoyment for home-cheesemaking with as many people as I can to promote fun, adventure, learning and good health.  My goal is to offer classes that are relatively short and easy, require minimal equipment or special ingredients, and that take some of the mystery out of the process so that my students can feel empowered to go home and make delicious cheeses to share with their family and friends.

After teaching in other facilities for a number of years, and having to tote my equipment and cheese samples all over town, I have decided I can offer more classes more efficiently and reach more people if I’m located in a central, well organized teaching space.

What Classes Will I Teach?

Most of my classes are 1-2 hours in length and will be offered weekdays, evenings and on weekends.  They are hands-on and interactive, with an emphasis on fun and creativity.  Oh, and there are always delicious cheese samples at every class! 

Some of the cheeses I teach include:

·  Chevre & Fromage Blanc

·  Artisan Ricotta

·  Mozzarella & Burrata

·  Intro to Hard Cheesemaking

·  Mold-Ripened Cheeses (Brie, Camembert, etc.)

·  Trappist-style Cheese

·  Gorgonzola

·  Dessert Cheeses

·  Colby

·  Monterey Jack

·  and more!

What Else Will I Offer at the Cheesemaking School?

I plan to offer an array of cheesemaking supplies and ingredients for sale so that students can go right home and make cheese when they finish a class.  I will also consign with local artists who will create beautiful cheese-related serving items such as platters, cheese boards, cheese knives and more.

Occasionally I will offer “Cheesemaking Boot Camps”, invite guest cheesemakers to teach, and do Farm-to-Table classes and tours.

I plan to begin Internship and Apprenticeship Programs once my new facility is open to teach interested students not only how to make cheese, but how to teach it as well.  This will allow me to share my passion with others while continuing to expand my hours and class offerings by having additional trained instructors.  It will also provide some employment opportunities within my community. 

I plan to offer other fun ways to learn about and enjoy hand-crafted cheese as well,  such as birthday or anniversary parties, date nights, girls’ nights out, corporate team building events, special cheese classes for kids, and more.

I will participate in local community events such as the Colorado Cheese Festival, street fairs, art walks, etc. and will act as a mentor for local 4-H clubs and burgeoning dairy goat farms. And I will be collaborating with a local cheese shop and wine cafe to offer additional classes and other tasty opportunities.  

What We Need

Raising $5,000 will help to:

  • Install a sink in the classroom
  • Furnish it with tables and chairs
  • Purchase new portable burners for each of the classroom tables

Raising $6,500 will help to:

  • Subsidize rent for 3 months
  • Develop and distribute initial marketing materials
  • Purchase initial stock of cheesemaking supplies

Raising $8,500 will help to:

  • Subsidize rent for another 3 months
  • Buy a refrigerator for the classroom
  • Create and maintain our new website

Raising $10,000 will help to:

  • Subsidize rent for a full year
  • Allow me to offer several free community events including working with a local children’s home!

Raising over $10,000 will help to:

  • Begin work on an online cheese course
  • Begin work on a “Cheesemaking for Hopelessly Busy People” Book


What You Get

At each level of giving, you’ll have the opportunity to not only feel good about helping me launch this new venture, but you’ll also receive something fun and useful in return!

Check out all the options to the right.  Some of the goodies are more relevant for folks who live nearby or who plan to travel to our area.  If that isn’t you, I have alternate goodies at each giving level which can be shipped to you.

In addition to the perks listed, each contributor will have his/her name inscribed as a sponsor on a poster in our new cheesemaking school.

The Impact

Your funding today will help me meet my goal of having this school up and running by the time the Colorado Cheese Festival comes to town again next fall – November 2014!  This event brought in over 2100 people last year and is a huge marketing opportunity for me (I’m already scheduled to give a presentation and have a booth at the Festival!).

And the more people who learn that they, too, can be Artisan Cheesemakers, the happier and tastier the world will be!

One More Thing:

My goats will be happier, too, because they will have a renewed sense of purpose in the world.

Other Ways You Can Help

Tell your friends about this campaign and then, take a cheese class together!

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This campaign ended on June 8, 2014
Select a Perk
  • $10USD
    "Cheese & Thank You!"

    Thank you shout-out and an "Art-of-Cheese" sticker.

    5 out of 200 claimed
  • $25USD
    "Whey Cool!"

    Awesome Bumper Sticker Your choice of: Have You Hugged Your Kid Today? (Colorado Dairy Goat Association) or Got Milk? Make Cheese! (www.art-of-cheese.com)

    8 out of 200 claimed
  • $50USD
    "Wine & Cheese"

    One set of 4 wine charms. Your choice of: Wine and Cheese, Happy Goats, or Cute Cows ($5 additional shipping for out of the country)

    5 out of 100 claimed
  • $75USD
    "Lovin' Life"

    Signed copy of Kate's book, Life Lessons from the Barnyard. Heartfelt and amusing stories about raising kids and critters on a small family farm.

    5 out of 50 claimed
  • $100USD
    "Make Cheese"

    Gift Certificate for a Beginner's Cheesemaking Class -OR- Home Cheese Making book by Ricki Carroll ($5 additional shipping out of country)

    6 out of 50 claimed
  • $150USD
    "Milk, Make, Partake"

    A Farm-to-Table Cheese Class Gift Certificate Join us at the farm and milk the goats, make some cheese and then enjoy a farm lunch together. -OR- Beginner Cheesemaking Supply Kit (3 kits to choose from: Soft Cheeses/Ricotta; Mozzarella/Burrata; Feta) ($7 additional shipping out of the country)

    0 out of 25 claimed
  • $250USD
    "Clean Living"

    A Private Farm Tour For you and up to 10 of your friends or family members. The two-hour tour includes: Meet and milk our dairy goats; Visit our llama and hens Observe a natural horsemanship demo; Enjoy a cheese making demo with samples. -OR- Handcrafted Goat's Milk Soap and Lotion for a Year! (1 of each per month; a different fragrance every month) ($25 additional shipping for out of the country)

    2 out of 20 claimed
  • $500USD
    "Party Time!"

    Private Cheesemaking Party For you and 7 of your friends at the new cheese making school or in your home (my travel expenses extra for out of town recipients). -OR- Bumper sticker, Life Lessons book, Beginner cheese making kit, and soap and lotion for a year. ($25 additional shipping for out of the country)

    0 out of 10 claimed
  • $1,000USD
    "The Perfect Day"

    A Farm-to-Table Cheese and Farm Adventure! For you and up to 5 of your friends and family members at our farm. Includes a full day of fun and education in a hands-on learning experience. You will: Milk our dairy goats, Play with the goat kids, Visit our horses, llama, hens and barn cats, Learn how to make several cheeses, Enjoy a farm-to-table dinner with locally sourced food and wine. -OR- Two of each (one for you and one for a friend) of the gifts described in the $500 gift.

    0 out of 5 claimed
  • $2,500USD
    "Be Immortal"

    A Lifetime of Cheesemaking Classes and Cheese Samples for one person AND a specialty cheese named after you!

    0 out of 5 claimed
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