CHEESE SCHOOL Oct 31 – Nov 3


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Cheese School is held in the fall, every other year. The next cheese school will be in fall 2019. Sign up for the email list if you want a heads up when workshop registration opens!

Thursday – Sunday (includes overnight stay Sunday and breakfast on Monday)

We’ll start with a mixer Thursday night with nibbles and several cheeses to sample. Friday and Saturday will be chock-a-block with hands-on home cheesemaking. You’ll learn to make mozzarella, chèvre, feta, paneer, and ricotta, plus butter and yogurt, and cheddar. You’ll also learn to cook with both commercial and your own homemade cheese, with student participation and/or demos for many of the meals. Finally, we’ll wrap up with an educational and delicious artisan cheesemaking talk/demo and a paired tasting with Sarah Hoffmann, the award-winning cheesemaker/owner of Green Dirt Farm. You’ll leave with your own handmade cheeses, plus a wonderful goodie bag with cultures and cheesemaking supplies, and cooler tote with award-winning Green Dirt Farm cheeses.

Cheese School includes:

  • Welcome cheese party
  • 2 full days of hands-on home cheesemaking basics with Charlene Osman
  • Artisan cheese talk/demo with paired tastings from Green Dirt Farm
  • Cooking demos (some hands-on) and recipes with Nikol Lohr
  • Cheeses made with farm-fresh cow’s and goat’s milk from a small, diversified local family farm
  • 4 nights in shared guest rooms in former high school classrooms (double or triple occupancy; bring a friend or we can assign)
  • All meals and snacks
  • A take-home goodie bag and cooler tote with cheese, cheesemaking supplies, and condiments
  • Samples of all of your cheeses to take home with you
  • Relaxing on the playground, snuzzles from the sheep
  • Plus a few surprises!

  Accommodations are shared rooms in former classrooms. We also have private rooms available for an additional $150. Due to the nature of instruction, space is very limited!

Register with a 50% deposit (refundable 45 days prior to workshop). You’ll pay your balance when you check in.


GETTING HERE Fly into Kansas City (MCI)  or Wichita (ICT). GPS can trick you into taking crazy, horrible dirt roads, so verify your route with our directions.

CHECK IN from 5-7pm  Thursday. You can get settled in & just relax until the mixer (generous hors d’oeuvres & drinkies) around 8pm. The actual cheesemaking won’t start in earnest until Saturday, so if you need to arrive late or miss Thursday altogether, no kittens will die. Monday morning, checkout is officially after breakfast, but you can check out whenever it’s convenient for you–including Sunday night, if your schedule requires.


Cheese School covers a lot of ground, but the tone is very casual and relaxed. We’ll get started around 10am, eat lunch around 1-ish, followed by a break, then resume until early evening. Dinner’s at 8. After dinner, you can relax on your own, or gather back up.

QUESTIONS? Email or call Nikol(


Thanks to Jan Wilson for all the great photos!