We’re taking a break from workshops this year, but plan to resume in 2023. Sign up for our mailing list for a heads up when we update our calendar. 

This is a hands-on workshop and space is limited!

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Cheese School is held in the fall, every other year. Hands-on classes are taught by home cheesemaker Char Osman and made with locally produced milk and cream. Green Dirt Farms presentation by award-winning sheep’s milk cheesemaker Sarah Hoffman.

The cost  includes all your supplies and classes, plus 4 nights’ accommodation and meals.

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, then roll up our sleeves and make some yogurt and butter, plus start crème fraîche. Friday and Saturday will be chock-a-block with hands-on home cheesemaking. You’ll learn to make ricotta, paneer, chèvre, feta, mozzarella, 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 and dairy products, 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

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!


Cheese School includes everything. Register with a 50% deposit. You’ll pay your balance when you check in. Deposits are refundable until the month before; after that, no refunds.



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, beer, and wine) around 8pm. We’ll start a few dairy product Thursday night, but the real 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!