New ACS Board Directors
Bio: Pat Ford, co-founder of Beehive Cheese Co, started his adventure in cheesemaking back in 2005. With the help from their friends at Utah State University, they developed their recipe, built their facility and started making cheese after a week of instruction, how hard can it be after all? Beehive Cheese has made a name for itself with a Rubbed Rind technique, one of their most notable cheeses is Barely Buzzed, an Espresso and Lavender rubbed cheese, a 3-time ACS blue ribbon winner.
Statement of Intent: The American Cheese Society has been an invaluable association, giving Beehive Cheese the opportunity to meet and forge relationships with the other ACS members, allowing us to learn and grow. My desire, if elected, would be to help ACS to continue to be the leader, the resource, the educator and the mentor to the wonderful art of crafting cheese. I would be willing to serve in whatever area needed, with a focus in Marketing or Education.
Bio: Jeff is a licensed Wisconsin Cheesemaker with a broad background in science, food and business management. He founded Caves of Faribault, artisanal makers of world champion Gorgonzola and blue cheese, in 2001. He has served on a number of boards including North Central Cheese Industry Association. He is a member of WCMA, WSCI, Slow Food and ACF. Jeff has been active in ACS since 2001; from presenting on panels to serving on the newsletter committee to helping set up for the Festival of Cheese!
Statement of Intent: If elected, I would focus my efforts on preserving the right to responsibly make aged cheeses from raw milk while ensuring that all cheesemakers are properly trained and qualified in current food safety systems before presenting products to the public market. I am also interested in cheesemaker education from milk selection to affinage.
Sue Conley, (Peggy’s business partner,) and Peggy served as co-chairs of the ACS Conference which was held in San Francisco in 2004. Peggy has also served as a panelist for several conferences, regarding topics such as the challenges of small retail operations and distribution networks.