Farmstead First, LLC, was formed in 2005 by Krista Dittman and Charuth Loth. Their farms pooled resources to purchase equipment in order to create cheese using milk from their farms. Now they operate a cooperatively owned and managed diary processing facility.
But that’s not all they wanted to accomplish. They also wanted to bring the craft of cheesemaking to anyone interested in learning. So they formed an organization that would allow them to bring a value-added product to their operations, as well as reach out into the community to educate anyone willing to learn.
Farmstead First is a partnership between two farms: Branched Oak Farm and ShadowBrook Farm. This allows the two farms to share the work of starting a dairy operation as well as help to market their products cooperatively. Clover Cove Ranch Dairy is also currently marketing their cheese with Farmstead First at the Lincoln and Omaha farmers markets. To date there have been five cheese makers rent the facility and many have come to take classes. Visit www.farmsteadfirst.com for more details about upcoming cheese making classes.