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Important New Cheese Book Available

November 7th, 2017 | Posted by GuildGuy in Cheese Love | Guild Info - (0 Comments)

The Guardian has just published an article outlining one of many compelling stories chartered in Bronwen and Francis Percival’s new book on the cheese industry called Reinventing The Wheel. The authors are currently on tour promoting the book at various book AND cheese stores across America.

I have read the book and would highly recommend it to anyone who cares about the future of Good Cheese in an era of increasing focus on food safety. The Percivals traveled extensively through Europe, Britain, and the US to research the book and the information presented is as authentic to my own experience as a cheese maker and cheese science nerd. They present a compelling case that the two ideas are compatible IF we’re all willing to abandon myths and ideologies.

Looking For New Guilds!

September 11th, 2017 | Posted by GuildGuy in Guild Building | Guild Info | Networking - (0 Comments)

If you know of a new cheese maker’s guild that has been formed and would like to connect with this larger group of guilds, please notify us at info@cheeseguilds.net

Why A Cheese Guild Network

June 11th, 2017 | Posted by GuildGuy in Guild Building | Networking - (0 Comments)

Cheese Guilds are not a new idea in the US, and there are many that have been active for years, if not decades. Some are more active than others, and there are still some regions of the US and Canada where cheese makers would like to form a Guild but have not yet been able to.

Meanwhile, for the past few years, representatives of active and forming Cheese Guilds have been meeting once a year for a breakfast at the American Cheese Society conference to discuss their work and figure out a meaningful and productive way for these Guilds to interact with each other, as well as with the “national Cheese Guild” aka the ACS.

Recently the idea of active collaboration between Guilds has been put forward, and this site represents one possible tool for that collaboration. This site seeks to be a way for any cheese maker to discover and explore the Guild efforts in their region, as well as elsewhere. At the same time Guild members can describe the work they do, their goals and timelines, and put forward ideas that could be picked up by other Guilds and/or the ACS that will increase the ability of all of us to produce more and better cheese.

All of this information will be generated by the people and Guilds themselves, and connections made through this web site are free to be developed elsewhere. The intention is not to ask for more work from the Guilds or ACS, but to collect, organize, and build on the information that already exists in these disparate areas. Hopefully this will inspire new information, new ideas, and ultimately new efforts in the cheese world. Thank you for visiting.