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WASCA Members are Finalists in 2022 Good Food Awards 599 349 admin
WASCA Members are Finalists in 2022 Good Food Awards

Cascadia Creamery (Trout Lake) and Girl Meets Dirt (Eastsound) are finalists in the 2022 Good Food Awards. Cascadia Creamery is a finalist for their cheese Glacier Blue, a natural-rind, raw-milk, organic blue cheese. Girl Meets Dirt is a finalist in the category of elixirs for their Barrel Aged Peach Tree Bitters, Island Pear with Bay…

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Lost Peacock Creamery is a Grade A Goat Dairy in Olympia, Washington. We specialize in fresh and aged goat cheese. Also, goat yoga! At Lost Peacock Creamery the goats have wings, the pigs have polka dots, and the trees hug us back. Everyone has a place at our table. And no, we don’t milk the peacocks
Lost Peacock Creamery Featured in Tilth Podcast 1500 1485 admin
Lost Peacock Creamery Featured in Tilth Podcast

WASCA licensed cheesemaker member Lost Peacock Creamery was featured on the Tilth Alliance’s Farm Walks Podcast (season 2, episode 10). In the podcast, Rachael Taylor-Tuller shares her story of transitioning from the Air Force to full-time farming, as well as the effects of animal husbandry on her own health and well-being. member to being a…

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WASCA Director Interviewed on Cheese Podcast 697 436 admin
WASCA Director Interviewed on Cheese Podcast

WASCA’s executive director, Courtney Johnson, was interviewed on the July 28 episode of The Mobile Monger Podcast. The podcast is a series developed by veteran cheese professional and Washington resident, Janee’ Muha. Janee’ interviewed Courtney about her many cheese-related projects, including her role as our executive director and how WASCA works to support local cheesemakers.…

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WASCA BOD Member Passes Wine Specialist Exam 500 750 admin
WASCA BOD Member Passes Wine Specialist Exam

WASCA Board Member Rachael Lucas can now add the title Certified Specialist of Wine to her credentials. Lucas, who was already an American Cheese Society Certified Cheese Professional and Certified Cheese Sensory Evaluator, passed the Society of Wine Educators’ CSW exam on Saturday, May 22. Lucas, who is an Enthusiast Member of WASCA, runs the…

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WASCA ED Talks Cheese Guilds on ACS Cheese Chat 1000 389 admin
WASCA ED Talks Cheese Guilds on ACS Cheese Chat

WASCA’s Executive Director, Courtney Johnson, was on the American Cheese Society’s May 20 Cheese Chat with ACS President Jeremy Stephenson & Vice President Lynn Giacomini Stray. Courtney joined Oregon Cheese Guild’s Executive Director, Katie Bray, to talk about cheese guilds and how they work with the ACS Guild Leaders Network to support American cheesemakers. The…

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Harmony Fields makes artisan, farmstead sheep cheese and grows WSDA certified 100% organic herbs. Our mission is to produce nutritious, high-quality food and medicine using organic and ecological farming techniques.
Harmony Fields Featured in Skagit STEM Video 1200 300 admin
Harmony Fields Featured in Skagit STEM Video

Harmony Fields (Bow) is currently taking part in a STEM project for 3rd-5th graders created by Skagitonians to Preserve Farmland. They created this short video about the farm to help spread the word about the agro-ecological work Harmony Fields is doing.

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WASCA Initiates First-Ever GiveBig WA! Campaign 440 398 admin
WASCA Initiates First-Ever GiveBig WA! Campaign

On May 4 and 5, WASCA is taking part in its first-ever GiveBig WA! Campaign. GiveBig WA! allows non-profit organizations to fundraise through the GiveBig platform. The donation drive takes place twice a year, but participating organizations can receive donations at any time. As a 501(c)6 organization with few opportunities to apply for grants, WASCA…

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Spring 2021 Newsletter 2560 2560 admin
Spring 2021 Newsletter

Greetings WASCA Members!  Newsletter Contents Message from the Executive Director FDA Sampling Assignment Comment on Additional Traceability Requirements The Cheese Map is Live! Membership Benefits – Help Us Get Them to You Another New Benefit: Roux Washington Cheese Stickers on the Way Welcome, New Board Members! Committee Updates In the News Message from the Executive…

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Award Winners, WASCA Featured in Cheese Reporter 320 320 admin
Award Winners, WASCA Featured in Cheese Reporter

Cascadia Creamery, Ferndale Farmstead, and Samish Bay Cheese were featured in an article in Cheese Reporter published on March 19, 2021. The cover story, titled, “Washington State Cheese Community Growing, Gathering Artisan Honors,” recognized the three creameries for sweeping the North Region category for cheeses in the 2021 Good Food Awards. The article went on…

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WASCA Director Shares Pairing Secrets with Tilth Alliance 1006 624 admin
WASCA Director Shares Pairing Secrets with Tilth Alliance

The Tilth Alliance just shared a Valentine’s Day story with local cheese-pairing tips from WASCA’s Executive Director, Courtney Johnson. Johnson shared three basic principles for creating pairings that last well beyond Valentine’s Day—and her suggestions featured several WASCA cheesemaker members who have listings on the Tilth Alliance’s Eat Local First site. You can read the…

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