Cedar Hill Farm
Cedar Hill Farm
We will complete our creamery and cheese cave on our family farm in order to make raw milk cheese from our 100% grass-fed cows.
We will complete our creamery and cheese cave on our family farm in order to make raw milk cheese from our 100% grass-fed cows. Read more
Hello Cedar Hill Farm Fans and Fellow Kickstarter Advocates,
Thank you for your appreciated support and keen interest!
OUR PROJECT will not only allow us to complete our creamery and underground cheese cave on our family owned organic dairy farm but it will also give us the ability to make our products onsite and invite our customers including you to the farm to meet the cows, visit the creamery and cave, and see how it all works!
With this farmstead operation we can continue to produce organic raw milk cheeses from our 100% grass-fed cows using traditional methods. Because this has always been our mission, we have had the opportunity to provide our community with a nutritious product that is both delicious and unique.
The Creamery and the Underground Cheese Caves:
Although our new creamery and cheese caves are more than halfway completed, we still have quite a bit of work ahead of us! With the support of the wonderful Kickstarter community, we will be able to raise the necessary funds to complete our project. Once we have completed the construction of these two sections of the farm, we will be 100% sustainable.
The Creamery: We're very excited about the progress we've made so far! The creamery is located near the milking parlor in our 200 year old bank barn. A viewing wall has been installed between the parlor and the creamery because, ultimately, we want to welcome the public to view our process of milking and artisan cheese making. We believe our traditional, sustainable farming methods will create a valuable learning environment for students, as well as others interested in the practices of our handcrafted products.
Although the basic structure of the creamery is complete, we still need to epoxy the floors and complete the electrical and plumbing projects. State laws mandate that we build a restroom in our bank barn, which will require us to install a septic system.
We still need to purchase and install a milk transfer loop, pump and milk lab testing equipment, as well as completing the installation of the equipment we have already purchased, including the cheese vat, pasteurizer and milk bottling system.
The Underground Cheese Cave: We are so proud to have the first cheese cave of this kind in our state!! Although most of the construction is complete, we still have to complete some vital aspects of the caves. Each of the three aging rooms still need the wood shelving on which we will be aging our cheese. In order to maintain the proper environment for aging the cheeses, we must also install an air handling system.
The completion of our project will allow us to be 100% sustainable, both environmentally and financially. Producing our certified organic, farmstead products here at the farm will contribute to the quality and creativity of our offerings.
The Aims and Values of Cedar Hill Farm:
Why Grass Fed? Research indicates that grass-fed cow’s milk contains the right balance of essential fatty acids (omega-6’s and omega-3’s which are in short supply of the American diet), more vitamins, and up to 500% more CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid) – the ony compound found in animals that actually inhibits cancer. After all, you are what you eat!
Why Raw Milk? Our bodies benefit from natural. Raw milk products retain the full complement of enzymes, amino acids, vitamins, and lactose-producing bacteria our bodies need. Pasteurization not only destroys many of these helpful enzymes but the flavor as well and can actually encourage lactose intolerance.
Why Organic? Organically produced foods are higher in antioxidants and other nutrients than their conventional counterparts. Our pastures are not treated with chemical fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides; thus, our cows’ milk products as well as the other ingredients that we use are organic.
Why Seasonal? We believe that everything has a season including farming. And because we like to work with nature, not against it, we follow the patterns of our local seasons. Our cows calve in the Spring during the beginning of grass-growing season and after they end their lactation period in the Autumn as the grass is ending its growth they take a Winter break before the next milking cycle begins in the Spring again.
Having the ability to merge these natural and beneficial qualities, makes CHF's products unparalleled. With Levi’s farm-to-table passion and quality food industry experience, Mike’s sustainable and organic farming methods in practice, and Abigail’s knowledge and skills of cheese making, CHF has a well-qualified team to create exceptional products.
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Risks and challenges
Because we are building the first underground cheese cave of its kind in the state of Maryland, there is no set standard for the final inspection once the cave is completed. We recognize this as a potential obstacle. We have been preparing for this possibility by doing extensive research on the standards for farms in other states with similar underground caves. By reaching out to these farms we've not only learned valuable information, but we've also been reminded of the passion and kindness of fellow cheese makers. We are so honored to be part of this small, wonderful community.
Thus far, the representatives from our state have been very accommodating and open to learning about this "uncharted territory". Although there is a potential risk due to the newness of this structure in Maryland, we are equipped with information and knowledge, therefore we wholeheartedly believe the final inspection will be successful.
With the funding fully pledged we foresee no other major risks or challenges that may inhibit the completion of our project. Our cheese has been well received in local farmers' markets as well as some great "farm to table" restaurants in the Baltimore area for over five years. We understand that hard work, passion, and commitment are the essential ingredients for success and that it’s not the recipe that makes a cheese great but the quality of the milk, the purity of the environment and the careful handling of its development.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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