Yellow House Cheese is a family farm. There are no employees. It’s just the four of us. Lambing, milking, feeding, watering, making cheese and going to market—just us.
It is our goal to raise $20,000 to purchase a pasteurizer, milk pipeline, bulk milk tank and cold storage for our small family farm. This upgrade will allow us to produce fresh, pasteurized cheeses-- think soft spreadable cheeses, cheese curds, unique bloomy rind cheeses. Expansion will allow us to move our milking parlor setup to the farm where we can graze our lush pastures while milking, upgrade our milk handling, cooling and safety, plus add cold storage to ripen and store our new cheeses.
What we do is authentic and honest. We work hard. We are proud of what we do and hope that you can support us in our fundraising. Gift levels range from $15-$5,000. Any and every amount is valuable to our campaign. We would really be humbled by your support. We are the connection to your food and we are proud to share our farm with you.
Yellow House Cheese is a small town, small acreage enterprise in Seville, Ohio. The four-acre family farm currently houses the milking sheep flock, milk parlor, and creamery. A twenty two acre farm, located 8 miles north east of the creamery, houses the sheep flock, lambs, goat herd, cattle, chickens and ducks. We are excited for this farm expansion and the flexibility it will bring to our business.
This opportunity gives us the ability to expand, but still remain small scale. It expands our options without the risk of quick growth and uncontrolled overhead and employee expenses. We need this expansion to continue to grow the business we’ve developed. We are very proud of our raw milk cheese, but truth be told, are often daunting to the cash flow our business needs. At our busiest, costliest time of year, we are always 60 days away from cheese income. Expansion would not only improve cash flow, but also help us provide a more steady, year round inventory.
Expansion will diversify our cheese offering between fresh, pasteurized cheeses and aged, raw milk cheeses. With ever-changing government dairy regulations, this pasteurizer would ensure that we could continue to make cheese if raw milk cheese regulations change at any time. Both the milking and cheese making equipment increase our food safety handling both at the farm and in the creamery. This transition to a fresh grass based system will keep hay costs low, keep the barn cleaner and ultimately the ewes happier.
This Kickstarter campaign is the first time we have ever reached out to ask for help. We took the risk to start this farm in 2011 and are proud of what we do. We have built this business proudly on our own and it is very humbling to ask for your support.
Risks and challenges
Honestly, everything we’ve done to this point has been a risk. We’ve been in business since 2011 and are confident that this expansion is the right thing to do at just the right time. The current challenges include:
Learning new equipment
Repurposing and retrofitting used equipment
Developing and perfecting new recipes
Betting on the trend of local food staying popular
Trying to grow a business in the risky dairy industry
Competing as a small family farm against corporate agriculture
We are committed to this farm, business and lifestyle. We love what we do and we are so proud and honored to share our farm with you.
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