September Cheesemaking Course: Reviving the Ancient Art of Cheesemaking In Your Home

pile of cheeses_edited-3 very small

Top going clockwise: red pepper cheese, green-tea olive cheese, farmer’s cheese, giant cheese curd, fennel seed cheese, cheddar.

Date: Saturday, September 9, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Twa Corbies Hollow Organic Farm 45 minutes from Antigonish and New Glasgow (register for directions).
Contact Info: twa.corbies.hollow at
Fee: $25 (Please pay by email to reserve your place)

Are you interested in learning to make homemade gourmet cheeses? Want to create something unique and special for the family? Join us at our homestead, Twa Corbies Hollow, for an all-in-a-day cheesemaking course. You will learn:

  • How to select equipment and milk for cheesemaking.

  • How to make rennet, citric and vinegar based cheese curds.

  • How to transform those curds into cheeses.

  • How to preserve cheeses by salting, waxing or pickling in oil.

  • How to season and spice cheeses for sweet and zesty holiday treats.

rainy day goats

A pair of goats from our dairy flock.

And for those who feel especially ambitious, we will even go over the merits of raising goats, sheep and cattle to produce your own dairy.  You will get higher quality milk from animals raised on grass, free of antibiotics and disease.  We will introduce you to our little goat flock and go over what is necessary to raise enough small dairy animals to support a family.  Anyone living in a rural area can do this.

And for those who just want to make cheese, complete instructions will be supplied on the entire process, as well as how to supplement some essentials, such as rennet, with natural abundant alternatives such as yarrow.

The class will be held at our backcountry cottage not far from Garden of Eden, Nova Scotia (about halfway between New Glasgow and Antigonish and off the road a half dozen miles). Pre-registration and prepayment will be required so that we can estimate how much material we will need for the class. No special equipment is required of participants, but we suggest you bring something to write notes on.

To register, contact Daphne by email at:

A simple spiced cheese.

A simple spiced cheese.

Our background: Nine years ago Daphne and Cliff relocated to Nova Scotia from Alaska where they lived at a remote wilderness cabin for many years, perfecting many arts and crafts of traditional self-sufficiency. Cliff is a registered psychotherapist as well as an expert tracker, wild food forager, organic farmer, horse trainer and fiddler who is best known for his books on the spirituality of living well with nature (see his website ). Daphne is accomplished at herb gardening, goat husbandry and many of the traditional skills of homesteading and each year crafts and preserves nearly all the food their family requires. Each year, from their semi-remote homestead, Cliff and Daphne offer courses on traditional skills of self-sufficiency.

(Due to Nova Scotia’s absurd restrictions on traditional foods, milk used in the course will be bovine milk from a registered dairy.)

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