Having the opportunity to politely throw cheesecake into the face of Wisconsin dairy police must have been quite a thrill for young Bill Anderson. I sampled some half-dozen cheeses and talked to Bill about his aspirations last Spring– and I was so impressed with his excitement about his rare craft. His raw blue cheese is heavenly. Ohio dairy lovers welcome Bill to the state and to the Snowville Creamery where we anxiously await the products. First chance I get, I will head on down for a tour.–Augie
My Farewell Speech to Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
by Bill Anderson
Thank you for the opportunity to speak today.
My name is Bill Anderson. I am 25 years old. I was born and raised in Wisconsin, and have lived here for my entire life. Though I grew up in the suburbs of Milwaukee, I just completed the entire Wisconsin cheese maker licensing program, and passed the final exam yesterday. I should also mention that my mother grew up on a diversified family-run dairy farm in central Wisconsin.
However, this week I am making the biggest move of my life. I am moving to Athens, Ohio, to start an artisanal cheese program for Snowville Creamery, in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains.
But before I leave my home state, I would like to share some of my thoughts and observations with this Board of Directors. As someone who greatly cherishes local sustainable agriculture, artisanal cheese, and the community of people who share those values, it was not an easy decision for me to leave Wisconsin and seek opportunities elsewhere.
Today, America’s Dairyland stands at a crossroads. There is a clear choice before you: Agriculture or Agri-business? Shall we sacrifice the family dairy farm at the alter of profit and commerce? Or shall we nourish the types of culinary and agricultural traditions which make nations like France and Italy famous — and might I add, models for our Wisconsin cheese makers today?
Conducting business is a reality in our modern market-driven economy. However, it would be a grave mistake for us to believe that the interests of business ought to trump human concerns such as environmental quality, health, social justice, and local democracy.
Sadly, my experience in Wisconsin has led me to believe that this state is increasingly placing the values of commerce and industry over the interests of the people of the state, particularly in the realm of agriculture.
View a sample of the paper version of Living Food. For just $5 I will email you the full PDF version– or for $25 Annie will send you 25 new, crisp ones complete with hole punches. Make some extra dough selling em for two bucks a piece (including holes) or hand them out to those who are hungry for the real food.