Ralph Smith, North Coast Co-op Meat Department

Ralph Smith is the Head of the Meat Dept at the North Coast Co-op — you know what they say about getting to know your butcher, that’s the way to get the best cuts of meat.  Ralph and I talked about how to develop that relationship and the types of things you can ask a butcher to do for you…to listen…click here

Monty Caid, Lost Foods

Monty Caid has recently started Lost Foods, a non-profit dedicated to educating people about native plants — medicinal and edible.  If you would like more information about Lost Foods, stay tuned — the interview will be posted soon!

Gianaclis Caldwell, Pholia Farms

Pholia Farms

Gianaclis Caldwell and her husband own Pholia Farm in Rogue River Oregon.  There she raises some very sweet dairy goats, write a blog, wrote 2 books — one on how to start a farmstead cheese business and the other, most recent book, on making cheese — how does she have the time?…I think she must wonder the same thing!

Cheesemaking Class offered by Gianaclis Caldwell

Check out her website and her fascinating blog  where I learned why they dis-bud goats

The business end of the dairy goat herd

(remove the cells that turn into horns — so they don’t get caught on fences).

Part 1

Part 2

The Farmstead Creamery Advisor:The Complete Guide to Building and Running a Small Farm-Based Cheese Business

by Gianaclis Caldwell.

Mastering Artisan Cheesemaking: The Ultimate Guide for Home-Scale and Market Producers– by Gianaclis Caldwell and Ricki Carroll (Queen of Cheese), coming out September 2012.

Takelma cheese, the various varieties of artisan cheese produced by Pholia Farms are named after local landmarks…but are much more tasty!

Jacob Pressey, Humboldt Regeneration

Jacob Pressey is starting a new business in Humboldt called Humboldt Regeneration — it will be a CSB, a Community Supported Brewery.  So, you get the picture, you get a growler — and bring it in to refill it every week with a new blend of beer (blend?…as you can see, beer isn’t my beverage…yet…) You buy in one month at a time — sound like something you’d like to do?  Check it out…

Interview with Jacob Pressey

Steven Dugger

Steven Dugger is one of those guys in Humboldt who holds down several jobs in the food biz which is one of those things that make him a very interesting person — recently he offered two classes at the North Coast Co-op, one on Tea, the other on Molecular Gastronomy (I know!  HUH?!) —

Molecular Gastronomy


Fran Teall, Centerville Farms

Fran Teall joined us to talk about her organic low sugar fruit spreads — to listen to the interview, click here.

To check out the website for Centerville, click here.

Calvin Shultz, Rancher and Local Food Advocate

Calvin Shultz is a rancher from Ferndale — many know him as the Stove Man.  That’s how I met Calvin — he carried a gigantic wood stove into our house BY HIMSELF and set it up.  His family has lived in this area for several generation — and he is also part native american, so on that side of his family, forever.  When he talks he reminds me of Joel Salatin — he had truckloads of crab backs from Pacific Seafoods delivered to his farm to enrich his soil and to save it from being trucked down to San Leandro (over 300 miles!) to be disposed of.  Of course…when they started smelling up the neighborhood, he wasn’t very popular!  To listen to a 2-part interview with Calvin —Part 1, Part 2!

Michael Kraft and Kathrin Bridgwater, SBDC Food Flight

Have you been thinking about starting a food related business in Humboldt County?  The SBDC has started a program to help nurture and support people who are on their way!

The North Coast Small Business Development Center is launching an 8-month business assistance program aimed at small value-added food producers looking to improve their business acumen and to increase the success of their enterprises.

This is an opportunity for local businesses to participate in a free, intensive training, mentorship, and resource development program.

To listen to the interview click here or, check out their website.