As our project becomes more involved we have decided to invite a local person to help us spread the word through our website and Facebook page. We are grateful and saddened to pass the torch. Cassi has added to our project through her excitement and enthusiasm and was a great fit for our beginning blog posts. She will stay connected to us and will help us with sales and training west of the Mississippi when the time comes.
We are pleased to introduce Sarah Carlson. Sarah grew up in Warsaw and her family has had a connection to the Burley family for many years. As a child, Gary spent many hours hanging out with Sarah's uncle, Larry Carlson. They were best friends all through school and enjoyed double dating, riding snowmobiles, tapping maple trees, camping in a pop-up camper, building tree forts, riding horses and still share stories of the “good old days” when they get together. Gary learned how to milk cows and fell in love with farming on Sarah's Great Uncle's farm during high school. Her grandparents were good friends and neighbors with Gary's parents and enjoyed each other’s company while playing Euchre, a favorite card game.
Sarah is the daughter of Kevin & Gwen Carlson and has one older sister, Emily. Her father and Larry (mentioned above) are brothers. Sarah received an associate's degree in Baking and Pastry Arts from the Culinary Institute of America in 2012 and has a real passion for food. After completing an internship at Primo restaurant in Maine she decided to further her education at Cornell University where she graduated with a B.A.S. in International Agriculture & Rural Development. Her study program at Cornell allowed her the opportunity to study and travel abroad. Sarah has experienced the beautiful scenery of Nepal and conducted a research project on tea production in the eastern hills of the country. She has also traveled to Belize, England, and India on school trips to learn about Agribusiness, Value Added Products, and Garden Based Learning.
Sarah is currently employed at Cornell Cooperative Extension in Wyoming County working with the 4-H Youth Program and Agricultural Economic Development. She enjoys cooking and baking at home as always-experimenting with new cuisines, and techniques. She is also trying to expand her gardening repertoire and traveling. Scandinavia and Iceland are part of her future travel plans. What an adventurist!
When Sarah heard about our plans to make cheese she contacted us and expressed her desire to become involved. We are sure she will bring enthusiasm and energy to our project, as well as a different aspect on life.