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Countryside Back to Basics Workshop



April 1st, 2017

Countryside Back to Basics Workshop


Does the idea of taking something as simple as milk and turning it into artisan cheese appeal to you?  What about enjoying fresh eggs from your own flock of backyard chickens?

Simplicity, self reliance, a desire to do more with less; these are traits shared by many people today who are searching for a more authentic and simple life.  Countryside Network would like to help.

Countryside Network is proud to present our Back to Basics workshop.  Choose from 6 specific courses (or take them all) and get an introduction to skills that can enhance, and simplify your life.

  • Meet the editor of Backyard Poultry magazine and discuss how to care for your own flock of poultry.
  • Learn to craft artisan cheese from fresh milk.
  • See what it takes to raise a herd of dairy goats and learn about the different breeds available.
  • Explore what it would take to start a cottage food business and the basics of home food preservation.
  • Learn about the best grapes and how to grow them for winemaking on the Front Range.
  • Discover the wonders of Beekeeping and harvesting your own honey.

Please join us on April 1st  2017, and start your journey Back to the Basics.  Click Here to learn more about individual classes and purchasing tickets.

Workshop instructors:

Kate Johnson, Owner/Cheese Coach at The Art of Cheese.


Kate Johnson is the owner and main “Cheese Coach” at The Art of Cheese, an artisan Home-Cheesemaking School based in Longmont, Colorado.  She and her family raise Nubian, Nigerian Dwarf and Oberhasli dairy goats at Briar Gate Farm, which is how she got her start in cheesemaking.  Having a ready supply of delicious farm-fresh goat milk, she initially taught herself to make cheese for her family and friends.  Once she perfected some of the simpler cheeses, she decided to further her education by taking an advanced cheesemaking course from Larry and Linda Fallaice of Three Shepherds Farm of Vermont as well as a class from the San Francisco “Milkmaid”, Luella Hill.   She has won many champion and blue ribbons for her cheeses at the Boulder County Fair and taught cheesemaking classes for several years through Colorado State Extension Services, the City of Longmont, Front Range Community College, Boulder Valley Lifelong Learning, at local wineries and breweries and in private homes before opening The Art of Cheese in 2014.  She currently teaches most of her classes in the Cheese Education Center located within the Haystack Mountain Cheese Creamery in Longmont.  Students can learn to make a wide variety of cheeses from goat, cow and sheep milk that can be sourced from local farms, dairies and grocery stores.

When not making cheese or teaching cheesemaking, Kate  also co-leads The Goats & Galore 4-H Club and is the Utility Goat Superintendent for the Boulder County Fair.

John Martin, Stonebridge Farm Winery


John Martin operates Stonebridge Farm Winery as part of Stonebridge Farm CSA just east of Lyons CO. In the micro-vineyard at Stonebridge 18 hybrid varieties are being trialed for suitability to this region. John teaches small-scale viticulture, pruning, and winemaking classes and consults on established vines. For information on classes and how to purchase Stonebridge wines please contact John at frontrangebackyardviticulture.com

Pam Freeman, Editor of Backyard Poultry and Countryside & Small Stock Journal magazines.


Pam Freeman is the editor of Backyard Poultry and Countryside magazines. She is the author of Backyard Chickens: Beyond the Basics (Voyageur Press, 2017) available now for pre-sale and in stores May 1, 2017.  Pam’s chicken-keeping started after she received four Silver Laced Wyandotte chicks from the Easter Bunny.  Her flock quickly grew and she launched pamsbackyardchickens.com. In the years that followed, she hand-raised chicks, nursed chicks and chickens back to health, and experienced the entire lifecycle many times over. Pam is also a resident “Ask the Expert” columnist for Backyard Poultry magazine and continues to write regular posts and articles about chicken keeping and homesteading. In her spare time, Pam loves to hunt for antiques, bolster her life list as a life-long bird watcher, plus tend her herb and perennial gardens that are set up to encourage local wildlife such as bees, butterflies and birds.

Anne Zander, CSU Extension of Boulder County


Anne Zander is the Family & Consumer Sciences Extension Agent for Colorado State University Extension of Boulder County.  The CSU Extension of Boulder County office is located in Longmont, CO on the Boulder County Fairgrounds.  Anne is one of several CSU Extension Agents in this office that provides education and research from the CSU campus to residents in Boulder County and also along the Front Range.  Anne has been conducting classes and trainings in food safety, food preservation, nutrition, and health since the Colorado Cottage Food Act passed she and her team members are teaching monthly CSU Extension Cottage Food Safety Trainings that provide a 3-year food safety certificate.  To date over 600 cottage food producers have been trained in food safety when preparing foods in their home kitchen that they are they selling to the public.  Her contact information is azander@bouldercounty.org or 303-678-6238.

Josh Vaisman, Apiarist and Instructor


Josh Viasman is an avid beekeeper and instructor in Northern Colorado.  An active member of the Northern Colorado Beekeepers Association, Josh has been involved in the education of new beekeepers on behalf of the association and privately.  Like most people who study apiculture, Josh started into beekeeping as a hobby, and offers valuable experience to those wanting to start beekeeping about the learning curve involved, what to do, and what not to do when getting started.  When not tending to his three hives, Josh is a Hospital Administrator and Partner at Avenues Pet Clinic in Cheyenne, WY.  He lives in Firestone, CO with his wife, Greta.






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