Saturday, January 21st 2017, Delano Senior Center
“Life Cycle of a Family Ag Enterprise”
9:00 Gather for Tiny Footprint Coffee
9:30 Chapter Update
10:00 Anne Borgendale, Artisanal Cheese Start-up
11:00 Lucie Amundsen of Locally Laid Eggs
12:00 Lunch (Potluck)
1:00 Board election
1:15 Greg Reynolds of Riverbend Farm
2:00 Panel discussion with Anne, Lucie, and Greg
2:30 Wrap up, chapter board meeting, and retire to local pub
Anne Borgendale grew up a dairy farm in Lac qui Parle County and has a degree in chemistry from the University of Minnesota, Morris (UMM). It was at UMM where Anne became active with the local foods movement. She worked with the Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota for 6+ years, and with Buy Fresh Buy Local Upper Minnesota River Valley. Following the call of cheesemaking, she apprenticed at Cricket Creek Farm, Williamstown, MA and worked as an Assistant Cheesemaker at Shepherd’s Way Farms, Northfield, MN. She was also a Cheese Buyer at the Linden Hills Food Co-op, Minneapolis, MN. For the past two years she has been an Assistant Cheesemaker at The Lone Grazer Creamery (TLGC), Minneapolis, MN. Through the years Anne has taken cheesemaking coursework at the University of Wisconsin, University of Vermont, and classes with Peter Dixon in Vermont. In early 2016, Anne started her own cheese company, Brynhild Creamery. While still working full-time for TLGC, she has started to make small batches of her own cheeses renting creamery time and aging space at TLGC. Over the past year she has started taking the slow steps to build a business and a brand, along with the planning involved to build her own creamery on her family’s farm (however, the Borgendales no longer dairy and the milk is being produced by a neighbor). Brynhild Creamery uses milk from grass-fed cows to create approachable cheeses inspired by the prairie. The inaugural cheeses are a Minnesota gouda and a tomme with the piquant and salty notes of an Italian mountain cheese.
Hear all about their bid to have a Super Bowl ad and the controversy over their company name, “Locally Laid”:
Greg Reynolds is a long-running mainstay in the region. He’s operated Riverbend Farm, which has been certified organic since 1994, west of Delano for over two decades. Always innovative and outspoken, Greg and his wife, Mary, were recognized by Midwest Organic & Sustainable Education Service as Organic Farmers of the Year in 2015. For this event, Greg will talk about his “mature” farm, his views on sustainable farming and the local foods movement, and life in general.