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Cheesemaker Wanted

FULL TIME CHEESEMAKER AND DAIRY PLANT MANAGER

Organic and biodynamic dairy is looking for a full-time cheesemaker and dairy plant manager to join its team. HAWTHORNE VALLEY FARM DAIRY was founded in 1980 and is an established and growing business that makes yogurt, cheeses, and quark in its on-site dairy plant, using milk from our own cows. Located in the Hudson Valley of New York, HVF sells its line of dairy products at its own full-line natural foods grocery store here in Harlemville, NY, at its stand at New York City’s renowned Union Square Green Market, through markets in the Berkshire and Albany areas, and some products are sold throughout the Northeast through distributors.

Cheesemaking experience is preferred, but a passion for farm-fashioned, artisanal cheese is the most important criteria. Other qualities that are essential are a willingness to be part of a team, the desire to learn, careful attention to detail, a strong work ethic, high standards, and the desire to create delicious and attractive products that reflect our respect for food and our commitment to quality. (A sense of humor and a good nature are also appreciated!) We are seeking an enthusiastic and inspired individual to develop the dairy’s product line and outlets and strengthen our current and future positions.

Hawthorne Valley Dairy is part of a dynamic and exciting organization called Hawthorne Valley Farm that includes a sixty-cow dairy herd, a 15-acre market garden, a full-line natural foods and grocery store, an on-site dairy processing plant, and a Community Supported Agriculture program. (For information on HVF, please go to www.hawthornevalleyfarm.org.)

Located in the hamlet of Harlemville, HVF is about 35 miles southeast of Albany. It is twenty minutes from Hudson, New York; a half-hour from the Berkshires of Massachusetts (well-known for its cultural, arts, and outdoor offerings); 2.5 hours from New York City; and 3 hours from Boston. The area offers the combination of a quiet and beauty of a rural setting, accessible outdoor activities, and the amenities and attractions of metropolitan areas.

This is a full-time position that offers an excellent benefits package; salary range is commensurate with experience. Please send your resume to Laura Manchester (HVF, 327 Route 21C, Ghent, NY 10275), laura@hawthornevalleyfarm.org, or fax to 518.672.7457 (to the attention of Laura).