Our founding farmers are the Wavrin Family. Bill Wavrin and his wife Laurie were joined by his brother Sid and wife Kelly in the early nineties, and now, three generations are involved. In 2009, the family purchased what is now our dairy in Ferndale from the Larsen family, who had farmed here for three generations. Bill's son Daniel had a desire to stay involved with the family business after growing up working on the farm, and while attending school at Cal Poly University in 2011, he discovered artisan cheese. With the support of his father and uncle, they began the process of building a creamery. Construction started in 2013 after dozens of visits to artisans and universities in the heartlands of American cheese from California to Wisconsin to Vermont.
Good milk makes good cheese, and we are lucky to have the farmers on our side. Whether it is feeding calves at six in the morning or harvesting corn through the night, our farmers and the crew are devoted to keeping the farm humming and to keeping our cows happy. By their side is our herdsman and team of people that milk the cows and who work day in and day out to produce clean and pure milk for our cheese. They have been chosen for their great respect of the animals and an enthusiasm for doing things right every day.
Our cheese artisans are the key to making sure our end product is consistently authentic. Our cheesemakers have nearly 50 years of combined experience. They have worked for award winning creameries such as the Cellars at Jasper Hill, Beecher's Cheese, and Mt Townsend Creamery. With a dedication to Food Safety and Quality, our young and veteran cheesemakers work together to create great local cheeses.
The Ferndale Farmstead team consists of cheesemakers, milkers, and equipment operators that keep our process alive. They work hard to make sure you have the safest, highest quality food available. They have education and experience in food production such as tree fruit, potatoes, seafood, berries, wine grapes, and bottled milk. We pride ourselves in the excellence of our employees, our crew is our family.