About the Art of Cheese
Meet Kate Johnson
Founder/Lead Cheese Instructor
After dabbling with a variety of cheese recipes for several years and taking a few classes here and there, I eventually took an Advanced Cheesemaking Course from Larry and Linda Faillace of the Three Shepherds Farm of Vermont as well as a course from Luella Hill in San Francisco. I have won many blue and champion ribbons for my cheeses at the Boulder County Fair and have taught cheesemaking classes through Colorado State Extension Services, the City of Longmont, Front Range Community College, Boulder Valley Lifelong Learning, Cheese Importers and in many private homes, schools and businesses.
After years of toting cheesemaking supplies and samples up and down the Front Range to teach, I decided to pursue a brick-and-mortar location for my cheesemaking classes. In October, 2014 The Art of Cheese opened in a shared classroom space within TinkerMill in downtown Longmont. When that location closed, we moved to another shared space within Launch Longmont. In November of 2015 The Art of Cheese moved to a dedicated space in the Cheese Education Center within Haystack Mountain Cheese‘s new creamery.
In addition to being an award-winning artisan home-cheesemaker and running the cheesemaking school I also stay involved in the community as an active member of our local 4-H program, co-leading the Goats & Galore 4-H club and serving as the Utility Goat Superintendent for the Boulder County Fair. I am also a featured writer for Countryside Network’s Goat Journal (formerly Dairy Goat Journal) where I publish cheesemaking and small farm-living articles.
As much as I love cheese and goats, my biggest passion is teaching and sharing what I know with others! I hope you’ll join us at a class soon.
Meet Becca Heins
Cheesemaking Instructor/Certified Cheese Professional
I have a strong training background in addition to my love of cheese which I bring to The Art of Cheese classroom. Before becoming a cheesemaker, I worked as the Director of Learning Services at a local software company. I live with my husband, Tim, in a house full of my homemade cheeses.
Meet Kelly Liebrock
Meet Denise Milligan
Business & Website Consultant / Assistant Instructor
My interest in Spanish cheeses has led me on some great adventures, visiting cheesemakers in Spain, and learning techniques that are rarely taught in the U.S. I even won a Grand Champion ribbon at the Boulder County Fair in 2017 for my Manchego cheese recipe. I often assist teaching the Spanish cheese classes at The Art of Cheese and also teach cooking classes through my own business, Spanish Sunday.
Meet Al Milligan
About Haystack Mountain Cheese
Haystack Mountain Goat Dairy was started in 1989 by founder Jim Schott and his wife with five goats on a modest farm in Niwot, Colorado. Eventually as the popularity of their award-winning goat cheeses increased, they moved their cheese making operations to a creamery in Longmont in 2004. To keep up with demand for their cheeses, they began purchasing goat milk from the Skyline Correctional Facility Dairy in Canon City in 2007. Happily, demand for their wonderful cheeses has continued to grow and in 2015 they began construction on a second, larger creamery in Longmont. They invited The Art of Cheese to collaborate with them in this new “Cheese Education Center” and classes started taking place there in late 2015.