Vern Caldwell, Proprietor, Pholia Farm

After retiring from the Marine Corps in 2005, Vern and his wife, Giannaclis, moved to the land where Giannaclis grew up and founded Pholia Farm. Using milk from their Nigerian Dwarf goats, they began to produce farmstead, aged, raw, goat cheese.

Vern has over ten years of experience at Pholia, and was a member of the Rogue Creamery cheese-making team from 2007 to 2012, thus he has a strong understanding of the day-to-day needs of both small and medium cheese makers. In addition to being a goat farmer and cheese maker, Vern is also on the board of the American Cheese Society and a founding board member of the Oregon Cheese Guild.

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Pholia Farm Creamery and Dairy is named after Vern and Giannaclis’ two daughters, Phoebe and Amelia. The farm is located on 23 acres at the base of Elk Mountain in Jackson County, Oregon, about 10 miles outside of the town of Rogue River. It sits on land that is part of 220 acres that Gianaclis grew up on.

The farm is off grid and the focus is on happy, healthy animals; permaculture and forest restoration; education; and outstanding cheeses. Pholia also provides a memorable farm stay experience in a refurbished 1970 Airstream Land Yacht.

In the summer of 2016, Vern and Giannaclis made their last batch of cheese for Pholia Farm and focused their energy on the production and development of another product, Cheezorizo™, a vegetarian cheese-based sausage.