Jack first discovered his love for goats after visiting a goat dairy in Northern California with his sister in high school. Shortly thereafter, he began procuring fresh goat milk and making his own cheeses at home while working at a tech startup in Palo Alto. Quickly finding himself drawn to cheesemaking more than anything else, Jack decided to purchase his own goats and move to Stepladder Ranch to take over his grandfather’s ranch operations and build a creamery and dairy. Michelle's background is in event planning and management and wine, and she moved to the central coast to attend Cal Poly and never left. Jack and Michelle met during the inception phase of the creamery, and they have been running the ranch together since.
Farrah joined the team before the creamery even opened, and quickly became a pillar of the creamery. She grew up on a neighboring ranch, and has a deep connection to this area and the goats. She started as a milker and cheesemaking assistant and now oversees all day to day plant operations in addition to being the cheesemaker with her hands in the vat every day.
Sophie manages our goats and makes sure they have everything they need and more. She studied Animal Science at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, and worked at a couple of small artisan dairies before finding her way to Stepladder. She is amazing with the animals, and is helping us to plan and manage our herd growth over the next season.
Catelyn comes to Stepladder with a background in the craft brewing industry, working previously at Beachwood, Monkish, and most recently Libertine. She has quickly picked up on all things creamery, and is also your smartphones eyes inside of our creamery. She wears many hats (and hairnets), and anchors our local farmers market program as well.
Gail is Jack’s aunt and one of the owners of Stepladder Ranch. She manages marketing and communications for the farm and also works the Templeton Farmers Market with her son, Mitch.
Mitch is Jack’s cousin and mans the booth at the Templeton Farmers Market. He is an expert cheesemonger and offers great pairings to patrons at the market.
Farmers Market Lead
Farmers Market Lead