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.
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.
Trevor comes to Stepladder with cheesemaking experience from his time at Beecher's, Garden Variety, Jasper Hill, and Bleating Heart. He is a fermentation addict and spends much of his free time making jun, kombucha, vinegars, krauts, and other funky preservations. You can find him in your local hot spring or traveling when he's not in the creamery.