Melanie Dietrich Cochran
- Cumberland County
114 Lesher Road
Newburg, PA 17240
Melanie grew up milking Jersey cows on her parents' farm. She returned to the farm after graduating from Va Tech, and helped to milk while working off-farm. Her first PASA conference introduced her to cheesemaking and in 2001, she began making cheese and farming full-time.
Along with her husband and mother, Melanie milks 45 registered Jersey cows and make 21 varieties of aged, raw milk and fresh cheeses, yogurt and chocolate pudding. They sell their cheeses at farmers' markets in Washington, D.C. and Carlisle, PA and to stores and restaurants from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia. Melanie is a strong supporter of PASA's Educational programs and feels that they are a great resource for farmers. She has been instrumental in developing the Cheese and Value-added Dairy pre-conference tracks, has hosted two field days and teaches a 3-day Beginning Cheesemaking class. Melanie serves on the board of the Farmers on the Square Market in Carlisle, Pa and has served on the Takoma Park Farmers Market board.
Melanie was first elected to the board in 2008.