Both Ramini and McClelland will be part of farm tours offered by the fifth annual artisan cheese festival March 25-28 in Petaluma.

Lynne Devereux, the festival executive director, said in the coming years she expects consumers to see more cheese varieties made here and to experience how the flavors of local milk are turned into products that define "what California tastes like."

Sheana Davis, the host and creator of the Sonoma Valley Cheese Conference and a cheese maker, said farmers like Bianchi-Moreda aren't just making great cheese. They're also finding a way for the next generation to stay in agriculture.

"She saw the future of her children being part of her business," Davis said.

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