The cheese work is part of a broader endeavor by OSU to boost its support of Oregon’s food entrepreneurs. Beer brewers, winemakers and cheese makers are among the beneficiaries of the initiative.
Even as a little boy in the small California town where he grew up, Raul Vera was his mother’s favorite helper when she put on big feeds for the extended family, or catered huge meals around the family’s backyard barbecue pit.
Does this mean these early students spent all their time outside the classroom cloistered in ascetic seclusion, like members of a religious order? Not even close. They lived, as young people have always lived, taking risks, acting crazy, and doing things their parents, I’m sure, had warned them against.