It’s four in the morning. Everyone else is asleep in her small alpine town, but Taelyr Pfeiffer has been up all night drinking Nespresso and waiting to flip cheeses.
This was a common occasion for Taelyr the year she interned in Germany at an artisanal creamery through the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX) program. As an international agriculture major at Cornell University, she had other overseas farming experiences, but had always wanted to spend time in Germany, where her grandparents immigrated from. She was particularly interested in the dairy industry due to its cultural cache in the country.
“I just really wanted to explore the culture surrounding cheese, dairy, and traditional pastoralism,” said Taelyr, who had experimented with making her own cheese in the past. “This seemed perfect opportunity to do it.”