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Achadinha Cheese Co.


Jim, Donna, William, Daniel, Elizabeth, and David Pachecho


230 Acres of farmland in Petaluma, about 47 miles to San Francisco


Jim Pacheco is a third-generation dairyman on both sides of his family. He runs a small family farm and cheese company with his wife, sons, and daughter. The Pachecos pasture 150 goats and 70 cows (“the girls”) on 230 acres along with horses, sheep, pigs, dogs, cats, chickens, and ducks. Everything they do is about saving the family farm. All of the milk produced on the ranch goes into Achadinha’s farmstead cheeses. “The girls” are fed brewer’s grain from two local breweries, whey with kombucha, and the best hay the family can find. No hormones, antibiotics, or pesticides are used. The flavors of the cheeses change based on what the girls are eating and the season.

Fun Fact

The Pachecos strongly believe in the importance of knowing where our food comes from. According to them, it’s the goats and cows who run the farm, not Jim, Donna, and William.


750 Chileno Valley Road
Petaluma, California 94952


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