Bio: Sarah Hoffmann provides the active day-to-day management of cheesemaking and marketing at Green Dirt Farm, LLC, a small sheep dairy and farmstead creamery near Kansas City, Missouri. Sarah’s educational and professional background, and her entrepreneurial commitment to farmstead cheesemaking make her well qualified to contribute a small business, food safety and farmstead cheesemaker perspective to the ACS board.
Prior to starting Green Dirt Farm in 2002, Sarah had a successful career as an academic physician. Her educational background includes a chemistry degree from Bucknell University, M.D. from University of California-San Francisco, and board certification in Internal Medicine following training at the University of Washington.
Commercial cheese making began at Green Dirt Farm in July 2008. Green Dirt Farm cheeses earned American Cheese Society awards in 2009 and 2010. Sarah is an active member of the Dairy Sheep Association of North America and the American Cheese Society.
Letter of Intent: As an ACS board member, I would like to contribute additional farmstead cheesemaking perspectives to the organization. The economic and safety issues that face very small-scale cheesemakers are a greatly magnified rendering of the issues that face all producers in the industry. The smallest operations are often the most innovative but at the same time are the most vulnerable. I believe that valuable insights can be gained for the entire industry by attending closely to the challenges that confront us.