Cheesemaker Chats

March 21, 2023 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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All current WASCA members are invited to join us for our inaugural Cheesemaker Chat! Members will receive the registration link through a listserv message. Please ensure that you are a current member and that you have added our email address (WashingtonCheese[at] to your contacts so that you receive the link.

We are delighted to have Sarah Hoffmann from Green Dirt Farm joining us for the first Cheesemaker Chat.

Sarah will give a brief presentation, and there will be time for questions. The Cheesemaker Chat will be moderated by Education & Regulations Committee Chair Jessica Gigot (Harmony Fields, Bow). About Sarah:

While working as a doctor at the University of Washington, Green Dirt Farm founder Sarah Hoffmann dreamed of running her own farm business. As a child, she loved growing up on a farm, and she took inspiration for making fine cheese and running a business from her Aunt Jean, who owned a gourmet cheese shop in an era when women business owners were rare. In 2002 Sarah acted on her dreams and inspiration to start her dairy and craft fine sheep’s milk cheeses at Green Dirt Farm in Northwest Missouri.

Today, twenty years later, the farm business is run by Sarah and her daughter, Eliza, along with a hardworking, dedicated team. The business has grown to include a retail store, café, and agritourism, all of which feature cheeses made in the cheese kitchen on our Certified Regenerative dairy farm. We are fulfilling our dreams and doing the groundwork (literally!) to craft fantastic cheese humanely and sustainably.

But you don’t have to take our word that the cheeses are fantastic. Since we started commercial cheesemaking in 2008, our cheeses have earned more than 80 awards from the artisan cheese community, including six awards at last year’s American Cheese Society competition. And we’ve been especially honored to receive Good Food Awards for our cheeses in 2018, 2019, and 2020. In 2021 Food & Wine honored us with the distinction of being among the 50 best cheese makers in the US.

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