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Living the Dream on Green Dirt Farm

Two doctors launch a sustainable farm in the rolling hills outside Kansas City.

Sitting on 150 acres of farmland near Kansas City, Green Dirt Farm is the result of Sarah Hoffman and John Spertus' dream of living and raising their kids on a farm.
Photo By Paul M. Ingold
Soaring ceilings made of reclaimed wood warm up the concrete and brick interior of Sarah and John's home. High windows direct sunlight deep into the home. The wide open family space is anchored by a huge masonry stove at one end.
Photo By Diane Guthrie
A bookshelf-lined, pillow-filled "cuddle nook" is one of two small inset spaces lining the family room. The tucked-away spots offer a bit of privacy but are still connected with the main living space, encouraging family togetherness.
Photo By Diane Guthrie
With lovely views of the pastoral landscape that surrounds it, the simple but elegant master bedroom has a connected office space separated by giant sliding barn doors.
Photo By Diane Guthrie
In the cozy kitchen, a built-in dining booth and central island lend a casual, farmhouse air.
Photo By Diane Guthrie
The builders practiced using the unusually sized reclaimed timbers to build this barn—now the site of the dairy's popular Farm Table Dinners—before starting work on the main house.
Photo By Diane Guthrie
One of Sarah's favorite spots in the home, the light-filled landing offers a spot to read surrounded by paintings by a friend.
Photo By Diane Guthrie
Green Dirt Farm partners Sarah Hoffman and Jacque Smith have developed their grass-fed sheep by blending three breeds.
Photo By Diane Guthrie
At Green Dirt's popular Farm Table Dinners, 30 guests sit at a communal table to enjoy local cuisine.
Photo Courtesy Green Dirt Farm
One of the farm's most popular cheeses, Prairie Tomme is a French alpine-style cheese similar to Gruyere.
Photo Courtesy Green Dirt Farm
The farm fresh sheep's milk cheese, which has a spreadable curd and tangy flavor, comes in six varieties: Plain, Nettle, Garlic & Peppercorn, Lovage, Spicy Chilis and Rosemary.
Photo Courtesy Green Dirt Farm

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