Iowa Farm is a blog about our great adventure to leave San Francisco and move back to John's family's 580 acre farm in Iowa.  He will be the 5th generation of his family farming the land.

Beth Hoffman has been reporting on food and agriculture for more than twenty years, airing on NPR, The World, Latino USA, Living on Earth, and others. She blogged for Forbes as the Hungry Hack and studied the food system in depth as a student, fellow and co-lecturer at UC Berkeley’s School of Journalism. She has completed several documentary projects including a year cooking with immigrant women in their homes and telling their stories. She is now an Assistant Professor in Media Studies at the University of San Francisco. You can reach her at

John Hogeland grew up on the farm in Iowa, trained as a chef and butcher, and now is learning carpentry. He worked for Whole Foods for 11 years (5 of which were as a butcher) and was the Head of Commercial Sales at Prather Ranch Meat Company. He teaches butchery classes and team building events and can be reached at

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