Bet the Farm: The Dollars and Sense of Growing Food in America

"The coastal elite who takes on an Iowa farm might smack of sitcom fare, but Bet the Farm is an essential look into the reality of an American way of life that is profoundly misunderstood by the majority of Americans. This is a story only Hoffman can tell, as an outsider with decades of experience writing about agriculture who also immerses herself in the experience firsthand."

- Andrew Cotto, author of Outerborough Blues and contributor, New York Times

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Use the Book in Class

A downloadable study guide can help structure classroom or book club discussions around a range of topics, including transitioning land from one generation to the next, the cultural mythologies surrounding agriculture, and the history of growing commodities in the United States.

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Beth enjoys meeting with groups and classes to discuss the book. Click here to set up a time for her to meet with your class or book club.

Topics List

What is covered in the book and how can I use it in my classroom? Click here for a look at the types of topics covered in the book.