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NAFTA's 'Broken Promises': These Farmers Say They Got The Raw End Of Trade Deal. NPR's The Salt. From tomato growers in Florida to cattle ranchers in Montana, some farmers bruised by NAFTA think it has favored agribusiness over small-scale farms.

How A Wild Berry Is Helping To Protect China's Giant Pandas And Its Countryside. NPR's The Salt. April 2017. The schisandra berry is at the center of a dramatic new approach to conservation, helping to save both the forest where it grows and the villagers who harvest it.

Bears Ears Monument Is A Win For Tribal Food Sovereignty. Will Trump Undo It? NPR's The Salt. January 2017. Tribes called for a national monument to protect a landscape where they've gathered for for millennia. But what will happen under Trump? 

Before steroids, Russians secretly studied herbs. National Geographic. August 2016. During the Cold War, this Siberian plant was researched as a potential miracle-drug for Russia's Olympians and soldiers.  


Want to Start a New American Homestead? There's a School for That. 
Civil Eats. March, 2016. Forget law school. Sterling College teaches students how to steer a plow and ferment sauerkraut. 

Seven ways climate change could kill you (really). The Guardian. January 2015. Climate change is as bad for our health as it is for the planet's. 

Death of a Family Farm. Fast Company. November 2014. When things go wrong in a family business, they go really wrong.  



Forget Tofurkey: Here's a New Batch of Meat Alternatives.                 Civil Eats. October 2014. Veganism goes artisanal, with tuna made from tomatoes and wheat-based chorizo. 

Want to Be an Artisan Cheesemaker. Here's where to start.
Civil Eats. September 2014. Warning: You had better like dishsoap as much as lactose.

The Mother Orchard Project: A Gold Rush of Heirloom Fruit.  
Civil Eats. September 2014.  Can these stalwart old trees outside Nevada City, CA be the cure to what ails commercial fruit farming? 


American Gaythic: LGBT Farmers Gain Visibility.                           
Civil Eats. August 2014. The national Rural Pride Campaign brings queer agrarians into the conversation about LGBT rights.     


"Plan Global, Eat Local: U.C.'s Food Initiative Starts on Campus."       Civil Eats. July 2014. Dining Halls and Campus Farms under the U.C. Global Food Initiative. 


"Grower Social: The Farmer's Guild" 
Civil Eats. July 2014. Looking for a tractor-- or a date? The Farmer's Guild is the "it" destination for agrarian socializing.

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"The Good Meat Club: The Butcher's Guild."
Civil Eats. July 2014. A profile of the 200+ meat slingers who make up the bad ass membership of the Butcher's Guild.

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"The Love Lives of Rural Farmers: How to Make Rural Romance Work." Civil Eats. June 2014. Six months of talking to farmers about marriage and dating.

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"Terra Firma: A Film about Women, War, and Healing on the Farm." Civil Eats. June 2014. This new documentary is not another story about "messed up vets."

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"Women-Run Meat Co-op Bands Ranchers Together."
Civil Eats. June 2014. Four female ranchers in Yolo County, CA challenge the assumption that going at it alone is always better.

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"Organic Dairy Farmers Hit Hard by Drought."
Medium.com (via FERN). February 2014. CA's drought forces some farmers to give up their organic certification.

 

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I talk farmer romance with radio show host Michael Olson on the Food Chain. August 2014.

 

BYOBoyfriend in the Country. Or why a twenty-something urbanite decides to ask farmers about their love lives. YouTube. December 2013.