“Seasoned with Purpose”

Employees Gain Business Savvy at Shemesh Farms in Malibu, CA

Written by: Madelyn Gagnon

Based in Malibu, California, Shemesh Farms hires adults with diverse mental and physical disabilities in its mission to teach employees life skills ranging from marketing strategy to beekeeping. Also known as Farm Fellows, Shemesh team members each take on a variety of roles at the farm. “The Farm Fellows help maintain the farm and garden […]

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Scoop Local

Tyler Malek, Head Ice Cream Maker of Salt & Straw, Shares the Backstory Behind the Company's Unique Flavor Creation Process

Written by: Madelyn Gagnon

Like many great chefs hailing the virtues of farm-to-table cuisine, Tyler Malek, Head Ice Cream Maker at Portland-based ice cream company Salt & Straw, constrains his flavor palette to utilize artisanal ingredients local to each of its 15 locations—so much so that you’ll never see more than three of the same flavors from one shop […]

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A New Cherry Heyday

Wisconsin's Stalwart Growers Reinvent the Fruit as a Form of Craft Agriculture

Written by: Elyse Glickman

The evolution of cottage industries into large-scale commercial movements has defined the American economy since its inception, yet the emergence of craft beers, craft spirits, and farmers markets from coast to coast underscores exactly why the former seem to be back in full force. With the uniformity that comes from mass production, is it surprising […]

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Taking Root with Lou Preston

Owner of Preston Farm and Winery, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, CA

Written by: Chelsea Kurnick

AFTER FOUR DECADES OF FARMING, raising livestock and making wine, Lou Preston can barely remember his former life as an accountant. He blends into the field, with his un-groomed beard, weathered sun hat and vegetable oil–powered Mercedes (license plate: Vedgy). As a teenager, his father invested in a farm near Healdsburg, CA, but it was […]

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From Sicily to Naples, Florida

Chef Vincenzo Betulia of Osteria Tulia Leads a Farm-to-Table Revolution in the Sunshine State

Written by: Madelyn Gagnon

Move over, Florida oranges: There’s a new crop in town. The state harbors nearly 32,000 acres of tomato fields, yet many are unaware Florida also grows the largest amount of fresh-market tomatoes in the U.S. The largest tomato producer across the pond in Europe, naturally, is Italy, so it makes sense that Sicilian-born chef Vincenzo […]

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The Next Big Thing

A Rocky Mountain Revolution is Brewing within Colorado's Down-to-Earth Dining Scene

Written by: Ruth Tobias

Foodwise, the American West has long been defined by its borders. The abundant produce and seafood of its coastal areas and the strong Hispanic and American Indian influences found along its southern edge tend to dominate the culinary conversation, while the Rocky Mountain states at the region’s core can be dismissed as mere meat and […]

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Greening the Green

The complexities of “organic” cannabis

Written by: Taylor Haynes

The cannabis industry is getting greener in more than just one way. As demand has increased among consumers for more transparent business practices and growing techniques, so has the desire for all-natural or organic cannabis. Alongside wine aficionados or Whole Foods shoppers, cannabis connoisseurs are seeking out higher quality products — flower that is better, healthier […]

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Seeds of Hope

The uncertain future of Michelle Obama's White House Kitchen Garden

Written by: Taylor Haynes

In 2009, First Lady Michelle Obama, aided by local school children, planted the first seeds of what would become an impressive garden on the grounds of the White House, overflowing with vegetables, fruit and herbs. Nearby, the White House beehives keep busy pollinating the garden and making honey, which is often used as a gift […]

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#THCThursdays: PremaFlora for Plant, People and Planet

Written by: Taylor Haynes

Imagine a farmers’ market. The air is filled with jubilant chatter and the booths are exploding with fresh produce — bushels of kale, ripe squash and bright red apples beckon. Now imagine there is also a booth displaying mason jars filled with buds of deep green cannabis. There might be an earthy scent drawing passer-bys closer, […]

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