I currently write about and research food and farm issues for the Center for Media and Democracy‘s Food Rights Network. When I’m not staring at computer screens, I milk cows one day a week, play around in our plot at the community garden, ferment foods, cook, hang laundry to dry in the backyard wearing a dorky orange apron full of clothespins,  enjoy learning about nutrition and food history and culture, and try to talk myself into riding my bike even when it’s over 100 degrees or under 50. My partner works in the restaurant industry, so we spend quite a bit of time around food. I want to be a farmer again someday — when we can afford a little bit of land — and enjoy working on friends’ farms and in our own gardens in the meantime.

Other than farming, I’m into fiber — spinning, knitting, and I’d love to try more weaving someday — and fiber beasties; food that’s good, clean, and fair; renewable energy, alternative housing (especially underground!), and sustainable living generally; and various and sundry other things. I like to put on a dress and sandals and go dancing, drinking, eating, knitting, etc. somewhere that’s not the little non-profit office where I work often enough to keep me sane.

History of this blog:

Several people suggested that I start a blog when I started apprenticing on my first farm, Apple Pond Farm, in February 2007. I resisted because I had a feeling I wouldn’t have much time, especially online time, and I was right. Then, when I moved to to a small diverse farm near the Finger Lakes in May 2008, I had two full days off a week, I generally felt more comfortable with the world of farming, and I wanted to get back into writing more regularly, so I gave it a shot.

I worked at Apple Pond Farm during February and March and then Markristo Farm until the end of October. Apple Pond was almost all animals– horses, sheep, goats, chickens, and a couple of turkeys– and Markristo Farm was all about greens and green beans, with a few other veggies for the market in Great Barrington. They sell to restaurants, wholesale, and the GB market plus a small one there in Hillsdale. Apple Pond markets directly from the farm. For my third farm, then, I wanted something different from both. 2008’s farm was small, manageable for two farmers, their daughter, their draft ponies, one apprentice, and some occasional part-time help off-season, but very diverse, with lots of animals, some veggies, herbs, mushrooms, etc., and they market almost exclusively through the Ithaca farmers market. It was a great learning opportunity.

When I moved to Madison, I blogged mostly about my gardens. Then I took a long break from blogging. Because I now write for work, I don’t know how often I’ll be updating this blog, but my F(ermentation)log posts arrive here, and I’ll try to post a little about our garden as well. Enjoy!


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Our farm friends the Travises in Central IL, are looking for 30# of Floriani Red Flint corn to grow. Know any sources besides FEDCO & SESE who are sold out?


Chef Tom

Comment by Thomas Leavitt

No, sorry, I got it from SESE last year if I remember right, and I haven’t bought more this year, as I lost both of my garden spaces over the fall/winter. Good luck to your friends!

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