our News Fellows
Helping us report on what's going on and get out the word on how to become part of the solution, is our team of News Fellows. They're a big part of what allows our publishing company to push for change and we're grateful for their energy, smarts, and activism.
MEET OUR NEWS FELLOWS FOR WINTER 2019
Ezra Sassaman grew up in Bar Harbor, Maine, in close proximity to Acadia National Park. Being in and around Acadia his whole life, he wants to make sure future generations can enjoy the natural beauty of the world he is so lucky to experience. In 2016, he graduated from Dickinson College with a degree in German, after which he worked as a U.S. Fulbright English Teaching Assistant for ten months near Frankfurt, Germany. He has volunteered on organic farms in Finland, Austria, Canada, and the United States. Since entering “real life”, he has alternated between traveling and working in the Bar Harbor tourism industry. He enjoys word games, playing the piano, and the feeling you get when standing on top of a mountain.
Theresa is a San Francisco native currently finishing a masters degree in Sound Arts at Northwestern. She has experience in theatre stage management and directing/filmmaking, and videography for CUESA. Beyond the film and media space, Theresa is a world traveler, visual designer, certified chef as well as certified yoga teacher, with a sprinkling of cognitive science and math for good measure.
Originally from Texas, Monica just moved to the Bay Area after stints in Malaysia, Singapore, and Philadelphia. This spring, she finished a Masters in English at Princeton University, where she pursued postcolonial and urban studies. Through this work, she became interested in the good food movement’s potential to foster broad-based, anti-elitist environmental justice, and she is fascinated by the ways that art and popular culture shape the movement. She can often be spotted at her local bookstore, taco truck, bubble tea shop, lakeside picnic spot, or a redwood trail.
Katie grew up in the rolling hills of the Idaho Panhandle and spent the past four years studying Geography and International Studies at the University of Denver. She has worked on organic farms, advocated for sustainable food through her university and local non-profits, and conducted research on food security in Uganda. When she's not farming, Katie can be found skiing in the Rockies, playing Bananagrams, or eating a good cheese board.
Isabella is a voracious reader, writer and eater. She recently graduated from Sarah Lawrence College with a concentration in Creative Nonfiction, Spanish Literature and Silkscreen Printmaking. Her work as a copywriter lies in the nonprofit sector, and she is harnessing her experience in agriculture and education to facilitate dialogue around the implications of our everyday food choices. After a two-year stint between Cuba, England and Spain, Isabella currently lives on the North Fork of Long Island, where she can be found sorting oysters on the Peconic Bay or crafting with friends!
Leigh Barber is a recent graduate of New College of Florida living in the Sarasota area. While in school she cultivated a passion for sustainable food. She majored in Political Science and wrote her undergraduate thesis on The Clean Power Plan. After graduation, Leigh decided to follow her passion for sustainability and worked on a regenerative poultry farm on Martha's Vineyard off the coast of Massachusetts. She is now working as the marketing coordinator at a law firm back in Sarasota. In her spare time, Leigh loves reading, exercising, and doing anything that revolves around food.
Nate graduated from Kenyon College in 2014 with a degree in English. He's led grassroots environmental campaigns, managed an organic farm, and currently handles communications at a statewide conservation organization in Pennsylvania. He likes to bike, read, travel, make music, and take care of his sourdough starter.
Jazmine is currently a senior at the University of California-Berkeley finishing her studies in English and Journalism. Her passion for food started at a young age living in the Central Coast region of California. She ran around her grandparents raspberry farm and watched her dad create fine dining masterpieces as a chef at Pebble Beach with pure fascination. During her time at Cal, she combined her love of food and writing, crafting articles that teach college students how to cook healthy and affordable meals. When Jazmine isn’t writing or editing, she enjoys going to farmers markets, cooking, reading, and playing with her adorable dog.
Acadia has had a life-long love affair with plants; she has mapped endemic plant species on the Channel Islands and completed plant surveys deep in the Peruvian rainforest. After graduating from Pitzer College with a degree in Environmental Science, she started a four season organic market garden. In 2015, Acadia completed a Masters in Land and Water Systems at the University of British Columbia. Acadia lives in New Hampshire and grows hops to support locally sourced craft beer in New England.
Greg Veitch is a farmer, writer, and adventurer currently living in the Colorado Rockies. He's been professionally involved in organic farming since 2011, and has grown food all across the continent, from Cape Cod to Interior Alaska. He believes that radical regenerative change hinges on education, and has dedicated this past decade to prostelyzing the masses. He's been published in various literary journals and online magazines, and has contributed to everything from cookbooks to photo essays. He spends the winter off-season on mountain tops and in canyon bottoms, exploring the earth before it changes forever. His home garden is never as nice as he wants yours to be.
Jennifer grew up in the suburbs of Washington, DC and since earning a B.A. in Creative Writing from Hollins University in 2003, has worked in retail management and ESL adult education. In 2016, she spent a year traveling and volunteering on farms and eco-lodges throughout South America, afterwards landing on an organic vegetable and seed farm for a season in Southern Oregon, and then completed a thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail in 2018. She can usually be found wearing an apron, bent over an oven trying out a new recipe or wearing a backpack, navigating her way through a foreign village or across a mountainside. She’s currently enjoying off-grid living in a cob community in Southern Oregon.