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.
Our News Fellows have produced book trailers for Gwen and Sprig. Built out an extensive archive of climate friendly recipes. Helped research and write books on regenerative gardening. Added to our archive of helpful hints for would-be carbon farmers. Shared our message on social media channels. Launched email campaigns that have landed author interviews and book reviews. Engineered crowdfunding campaigns, tracked down book ideas, worked on website design, and taken over any number of special projects, like the recent request from a partner to recommend kids books with an environmental message. They’ve also written dozens of solutions-oriented stories, a number of which have been picked up by our partner, Independent Media, and shared with millions of readers.
Prospective News Fellows can apply for a Spring, Summer, or Fall session, each of which runs four months. The program is part-time and remote. Participation in the program gives Fellows a chance to:
improve environmental writing and editorial skills;
develop digital marketing expertise;
gain project management experience;
parse site traffic and google ads;
develop design skills;
work on nonprofit development;
learn about the business of independent publishing;
get experience in business and partnership development.
In the course of reporting and spreading the word about the good food movement, most graduate from our program as activists. Every one of them leaves knowing more about how to write and create meaningful engagement around issues that matter to them. With your help we can continue to support the development of our News Fellows. Please donate, or reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
MEET OUR NEWS FELLOWS FOR SPRING 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. She has worked as a copywriter, and wants to harness her experience in agriculture and education to facilitate dialogue around the implications of our everyday food choices. After spending two years in Cuba, England, and Spain, Isabella now lives on the North Fork of Long Island, where she can be found sorting oysters on the Peconic Bay or crafting with friends.
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 while growing up in the Central Coast region of California. She ran around her grandparents raspberry farm and regularly watched her dad create fine dining masterpieces as a chef at Pebble Beach. During her time at Cal, she has combined her love of food and writing, crafting articles that teach college students how to cook healthy, low-waste, 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 proselytizing to 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.
Laura is a recent graduate from the University of Florida where she studied Environmental Science and Sustainability Studies. She is now living in the Bay Area after pursuing a post- baccalaureate in Environmental Design and Urban Planning at UC Berkeley. During her studies, she developed a passion for environmental preservation, public health, and cultural engagement. These passions combined led her to the good food movement. She loves to learn about sustainable food systems and how mindful food cultivation and preparation can bring back a global spirit of environmental mindfulness, health, equity, and community. She is a devoted ballet dancer who loves to travel, hike, and explore local cuisines.
Jennifer grew up in the suburbs of Washington, DC. Since earning a B.A. in Creative Writing from Hollins University in 2003, she 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, before landing on an organic vegetable and seed farm for a season in Southern Oregon. She completed a solo thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail in 2018. Jennifer can usually be found bent over an oven trying out a new recipe or wearing a backpack, as she navigates her way through a foreign village or across a mountainside. She’s currently enjoying off-grid living in a cob community in Southern Oregon.
Julia is a North Carolina native whose love for food started with her grandmother’s cornbread and fried apples. Her full time adoration of nature (with a special soft spot for the Appalachian Mountains) drew her back to the land after a brief career as a stage manager in Chicago. She has spent the last four years farming, studying, cooking and generally getting covered in mud in an effort to learn what it takes to make food production sustainable for the land and for farmers. Julia is currently pursuing a Sustainable MBA so she can work to make farming a successful enterprise for all of those who are passionate enough to pursue it.
Tia Schwab is a senior at Stanford University studying Human Biology with a concentration in Food Systems and Public Health. She was born and raised in Austin, TX, and her passion for creating a healthier and more sustainable food system began after reading Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma. While at Stanford, Tia has studied in Santiago, Chile, and Oaxaca, Mexico, and spent her summers working on food security, ethical journalism, and health policy. In her free time, Tia likes to read, paint, and spend time outdoors.