Food and Farm Literacy for Writers and Journalists

August 3-7, 2011

It’s time to write the full story of the sustainable food movement!  This workshop is designed for food writers and journalists, to help broaden their knowledge of the methods, origins and ingredients behind the food we eat.

We have invited Gary Paul Nabhan to guide us in a discussion about Where Our Food Comes From: Retracing Nikolay Vavilov’s Quest to End Famine, and his new book Chasing Chilies, on farming, food and climate change.

What breed of chicken laid that egg? What does it take to grow a fruit tree with organic methods? Why do we eat the foods we eat? Why do Americans love cheap food? Why are we so disconnected from the land?  With all the chatter about local foods and sustainability, writers can provide the deeper details for greater understanding.

If we are to cultivate local sustainable food communities we need to recognize the riches, beauty and abundance of the harvest we all share. Food journalists are the spokespeople for what is on the menu, from urban cores- to backwaters like Rice, WA.

This is an opportunity to get past the concept of writing about food movement “rock stars” and form the alliances we need for a healthier food culture.

The workshop will include hands on cooking, gardening, goat milking and farm tours, with time for reflecting, writing and sharing.

Tuition$895 per person includes bunkhouse style lodging and meals. (transportation not included) Limited to 12 participants.


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Fellowship Requirements There are a  limited number of professional development fellowships available.