Tasting the ‘world’s best water’ — and still being OK with tap

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This blog post originally appeared at BayJournal.com, where I’m on staff, and is appearing here with permission. Twenty-one. That was the number of bottled waters — set as sips before us in glass stemware — we judges were tasked with parsing in just one round of the recent 26th annual International Water Tasting competition in Berkeley … Continue reading

GO MONDAY: Chefs as Catalysts for Change 2015

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You know it’s fall in Washington, D.C., when there’s a panel discussion every afternoon and a new restaurant opening (or reopening) every night of the week. It’s our annual, pre-hibernation fall fest, and we do it well. Still, there’s nowhere else I’d rather be this time of year, when the leaves tempt us with their … Continue reading

Summer in Review

The Bolton family preserving foods.

I’m sitting on the deck at our new house, feeling fall between my toes. They didn’t see much sand this summer — unless watching other people vacation on Instagram counts — but I’m OK with that. I did other things. There was the aforementioned purchase of our first house in good ole’ Northern Virginia, which basically … Continue reading

Urban Farming (and me) on The Kojo Show

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As my food nonprofit friend put it to our little book club, I’m GONNA BE ON THE KOJO SHOW, and I’d love for you to tune in Wednesday at 1 p.m. [UPDATE: You can listen to the segment on the show at this link. Enjoy!] After listening to Food Wednesdays for as long as I’ve lived in … Continue reading

Small Farms Making a Living on Leased Land

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This past summer, I had the pleasure of traveling across Virginia’s Piedmont region (and a little south) to capture the stories of eight farms. My photographer friend Jami McDowell traveled with me for most of them, capturing these beautiful photos (despite very real fears that she might have to deliver my baby on that last … Continue reading

The Faces Behind our Food: A New Project

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It’s been a busy summer, y’all. For kids, in Virginia at least, it has only just begun. But, as I look out my window and watch the fireflies light up my yard at dusk — and think of how stinkin’ hot it was today — I’m reminded it’s in full swing. So, I guess you could … Continue reading

Green Festival DC — discounted tickets!

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There will be a Tesla, free yoga, performances by Step Afrika and access to (and samples of) some of the best green products on the market (read: a purse full of Lara and Clif bars). The Green Festival is returning to D.C. for its 10th year on May 31 and June 1! The festival will fill a wing of … Continue reading

Food Innovator Awards

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It’s been a crazy week, the sort of week that makes a pregnant woman need to sleep for a week to recover. But I wouldn’t trade one minute of it (OK, I would totally trade the minutes spent scrubbing the bathtub in the house we moved out of, but I digress). We moved from the … Continue reading

Rebuilding the Foodshed, Soil & Human Health — VA Farm-to-Table Conference

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year. That’s right, it’s food-and-farms conference season. It’s that time of year when production in the field slows  and farmers huddle inside event centers to discuss best practices and plot their course for the coming years. Did I mention that local farming conferences have some great local food? … Continue reading

Chefs as Catalysts for Change — Storified

Thoughtful preparations by the thoughtful Chef Jeff Witte at the Airlie Center's Harvest Dinner.

Update: In celebration of Food Day, which is today, here is a compilation of the tweets STORIFIED from Monday’s panel discussion — which went swimmingly! We learned so much from the panelists and keynote speaker Chef Spike Gjerde of Woodberry Kitchen. And, for those of you who couldn’t make it, “farm-to-table” is out — isn’t everything … Continue reading