Year in Review: The Farmers and Food Folk We Met Along the Way


The “Meet the Modern Farmer” profile series has actually been a staple of Modern Farmer for almost a years, and it’s one of our preferred things to deal with. Why? Due to the fact that it provides us a possibility to speak to a range of farmers, yes, however likewise all sorts of other individuals associated with the food system, from yard garden enthusiasts to fisherfolk to innovators attempting to resolve difficult issues with sustainable options.

Here are 5 of the manufacturers, farmers and garden enthusiasts who struck home with readers this year. Take a look at the complete archive of Meet the Modern Farmer stories here.

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We understood emperor butterflies count on milkweed for survival, however we didn’t understand simply the number of individuals appreciate milkweed and are taking private action to support butterfly populations in their own lives.

After seeing the vibrant conversation triggered by our profile of Steve Bushey, we understand much better. Bushey grew amazed with native plant types in Maine more than 20 years earlier, after transferring to the area. He recognized the environmental significance of milkweed, in some cases deemed a bug plant, and turned to collecting seed pods and motivating garden enthusiasts to plant the flower.

Scores of readers chimed in in the post remarks to share stories of how they support milkweed plants and– by extension– emperor butterflies, from Nova Scotia to Florida to California and beyond. Check out the story and join in the discussion here.

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Craft beer enthusiasts might recognize with Alaskan Brewing, however this profile of brewery creators Marcy and Geoff Larson surpassed what’s on tap to clarify the amazing lengths to which the couple goes to develop sustainability into their company.

Spurred by a desire to safeguard the fragile regional environment of remote Juneau, AK, the Larsons have actually efficiently gotten rid of most of the waste that developing develops, repurposing it back into the beer-making procedure utilizing skillfully created closed-loop systems to save and recycle resources and lessen their carbon footprint. Read about their story here.

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Without Mother Earth, “we have absolutely nothing,” states Oaxacan engineer Martha Jimenez Cardoso, who internalized the worths of sustainability maturing in a farming household in the little Indigenous town of Santa Maria Tlahuitoltepec Mixe.

As director of sustainability at Astral Tequila, Cardoso handled the issue of the plentiful waste developed as by-products of the tequila distillation procedure, comprised of liquid overflow and fibrous residues of the agave piña. She assisted to leader an option that integrates soil with waste by-products to develop adobe-style bricks, which are then contributed to develop homes for individuals in the surrounding neighborhoods. Read about her story here.

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” It’s crucial to grow food, no matter who you are,” states Ibado Mahmud, who assisted begin a Phoenix-based cumulative of yard homestead garden enthusiasts with an objective to grow both food and justice. “Let’s return to our forefathers and develop our own food.”

Mahmud is amongst the intergenerational group of Black Muslim refugee moms leading Drinking Gourd Farms, which sources produce from a string of metropolitan gardens and disperses to households who do not have the cash or time to grow their own healthy food. It’s about sharing understanding, supporting a city neighborhood, and possibly one day broadening into a farm-size parcel. Read about their story here.

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From an early age, Krista Tripp understood she wished to captain of her own lobster boat. ” But, as a lady, my moms and dads didn’t actually take me seriously,” she states. Lobstering is a difficult, physical field that’s generally controlled by guys– however females are progressively taking area on the water on their own.

Our profile presents a few of those females, from 13-year-old ambitious lobsterwoman Marina Landrith to Heather Strout Thompson, who picked the sea over the blueberry fields. “I may refrain from doing things the precise method a guy does things,” she states. “But I can finish the job.” Read the full story here.


These 5 are simply a few of the lots of individuals we’ve profiled in 2023, and over the preceding years, who are making special contributions to the food system. To learn more, have a look at the complete archive of Meet the Modern Farmer stories here.

Do you understand of somebody we should include in the brand-new year, or are you curious about a subject we should check out in 2024? Let us understand utilizing this form.


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