Culture

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We all deserve healthy and affordable food

It wasn’t until I started growing some of my own food that I realized how many resources go into everything we eat. These shifts in perspective started me on the journey of connecting the dots between the choices I make surrounding my food and their greater impacts on the planet.

January 14, 2021 | by Moji Igun

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What we ate in 2020

We asked the Closed Loop community what nourishing themselves looked like this year and while we all experienced 2020 differently, we shared some comestible commonalities.

December 30, 2020 | by Maia Welbel

Shower your friends + family with handmade love

Leaning into the DIY this holiday season. If you’re interested in handmade delight, we have a few ideas that will make your loved ones swoon.

December 18, 2020 | by Kaitlyn Chock

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Small scale soil care with Katie Burdett of Granor Farm

We spoke with Granor Farm manager, Katie Burdett, to hear how a small scale farm adapts during a pandemic, what organic farming means in 2020, and why local food is the path forward to a sustainable future.

December 9, 2020 | by Maia Welbel

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I will probably spend Thanksgiving alone this year, but I *think* I’m fine with it

We’re in a tough spot because gathering is a very important thing for people to do; we’re social creatures and we need to socialize. As for me, this year, I’m going to try to opt out of the holiday as much as possible.

November 19, 2020 | by Kaitlyn Chock

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A brief history of growing food while Black

The intergenerational wisdom shared in digital communities make it abundantly clear that Black people growing food is not some new trend. We’ve been out here all along.

November 12, 2020 | by Moji Igun

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Honoring the husk with Caroline Cotto of Renewal Mill

Caroline Cotto from Renewal Mill spoke to us about upending food waste with upcycled ingredients, contending with venture capital culture, and revolutionizing the startup food space.

November 5, 2020 | by Maia Welbel

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Earth care, people care, and fair share with Pandora Thomas

Pandora Thomas is an activist, educator, designer, and caregiver building sustainable systems for an equitable future. She is a force to be reckoned with and one of our fav interviewees.

September 10, 2020 | by Maia Welbel

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Good mood food with Liz Moody

The cookbook author, writer, podcaster, and former food editor at mindbodygreen speaks openly about her mental health journey, and how it’s ultimately guided her career. She’s always candid with her community, whether discussing body image, relationships, or getting messy in the kitchen.

September 1, 2020 | by Maia Welbel

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Future Farming with Smarter by Nature

On the Smarter by Nature farm, sustainability is the guiding principle for cultivating the land, the amount of space used, and caring for the soil. It’s the way of the future y’all.

August 18, 2020 | by Maia Welbel

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10 cookbooks by BIPOC plant lovers

We’ve rounded up 10 of our favorite cookbooks written by BIPOC chefs and plant lovers for the next time you’re seeking inspiration. Snag one (or two or five) from your local indie bookstore or library, and let us know what you create!

August 4, 2020 | by Maia Welbel

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Food sovereignty with One Love Garden

Shannon and Andy are the proud proprietors of One Love Garden, a small-scale organic farming operation in Maple City, Michigan that supplies heaps of nutrient-packed vegetables to local families every week.

July 22, 2020 | by Maia Welbel