There has been a movement afoot in recent years to make connections between what we eat, how we live and the planet. Modern Farmer exists for people who want to be a part of that movement—it is for window-herb growers, career farmers, people who have chickens, people who want to have chickens and anyone who wants to know more about how food reaches their plate.


We recognize the escalating importance, even urgency, of global agriculture issues and want to raise awareness through excellent, independent journalism (and the occasional baby animal picture.) Modern Farmer is a media brand for the New Food Culture—we are a daily website, print quarterly, events series, and online store.

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The Team

Ann Marie Gardner

CEO and Editor-in-Chief
Before creating Modern Farmer, Ann Marie worked at Monocle magazine as a Founding Editor and as an editor at T:Travel The New York Times Magazine.

Reyhan Harmanci

Executive Editor
Reyhan is wild about miniature animals. Previously, she was West Coast Editor at BuzzFeed's FWD tech vertical, Culture Editor at The Bay Citizen and a staff writer at the San Francisco Chronicle.

Andy Wright

Senior Editor
Andy was the Web Editor of the SF Weekly and Assistant Culture Editor of The Bay Citizen. She is an avid hay maze enthusiast.

Jake Swearingen

Digital Director
Jake Swearingen has worked at LA Weekly, SF Weekly, Wired, Business 2.0, CBS Interactive, and Livingly Media. His favorite farm animal is the Oberhasli goat.

Jesse Hirsch

Staff Writer
Jesse has been writing on food for years, for outlets including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the San Francisco Chronicle. He is excited to talk about what happens before food hits the plate.

Molly Birnbaum

Managing Editor
Molly Birnbaum is the editor of the America's Test Kitchen cookbook The Science of Good Cooking and the author of the memoir Season To Taste: How I Lost My Sense of Smell and Found My Way. Previously, she was a Senior Features Editor for Cook's Illustrated magazine. Obviously, she loves to make a mess of her kitchen.