As we look back and reflect on the year that was, we here at Modern Farmer want to take this opportunity to highlight a few of our favorite features and long-read stories. These stories include personal essays and reported articles; they are pensive and exploratory, at times funny or sweet. They are also stories that you shared and commented on, helping to propel the conversation around these topics forward even further.
We hope you can revisit some of our favorite features of the year, and catch up on the stories you missed.
From oat milk to vegan burgers, plant-based dairy and meat products are gaining traction—and sparking debate over their names. But are consumers actually confused about what they’re buying?
How the canned food company helped the Garden State become synonymous with luscious red tomatoes.
What raising and harvesting chickens taught me about killing in the service of living.
The USDA has kept cheese and other dairy products in cold-storage caves for decades. But their purpose has shifted over the years.
With food inside prisons often dreary and repetitive, some incarcerated people are taking their diets into their own hands.
Often treated as a weed, prickly pear cactus has a ton of potential. But first, producers need to create a market for the versatile crop in the US.\
Landscapers are making private and public spaces more useful and planting edible alternatives to traditional plants.
Our family’s backyard chickens, acquired in the early days of the pandemic, have shown me how to slow down and rethink my moral principles.
Indigenous practitioners around the world have farmed with only rainwater for millennia. But it’s unclear whether conventional agriculture, which relies heavily on irrigation, will learn any of their lessons.
In Awe of the Pawpaw
Meet the bartender-botanist committed to reviving this humble native fruit.