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Personal Essay

How Onions Became a Staple On My Family’s Seder Plate

Every spring, my family gathers around our Passover table, which isn’t complete without a few... (more)

Emily Baron Cadloff
Keeping Chickens Taught Me How to Give a Cluck

Our family’s backyard chickens, acquired in the early days of the pandemic, have shown me... (more)

Mira Ptacin
March 14, 2022
When the World Slowed Down, I Made Sloe Gin

Grown throughout the English countryside, the tart berries can be used to make a festive... (more)

Yolanda Evans
December 24, 2021
Learning to Grieve and Grow In My Community Garden

In the early days of the pandemic, I tended to my new plot and houseplants... (more)

Esther Tseng
November 28, 2021
How My Toddler Reminded Me of the Joys of Composting

It can sometimes be messy, but composting with kids helps introduce them to sustainable living—and... (more)

Bridget Shirvell
November 12, 2021
How Signing Up for a CSA Transformed the Way I Cook

I signed up for my first Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) membership when I was in... (more)

Shelby Vittek
July 11, 2021
The Meditative Joys of Virtual Farming

In 2020, my world shrank. In mid-March, so many of the habits and routines I... (more)

Emily Baron Cadloff
June 6, 2021
Remembering My Grandmother On Earth Day

Last Earth Day, about a month into lockdown, I got a call I’d been dreading... (more)

Shelby Vittek
April 22, 2021