Lisa Waterman Gray
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Previously a restaurant cook, baker, and catering and cooking school assistant, Lisa Waterman Gray has written food-focused stories for dozens of print and online publications – from USA Today/10Best and the Kansas City Star, to offbeattravel.com, Midwest Living and Edible Santa Fe. In 2011, W.W. Norton published her travel book – An Explorer’s Guide: Kansas, which included hundreds of restaurant profiles. Contact Lisa at www.lisawatermangray.com, or lwatermangray@gmail.com.

Edible Acres at Powell Gardens Feed and Educate Students to Chefs

‘Kansas City’s Botanical Garden,’ Powell Gardens is home to the nation’s largest public edible acreage – the Heartland Harvest Garden. Here students, chefs, CSA members and the general public learn about and enjoy fresh, delicious food.

How Native American Diets Benefit From Tucson’s Indigenous Seed Bank

In Tucson, Arizona, the nonprofit Native Seeds/SEARCH maintains a ‘library’ full of heritage seeds indigenous to the Southwestern US and Mexico. Several distribution programs return these seeds to Native Americans who historically incorporated the crops in their daily diets.

Wisconsin Nonprofit Re-Imagines Traditional CSAs 

“[Our] goal is to grow a resilient local food community for organic farms,” says Layne Cozzolino, Executive Director of Farmshed, the nonprofit putting a spin on Wisconsin CSAs.

Urban Farming Organization Visualizes a Franchise Model to Produce Fresh Fish and Vegetables

In Kansas City, Missouri, Nile Valley Aquaponics is producing 100,000 pounds of local, fresh food to support the community, unveiling expansions on their urban oasis later this year.

Helping Refugees Become Sustainable Farmers

New Roots for Refugees works with refugees to build independence through farming. Empowering graduates of the program to acquire their own land, they hope farmers will expand their businesses and continue selling produce at local markets.