Driving Food Home

The articles published by the Collective between June and September 2014 were written collaboratively by Ali Mediate, Sarah Anderson, Evelyn Block, and Sera Deva. Articles published by the Collective through November and December 2014 were written collaboratively by Rachael Saland and Sera Deva.
Driving Food Home has written 35 posts for Driving Food Home

The Homestead Education Center (Starkville, MS)

Nestled in the small town of Starkville, MS, The Homestead Education Center was founded in 2011 to answer the call for real food in Mississippi. In a state where large scale industrial agriculture — mostly soy, corn, cotton, and beef — dominates and Wal-Mart is the primary food source, “farmers don’t really grow food, they … Continue reading

The Human Path (San Antonio, TX)

The view from The Human Path’s 50-acre plot spans from their mined landscape of a previous quarry to highway 281, the passing traffic within earshot. Minutes from downtown San Antonio, The Human Path has taken a different approach to self-sufficiency. Food, as always, is an integral part of their operation, but they have also incorporated … Continue reading

The Yard-to-Market Co-Op (Austin, TX)

Whether it be a byproduct of the school or the capital city itself, Austin, TX is a liberal mecca we found ourselves in after a long, flat drive through West Texas. There is no shortage of urban agriculture in this “Portland of the south”, so, for our investigative pursuits, it became a matter of examining … Continue reading

Agritopia (Gilbert, AZ)

After purchasing a fifty-acre parcel from the original homesteaders in the 1960’s, Jim and Virginia Johnston continued cultivation of the acreage producing wheat, cotton, and sugar beets while raising three sons in what was rural Arizona. With rapid development in the 90’s, the Johnston’s sought to foresee how their farm would fit into the rapid expansion … Continue reading

East End Eden Permaculture (Ojai, CA)

With no college plans and months away from graduating high school, Connor Jones leaned back in his chair in his Algebra II class and hit his head on a bookshelf. Bill Mollison’s Introduction to Permaculture fell on his head; with a glance at the cover, Connor knew he had found his own curriculum. He had … Continue reading

The Little Lake Grange & Farm School (Willits, CA)

The Fraternal Order of the Grange is a tool underutilized by farmers of our generation. Originating in 1867 as a movement of rural farmers collaborating to combat railroad monopoly, Granges are now established at a national, state, and local level; however, this network is little known by young farmers, as the age of Grange members generally … Continue reading

Livepower Community Farm (Covelo, CA)

Fall leaves littering the drive and painting the trees with rainbows, the windy road of California Highway 162 brought us to Covelo, CA, a farming community in the truly panoramic “Round Valley.” Stephen and Gloria have been farming on the 90 acres that makes up Livepower Community Farm for over 30 years. They focus on … Continue reading

The Food Project (Boston, MA)

After an eye opening and wonderfully inspiring experience with the ladies of the Driving Food Home Collective, I continued my summer plans to travel east following our stop at The Lama Foundation in Taos, NM. While home in New England, I chose to visit a few urban farms and gardens before returning to Olympia, WA to serve as the new KGP … Continue reading

The Final Sunset (Wrapping up Driving Food Home: Part I)

Although our physical journey ended as abruptly as it started, it feels time to tie some ends together allowing the larger ideas to surface. With the ladies each touching down at their home base, providing a few days for rest and reflection, we now are ready to present you with our final thoughts on our … Continue reading

Patchwork Urban Farms (Asheville, NC)

From artists to musicians to farmers, Asheville, NC is truly an oasis in the generally conservative rolling landscape of North Carolina, a home to the motivated younger generation committed to changing their world. Our short visit only gave us a taste of some of the unique approaches people in the area are taking on living … Continue reading