Civil Eats Launch

posted January 7, 2009

We’ve already shared a post from the blog Civil Eats, but now the site has officially launched!  Congrats to all involved – a great resource for foodies, greenhorns, and sustainably-minded folk in general.

Below is the press release about the launch for the site, but click here for  an exciting series of posts about Young Farmers!  Most recently, Greenhorns friend & ally Gordon Jenkins writes about the greenhorns-guidebook.


CIVILEATS.COM LAUNCHES, PROMOTES CRITICAL THOUGHT

ABOUT SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE AND FOOD SYSTEMS
New York, NY-   CivilEats.com launched its new Web site today. An offshoot of the highly successful Slow Food Nation blog, CivilEats.com promotes critical thought about sustainable agriculture and food systems as part of building economically and socially just communities. With more than 40 contributors from the good food world, CivilEats.com supports the development of a thought-provoking, innovative dialogue among local and national leaders about the American food system.

SlowFoodNation.org was created in anticipation of Slow Food Nation, the largest celebration of American food in history, which took place in San Francisco over Labor Day weekend 2008. The site received nearly one million page views from its launch in June leading up to the event and the blog received close to 125,000 page views. Since its soft launch in late October, CivilEats.com has received nearly 10,000 hits, and has been linked to Time magazine’s Web site, Culinate.com, San Francisco Eater, SFoodie, Ethicurian.com, feministing.com, among other sites.
CivilEats.com will feature writers on the issues facing our food system, including chef Bryant Terry’s “Grow. Cook. Grub.” series, which aims to help people feed themselves healthfully, simply and cheaply. Youth food movement leader Gordon Jenkins will focus on the need for new farmers in his “Young Farmer Series,” a regular column that investigates the barriers new farmers are encountering. In “Roof Gardening for Rookies,” managing editor and neophyte gardener Paula Crossfield will document her attempts to create an edible garden, from research to harvest, on her co-op’s roof in Manhattan.

The site will cover a wide range of topics, from rebuilding a local food economy, to how-tos on gardening and cooking, food and energy policy news, stories on the environment, our health, life on the farm and the business of food production.

Current contributors include:

Tamar Adler, former editor of Harper’s Magazine and chef at Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California;
Paula Crossfield, co-founder and managing editor of Civil Eats and contributing producer at The Leonard Lopate Show on New York Public Radio;
Caroline Cummins, managing editor of Culinate.com;
Curt Ellis, Food and Society Policy Fellow and co-producer of the documentary King Corn;
Debra Eschmeyer, marketing and media manager of the National Farm to School Network and the Center for Food and Justice;
Anya Fernald, former program director of the Slow Food Foundation and Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF), former executive director of Slow Food Nation and co-founder of CivilEats;
Aaron French, ecologist and eco-chef at The Sunny Side Cafe;
Kurt Michael Friese, editor of Edible Iowa River Valley, author of A Cook’s Journey: Slow Food in the Heartland, and chef/owner of Devotay restaurant in Iowa City;
Michelle Fuerst, private chef and cooking teacher formerly of Zuni Café and Chez Panisse;
Jennifer Goldstein, doctoral student in cultural geography at University of California, Los Angeles;
Emilie Hardman, sociologist, vegan baker and blogger at consciouskitchen.net;
Rose Hayden-Smith, Food and Society Policy Fellow focused on providing gardening and food systems education to youth, educators and communities;
Katrina Heron, former editor-in-chief of Wired magazine, former senior editor of The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine and Vanity Fair, board member of the Chez Panisse Foundation, former Board President of Slow Food Nation and co-founder of CivilEats;
Gordon Jenkins, former content coordinator of Slow Food Nation and the director of Eat-Ins.org;
Jerusha Klemperer, writer and the program manager for Terra Madre at Slow Food USA and managing editor of the Slow Food USA blog;
Paige Lansing, former development coordinator of Slow Food Nation;
Jessica MacMurray Blaine, a food writer and teacher based in Eugene, Oregon;
Cerise Mayo, program director for the New Amsterdam Market Association;
Annie Myers, Reynolds Scholar at the Gallatin School of NYU concentrating in Agriculture and Regional Food Systems;
Raj Patel, author of Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System;
Sarah Rich, editor at Dwell magazine, former managing editor of the Slow Food Nation blog and co-founder of CivilEats;
Naomi Starkman, food policy media consultant, former director of communications and policy of Slow Food Nation and co-founder of CivilEats;
Bryant Terry, eco-chef, Food and Society Policy Fellow and author of the forthcoming book Vegan Soul Kitchen;
Amber Turpin, food writer and cookie company owner based in Santa Cruz, California;
Kerry Trueman, co-founder of eatingliberally.org and contributor to Huffington Post;
Mark Winne, author of Closing the Food Gap: Resetting the Table in the Land of Plenty;
CivilEats.com welcomes new voices and ideas. If you would like to contribute to the conversation about our food system, please contact managing editor Paula Crossfield at editor@civileats.com.