We are very grateful to our talented photographers, contributors and editorial advisors for the passion, knowledge and hard work they pour into the pages of Edible Madison. Read on to meet the contributors whose work appeared in the most recent print edition.
has written scores of articles and books about Wisconsin’s food traditions and culinary culture, including the award-winning The Flavor of Wisconsin, The Flavor of Wisconsin for Kids, and Wisconsin Local Foods Journal. She is food editor for Organic Valley, president of the Culinary History Enthusiasts of Wisconsin (CHEW) and a longtime director of REAP Food Group, the cutting-edge food and sustainability organization based in Madison. She is hungry all the time.
was born and raised in the cornfields of Iowa, and after multiple attempts to escape to other parts of the world, she found herself pulled back to the black Midwestern earth of her roots. She now calls the Driftless region of Southwest Wisconsin home, where she found a passion for organic food and discovered that fields can be filled with things other than corn. Still the wandering soul, she travels far and often, and has come to know that the most meaningful art is nestled in the places one calls home.
is a cheese geek, but she didn't start out that way. Raised on Velveeta on a family farm in Wisconsin, after college she worked as a journalist and then as a spokesperson for the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture. Today, as part of her own company, Wisconsin Cheese Originals, Jeanne promotes artisan cheeses for a living. She founded the annual Wisconsin Original Cheese Festival, held every November in Madison, where consumers meet more than 50 cheesemakers and sample hundreds of Wisconsin original cheeses.
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is a Madison-based writer. Her second book, On My Honor: Real Life Lessons From America’s First Girl Scout, about Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of the Girl Scouts, came out in 2012. She is a former staff writer and columnist for The Washington Post.
holds a Communication and Journalism degree from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire. A Wisconsin native, he is a local adventurer who loves food, photos and a good wheat beer. He is passionate about enjoying food with others and capturing life in Southern Wisconsin through photography.
has worked as a garden educator since 1999. He is the education director at Community GroundWorks and an honorary research fellow in the Environmental Design Lab at UW-Madison. Nathan directs the Wisconsin School Garden Initiative as well as urban farm and garden education programs for pre-K-12 students. He provides professional development for schoolteachers, AmeriCorps members, master gardeners and community educators. Nathan writes garden-based curricula, and he co-authored Got Veggies? and Cultivating Childhood Wellness through Gardening.
spent the last 10 years as the produce manager/buyer at the Viroqua Food Co-op helping customers decide what’s for dinner (something fresh and local, of course!). She now co-owns a catering business that focuses on local/seasonal foods, Rooted Spoon Culinary, with Edible Madison co-contributor Macon Luhning. Dani loves to grow and preserve her own vegetables, herbs and fruits and help husband Mike Lind, a co-owner of Driftless Organics vegetable farm and Big River Beef, raise grass-fed steers and chickens on their farm near Soldiers Grove. She develops recipes and vegetable handling tips for the Driftless Organics CSA newsletter and occasionally hawks produce at the Driftless Organics Dane County Farmers Market stand.
is inspired by people and places that care about good food. Her education and work in sustainable food systems and natural resource planning and geography gives her a natural lens for writing about food and farming. She has managed a farmland preservation program and is a founding member of the Valley Stewardship Network’s Food & Farm Initiative. Currently, she manages her own grant writing and project development consulting business, Earth Vision LLC, which focuses on renewable energy and sustainable agriculture projects. She lives in Viroqua with her husband, Macon, and son, Camas.
, MPH, RD, CD, is a registered dietitian with training in public health and has over 12 years of experience working on preventing obesity at the state and local level. She most recently worked for the Wisconsin Department of Health Services’ Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity Program as a state nutrition coordinator. Amy is now the director of the Wisconsin Obesity Prevention Network, which is housed at the UW-Madison Collaborative Center for Health Equity. She is responsible for aligning partners, efforts and resources to more effectively address obesity in Wisconsin.