Crop Stories is a biannual journal that digs deep into relationships between farmer and field, consumer and market, soil and table. Each issue adopts one crop as a theme, then applies narrative, journalism, and recipe to meditate on the state of the small farm in the American South. Our stories generate from this great swath of verdant land because we believe the region is well-suited as a source for timely, engaging stories about farming. In Georgia, the Carolinas, Mississippi, and beyond, issues of class, race, identity, and sustainability intersect in the act of growing food and feeding our communities.
The producers of Crop Stories are no stranger to the dirty work of farm labor and food service. We are farm hands and activists, cooks and seed savers. For us, supporting local agriculture is a way of life, not a trend. Our readers feel the same. The zine emerged as way to share our passion for the agrarian labor of people we know and love, and share it with others. Our audience includes market fanatics, cooks, green thumbs, Southerners and aspirational Southerners, activists, and real live farmers.
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André Gallant is the founding editor of Crop Stories. His writing and photography have appeared in the Oxford American, Gravy, Modern Farmer, the Bitter Southerner, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, among others. His first book, The High Low Tide, will be published by the University of Georgia Press in 2018. He lives in Athens, Ga.
Keia Mastrianni is a writer, photographer, oral historian, and Crop Stories’ deputy dditor. Her work has been featured in the Local Palate, Bon Appetit online, Gravy quarterly, Bake from Scratch, and others. She is based in Western North Carolina where she shares a life with the farmer of her dreams. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @keiaishungry.
Nicole Taylor, food editor, is the author of "The Up South Cookbook: Chasing Dixie in a Brooklyn Kitchen." She has contributed to Heritage Radio Network, Civil Eats, First We Feast, Cherry Bombe, Amtrak, Gravy, Travel Noire and founded The Modern Travelers' Green Zine. Her debut cookbook has been featured in The New York Times, Ebony Magazine, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and New Republic. Taylor lives in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.
Kylie Sawhill is the chief designer of Crop Stories. A graduate of the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia, Kylie is a full-time designer living in Athens, Ga.