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Top 5 Nature-Loving Food Bloggers

We’re recognizing three farmers and two foragers who, by simplifying living and appreciating time spent outdoors, have learned what the landscape can offer.

66 Square Feet

Photo: 66 Square Feet

Rooftop garden by Marie Viljoen, of 66 Square Feet

Each week, Earth Eats shares a comprehensive list of links to food media outlets, including but not limited to filmbooks, photo blogs and podcasts.

Obtaining food has become pretty darn convenient for most of us. Head to the nearest grocery, superstore or gas station and all we as consumers must do is pluck our favorites from neatly arranged shelf displays. At fast food chains, it’s even easier – no ingredient lists or origins of production necessary.

But we’re going simple and natural in this week’s installment of our food media series. We’ve complied five foragers and farmers of note in this short blog roll. What connects them is the wealth of knowledge about the natural environment, their edible landscape. They’ve learned what the land has to offer in terms of sustenance — and you can, too, by reading their adventures.

You may just find yourself seeing that roadside patch of “weeds” in a new light.

My Name is Yeh

Molly Yeh is a percussionist-turned-farmer. She moved from Brooklyn to North Dakota to enjoy life on the farm, while still indulging in her love of music. Her clever recipes and farm adventures, from snow picnics to sugar beet harvests and kitchen facelifts, are documented by quirky journal-style writing and beautiful photography.

66 Square Feet

Marie Viljoen shows readers what it means to live by the seasons in even the busiest city. Her blog is named after the size of her Brooklyn terrace. She shares foraging trips through New York City and recipes created with rooftop garden goods and the occasional weed.


Imen McDonnell chronicles her transition from a career in America’s big cities to life on an Irish farm. Farmette offers insight into living by tradition rather than convenience, and presents unique recipes that incorporate the homegrown and foraged.

Dishing Up The Dirt

Working seven days a week is tough, but for Andrea Bemis, the farm life pays off when, after a hard day’s work, she can cook an entire meal from fresh homegrown produce. Dishing Up The Dirt pairs fresh recipes with advice for gardening, planting, harvesting and raising chickens.

First Ways

A renowned plant expert and aspiring Reiki master healer, Becky Lerner shares her botanical knowledge on all things foraged and wild. Her blog includes videos of foraging trips through Oregon and useful photo galleries of edible plants.

MoreWant to try foraging for wild edibles yourself this year? Here are some articles to get you started hunting for morels and ramps.

Sarah Ostaszewski

Sarah Ostaszewski is a student of anthropology and fine arts at Indiana University. She dreams of fresh summer tomatoes from her family's garden, and she loves tasting unique ingredients, learning culinary histories, and tracing foods back to their roots.

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