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Shelby Vittek

Shelby Vittek

Senior Reporter at Modern Farmer

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Shelby Vittek

The Winery Garden That Feeds Migrant Vineyard Workers - Modern Farmer

At Somerston Estate in Napa Valley, a half-acre plot is devoted to growing fruits and vegetables for its immigrant farmworkers.

At the Ocean City Freckle Contest, Celebrating What I Once Deemed a...

I grew up loathing my freckles. As an adult, I cherish them.

Women Are Charting New Paths on Changing Waters - Modern Farmer

These kelp and shellfish farmers are breaking down barriers in aquaculture and helping to pave the way for the next generation.

10 New Cookbooks We’ve Been Cooking From This Spring - Modern Farmer

A host of new books in which to find kitchen inspiration.

A Former Jersey Skeptic Finally Embraces Her Roots - New Jersey Mon...

Getting out of Central Jersey was once the goal. Now, it’s buying a first home that captures the spirit of the same region.

10 Books About Food and Farming to Read This Fall - Modern Farmer

Inspiring tales, instructional guides and damning investigations.

What to Do With an Abundance of Peppers - Modern Farmer

We’ve reached that point in late summer when my pepper plants are producing more than I can keep up with. There are only so many stuffed peppers, fajitas and stir fries one can eat. If your garden is also pumping out a bountiful amount of peppers right now, here are six different ways to preserve th…

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First-Ever Declaration of Colorado River Water Shortage Will Affect...

For the first time in history, the United States government has declared an official water shortage for the Colorado River, which supplies a huge amount of water to the Southwest and to parts of Mexico. The announcement, which happened on Monday, came with a series of reductions in access to water f…

Botanists Identify New Carnivorous Plant - Modern Farmer

Beware of any delicate white wildflowers you see growing in a bog. They may look innocent, but they just might be meat-eaters. The small flowering plant called Triantha occidentalis—a species of false asphodel—grows in nutrient-poor wetlands up and down the West Coast, from California to Alaska. Unt…

10 Books about Food and Farming to Read This Summer - Modern Farmer

We Are What We Eat: A Slow Food Manifesto A longtime champion of the Slow Food Movement, renowned chef Alice Waters tackles how food defines us. In her new book, Waters looks at how food has negatively impacted people and the environment but also how it can help heal and replenish. As she writes in …

Q&A With ‘Defending Beef’ Author Nicolette Hahn Niman - Modern Farmer

Nicolette Hahn Niman, a vegetarian and environmental lawyer turned cattle rancher, released Defending Beef: The Case for Sustainable Protection in 2014. The manifesto called for a revolutionized food system that involved cattle, which she believed were necessary to the restoration and future health …

Michael Pollan Explores Our Attraction to Psychoactive Plants - Mod...

Nearly every culture, religion and society has been influenced by some kind of plant. In some cases, those plants have yielded mind-altering substances that—when ingested by humans—have been instrumental to their existence. In his new book, This Is Your Mind on Plants (out today), acclaimed food and…

Breeding Better Beans - Modern Farmer

Until last year, beans were rather unfashionable among many Americans. The pandemic helped change that, boosting bean sales by as much as 400 percent as people stocked up on shelf-stable goods and prepared more meals at home. Of course, beans have long been an important staple in other cultures, esp…

How Bee-Impersonating Flies Help With Pollination - Modern Farmer

Bees and butterflies might be the best-known pollinators, but they aren’t the only ones. Bats, birds, beetles, wasps and flies play an important role, too. Rae Olsson, a postdoctoral research associate at Washington State University (WSU), has studied pollinating insects since 2014, when they starte…

A New Approach to Protecting Bees From Toxic Pesticides - Modern Fa...

A New Approach to Protecting Bees From Toxic Pesticides  Modern Farmer

A Legal Battle Rages Over Smoking Sugar Fields in South Florida - M...

A Legal Battle Rages Over Smoking Sugar Fields in South Florida  Modern Farmer

Pet Food Companies Look to the Future With Cell-Cultured Meat - Mod...

There are a lot of pets that need feeding in the United States. Around 67 percent of households own at least one. Companion animals lead the pack, as 63.4 million households have dogs and 42.7 million own cats, with some overlap for those that have both. While people continue to rescue and adopt cat…

What Mario Kart Can Teach Us About Equitable Farming - Modern Farmer

What does a Nintendo racing game first released in 1992 have to do with the future of farming? A lot, says environmental researcher Andrew Reid Bell. In a new paper published in Nature Sustainability, Bell looks at how aspects of Mario Kart can be applied in the real world to reduce world poverty an…

Seaweed May Be the Answer to the Burping Cow Problem - Modern Farmer

Cow burps are a serious problem—and cows belch a lot. Farmed livestock are responsible for 14.5 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions related to human activity, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, with beef and dairy cattle being the biggest culprit. Cows make…