My love for pancakes led me to write a book about regional grain production, The New Bread Basket.
I live in Troy, New York, a worn-out industrial city that’s finding a new future.
I ran the Troy Waterfront Farmers Market in its early years, and started writing about agriculture when I left that job to raise my kids. I felt compelled to tell the stories of food — not in mouthwatering words, but in the details that most of us can’t imagine. We live removed from the realities of farming. I want to illustrate the work it takes to eat.
I run a community meals program and food pantry at Unity House, a human services agency. We collect and redistribute groceries from America’s over-productive food system, and make meals to share in our dining room. While my writing and cooking may seem very different, I think they share the problem that we don’t value food and feeding, farming and the environment. I want to change that, through conversations and stories.
I teach writing classes at farming and food conferences, focusing on marketing for farms and food enterprises. I also teach writing at the Troy Public Library and other community sites, often weaving together history and personal experiences.
I also teach whole grain and sourdough baking classes, helping familiarize people with stone ground flours for quick breads, griddle cakes, and everyday loaves. Ask about home classes.
Email me: halloran15 AT gmail DOT com
Thank you Ellie Markovitch for images. @elliemarkovitch & storycooking.com