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.
My interests in specialty grains and emergency feeding systems seem different, but they are part of a shared problem. We have a lack of social and economic values for food, farming and the environment. I want to change that through conversations, on radio, at conferences, and anywhere.
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.
For six years, I ran a community meals program and food pantry at Unity House, a human services agency in my neighborhood in Troy, New York. I still love to cook for crowds.
Contact me at halloran15 AT gmail.com