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Over the past 25 years, Julie Ann Fineman has created a diversity of work photographing on five of the world’s seven continents. Her diverse images include: food and travel for Bon Appetit magazine, celebrities for magazines, ad campaigns for TV shows, posters, and product endorsements (click here to view this work). Widening her lens, in 2011 Julie took a sabbatical (while accepting assignments), living a complete immersion in organic farming at Rainbeau Ridge in Westchester County, NY.
A kaleidoscope of experiences on the farm cast its spell on Julie. She’ll never forget goats breeding and dying right before her eyes, or the midwifery of births late into the snowy night, and a most unusual relationship with ‘Genki’ the peahen. There were lovely walks with Llulu the llama. Julie participated in the daily turning of incubated turkey eggs, witnessed their hatching and corralled them every eve into their coop (not to mention the chickens and peacocks), kids growing, milking does, and making goat cheese. And, then, there was mind-bending strategic planning for the farm…mental somersaults of insuring proper crop rotation, succession planting, and seed calculations per bed space requirements, while landing each crop safely into the ground; coupled with the madness of future uncertainty, such as the potential loss of over 300 tomato seedlings. With incredible persistence and an ultimate display of faith across the board she saw it all through. Organic farming is definitely not for the faint-of-heart. To read Julie’s blogs from the farm, click here.

Now, you can ride shotgun on Julie’s road trips across the American landscape in her refreshing body of blogging and photography for the Huffington Post. A writer-photographer, Julie introduces you to innovative professionals who are pushing the boundaries of a healthier and more sustainable food supply. They are farmers and agro-ecologists, winemakers and beekeepers, butchers and bakers, specialty grocers and mega food chains that feature locally sourced foods. Julie keeps it real, whether she’s writing about handmade bread crafted from Kernza flour, fermented pinot noir starter and indigenous yeasts, New Mexican hybrid dishes serving up ancient Native American beans, or a close-up and personal look into the biology of earthworms and the rich enzymatic “black gold” trail they leave behind.

Julie’s destination points are leading organic farms and research institutions, where she delves into issues like heirloom seed saving and soil microbiology – awakening you to the possibilities of your own backyard. She brings the farm part "home" to the table, featuring innovative chefs who buy local – and practice super high integrity sourcing – to help inspire you to think anew in your markets and kitchen.
Julie believes in our ability to improve our future while being responsive to Joan Dye Gussow’s belief, “We desperately need to look outside ourselves, uncomfortable as it may be to see a dying world around us.”

Julie reflects that we are an integral part of a living fabric – an exchange program with the earth’s ecosystem. She aligns herself with The Greenhorns – a group of young farmers who are spearheading a new movement – when they assert, “The time has come for us to embrace farming and its practitioners—to recognize their service, to praise them, and to pay them a deserved wage. The time has come for the agricultural arts, so valued by our forefathers, to inspire the best, brightest and most dedicated people to enter the field. Farming is hard work, it is good work, it is bold work. Farming means nurturing the interface of humanity and ecology, cherishing that delicate, complex and fragrant soil. Bringing forth food, life and a sustained well-being for this country.”

Entries by Julie Ann Fineman

Farm To Fork Across America: Bridging the Local Meat Gap in Reno, Part II

(0) Comments | Posted August 18, 2014 | 10:02 AM

Co-authored by Lee Glenn

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The thought of visiting Wolf Pack Meats conjured up vivid childhood memories. My father, a veterinarian and my grandfather, proprietor of a California slaughter house and meatpacking plant, exposed me to the inner workings of both ends of life's...

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Farm to Fork Across America: Farmer Wendy Baroli and Chef Mark Estee Bridge the Sustainable Meat Gap in Reno

(9) Comments | Posted May 23, 2014 | 9:20 AM

Co-authored with Lee Glenn

2014-05-22-QJ4A2491.jpgWendy Baroli owns a small farm outside of Reno. GirlFarm provides Berkshire pork, Jacob lamb, Irish Dexter cattle, chicken, turkey, duck and produce to a CSA of 32 families. In addition, she supplies to local chefs --

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Farm to Fork Across America: Chef de Cuisine Dante Cecchini, Wanderlust in a Pop-up Kitchen

(1) Comments | Posted May 8, 2014 | 4:42 PM

Co-authored with Lee Glenn

For 26-year-old chef Dante Cecchini, it has been a meteoric rise up San Francisco's culinary ladder... an ascent I had to investigate after tasting his work at Marlowe in San Francisco's South of Market neighborhood.

Nineteen and bored with college film studies, he dropped out of...

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Farm to Fork Across America: Technology and Healthy Food for Emotional Well Being, Google and Adobe Style

(1) Comments | Posted April 22, 2014 | 4:53 PM

This post is co-authored by Lee Glenn

"We must learn to balance the material wonders of technology with the spiritual demands of our human nature." -- John Naisbitt

At least that is how he phrased the concept of High Tech/High Touch as a minor thought in his 1982 futurist manifesto...

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Farm to Fork Across America: Chef Tom Douglas, "Deliciousness Served With Graciousness" in Seattle

(1) Comments | Posted April 17, 2014 | 11:14 AM

Co-authored with Lee Glenn

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Above Seattle's Palace Kitchen is the home of one of the most successful food empires in America, a nerve center for over 15 restaurants and specialty food brands created by Chef Tom Douglas. This warehouse-like space, its exposed...

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Farm to Fork Across America: Chef Stephan Pyles... Limitless in Texas

(1) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 11:19 AM

Co-authored with Lee Glenn

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An icy wind blew down the boulevards of Dallas. Stephan Pyles' restaurant was only two short blocks from my hotel, but each slippery step was a skid closer to the godfather of southwestern cuisine.

At 10:00 a.m. the doors...

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Farm to Fork Across America: Netting the Spirit of Environmentally Responsible Fishing

(1) Comments | Posted March 24, 2014 | 2:11 PM

Co-authored with Lee Glenn

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Kina'ole in Hawaiian, means "doing the right thing, in the right way, at the right time, in the right place, to the right person, for the right reason, with the right feeling... every time."

That's a mouthful for...

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Farm to Fork Across America: FoodShed Exchange Celebrates With Great Farmers, Friends & Family

(3) Comments | Posted March 11, 2014 | 6:56 PM

Co-authored with Lee Glenn

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A magic celebration came together recently at Chef Jimmy Schmidt's Morgan's in the desert: farmers at the dinner table telling diners about crafting ingredients for a fine meal, 60 guests, inspiring talk, great food from great sources...

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Farm to Fork Across America: Hunger for Humanely Raised Beef With a Nutritional Twist

(2) Comments | Posted January 8, 2014 | 1:47 PM

Co-authored with Lee Glenn

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A Hoosier farmer taking on the beef industry over the nutritional value of our beef supply! Beef high in anti-oxidants and omega fatty acids!* Education changing awareness of the nutrient density of beef -- all of this in...

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Farm to Fork Across America: Artisan Parmesan, Vertical Tasting, and Food Culture in Reno

(2) Comments | Posted December 16, 2013 | 10:03 AM

Co-authored with Lee Glenn

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South Carolina, Nevada, Parmigiano-Reggiano... must have more than one thing in common, but for today Chef Natalie Sellers of 4th Street Bistro in Reno makes the connection. I met Natalie at the recent Chef's Collaborative Summit in...

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Farm To Fork Across America: Wild Alaskan Salmon Running for Their Lives

(4) Comments | Posted December 4, 2013 | 2:04 PM

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Co-authored with Lee Glenn

Early in our national history, an annual ritual of sharing a great meal with strangers and family took hold. Its endurance is a testament to the power of how a meal unifies those around the dinner table, how a...

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Farm to Fork Across America: Chefs Collaborative Upgrading the Quality of Our Food Supply

(4) Comments | Posted November 22, 2013 | 2:37 PM

Co-Author Lee Glenn
Photography © Julie Ann Fineman

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With the rich agricultural heritage of the south as backdrop to historic Charleston, SC, I joined 300 of America's best chefs, food producers and food activists in early November, for the

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Farm to Fork Across America: Amigo Bob... Influencing an Estate Vineyard of Napa Valley

(3) Comments | Posted October 24, 2013 | 12:55 PM

Co-authored by Lee Glenn

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Remember a few stories back, legendary soils scientist, teacher, farming hero, Amigo Bob Cantisano. Bruce and Barbara Neyers of Neyers Vineyard certainly do... they remember seeking him out 15 years ago to dramatically change their...

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Farm To Fork Across America: Jules in the Garden With Robyn and Bees... Supporting Our Homeland Security

(4) Comments | Posted September 13, 2013 | 5:12 PM

Co-Authored by Lee Glenn

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Well, not exactly in the garden. More like in the backyard of Wanda's modernist renovation, then in an organic orange grove with beehives. So what ties these disparate locales together? A Kinfolk gathering exploring the nuances of...

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Farm to Fork Across America: Quality U.S. Grown Food IS Our Homeland Security

(80) Comments | Posted August 23, 2013 | 2:48 PM

Co-authored by Lee Glenn

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Winding my way from Reno, down some of the most scenic highways in California, redwood, pine and fir greened the way to Heaven and Earth Farm as I traveled to meet legendary farmer, teacher and...

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Farm to Fork Across America: Composting the Biggest Rib Cookoff in America

(2) Comments | Posted August 8, 2013 | 12:15 PM

Co-Authored by Lee Glenn
Photography: Julie Ann Fineman & Lee Glenn

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We're back in Reno -- remember GirlFarm? -- but this time traveling back to our desert home after six weeks on the road. With so many compelling stories,...

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Farm to Fork Across America: Visuals Only Because Most Haven't Been (PHOTOS)

(2) Comments | Posted June 3, 2013 | 9:33 AM

Co-authored with Lee Glenn


From the last story there were hints -- a hypnotic place, the Sahara Desert rendered in wheat, the unforgettable stillness. Yet none of these really do justice to the visual magic of The Palouse. So we are abandoning temporarily, our documentation of the progressive...

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Farm to Fork Across America: 'Farming Beyond Me... Fighting the Tide in a Sea of Wheat'

(9) Comments | Posted April 5, 2013 | 6:55 PM

Co-Authored by Lee Glenn

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Entering The Palouse, east of everything in Washington state, we crossed an invisible barrier where dunes suddenly appear. A hypnotic place, breathtaking, but not because of dunes of sand... it's the Sahara Desert rendered...

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Farm to Fork Across America: "An Apple a Day..." or Hundreds of Thousands From Tree Top

(6) Comments | Posted March 14, 2013 | 12:12 PM

Co-authored by Lee Glenn

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On the road again headed out of the lovely Methow Valley to the east Washington...the part that no one would guess is the same state as the verdant Pacific Northwest. At the far border, below Spokane, is the Palouse,...

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Farm to Fork Across America: Ed Hume, Seeds of Knowledge

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2013 | 5:32 PM

Co-authored with Lee Glenn

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Oooops, forgot an interview from while Lee's away at sea... in a holding pattern in blue collar Tacoma, Wash. Daily summer showers don't keep me indoors and the sweet scent of rain brings earthy aroma therapy to the...

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