Christina Cooke | Civil Eats


Christina Cooke is Civil Eats' associate editor. Based in North Carolina, she has also covered people, place, science, business, and culture for venues including The New Yorker, The New York Times,, The Guardian, Oxford American, and High Country News. In the past, she has worked as a staff writer for the Chattanooga Times Free Press in Tennessee and a weekly paper in Portland, Oregon. A graduate of the documentary writing program at the Salt Institute of Documentary Studies and the creative nonfiction writing MFA program at Portland State University, she teaches interviewing and nonfiction writing at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. Find out more at

How the Jackson Water Crisis Is Hurting Its Restaurants

Restaurant workers in Jackson, Mississippi, use bottled water to prep before customers arrive as the city remained without reliable water infrastructure in September 2022. (Photo © Rory Doyle)

Perennial Crops Boost Biodiversity Both On and Off Farms. Researchers Explain How.

Mallard eggs sit in a nest in a Kernza field. (Photo courtesy of courtesy of the University of Manitoba)

Young People Working for Food Justice in North Carolina


Absent Federal Oversight of Animal Agriculture Safety, States and Others Step Up for Change

A happy and healthy-looking worker in a clean and well-lit dairy. Photo credit: Vera Chang.

Animal Agriculture Is Dangerous Work. The People Who Do It Have Few Protections.

A dairy worker in a barn. (Photo courtesy of Migrant Justice)

Co-Op Grocery Stores Expand Their Mission to Equity and Food Justice

Detroit People’s Food Co-op Board Member Malik Yakini at the Detroit Food Commons construction site.

Fighting Voter Suppression, Environmental Racism, and Corporate Agriculture in Hog Country

Site manager Eileen Bowman wears a "REGISTER & VOTE" mask as long lines of voters wait to cast early voting ballots at Roxborough High School on October 17, 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)

Youth Are Flipping an Abandoned North Carolina Prison into a Sustainable Farm

Logan Stern, Robin Patel, Terrence Smith, Michael Adyson Strickland, and Noran Sanford (left to right) stand in the pasture they've created outside the prison yard at the Scotland Correctional Center, which was decommissioned in 2001.

For Farmworkers Facing Debilitating Depression, Is Teletherapy a Solution?

two women farmworkers in a living room.

Biodiversity and Animal Welfare are Paramount for These Second-Generation North Carolina Farmers

Worth and Hillary Kimmel with their foraging pigs.