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Jodi Helmer is a North Carolina-based freelancer who writes about food and farming for National Geographic Traveler, Hemispheres, Modern Farmer and among others. Visit her online at

After a Year of Pandemic Eating, Supermarkets Enlist Shoppers in Nutrition Programs

a dietician helps a shopper pick the healthiest food at a supermarket

An Appreciation for Lee Calhoun, the Man who Saved Southern Apples

Lee Calhoun. Photo credit: Donn Young, UNC College of Arts & Sciences

Restaurants Are Transforming into Grocery Stores to Survive the Pandemic

A line forms outside Founding Farmers grocery store. (Photo courtesy of Founding Farmers)

In Appalachia, Forest Farming is Protecting Wild Botanical Plants

Landowners harvesting black cohosh. (Photo by Priya Jaishanker for Appalachian Forest Farmers.)

Can Food Forests Fight Hunger?

hand picking an apple from a food forest

Foraging is Alive and Well in Baltimore. Can it Help Fight Hunger Too?

urban foraging for mushrooms

With Vertical Farms, Food Banks are Growing their Own Produce to Fight Hunger

A Fresh Idea to Improve Food Access

fresh truck

Bringing Healing Meals to the Chronically Ill in California

meal deliveries

Seeding a Need: How a Seed Company Doubles its Impact