Kathy Ames Carr is a full-time freelance writer and editor. She began nurturing the local food movement as a toddler, hosing out flats and growing vegetables up until college at her grandparents’ farm and greenhouse in Wooster. She spent the last few years as a food writer for Crain’s Cleveland Business, Cleveland Magazine, and Edible Cleveland. She has since relocated to Florida’s historic First Coast and currently writes for The Local Palate Magazine, Edible Northeast Florida, Edible Cleveland, First Coast Magazine, and Crain’s custom publishing sections. Kathy also manages Enteral Food for Thought, a Facebook community page inspired by her feeding tube-dependent son. www.kacarr.com
Kristian Campana is the founder, writer and photographer of the blog OhioFestivals.net, through which he has documented more than 350 festivals (eating and driving more than he would like to admit). He resides in Oberlin with his wife, Julia, and their two sons.
Laura Adiletta is a freelance writer, editor and project manager who loves all things food, Cleveland and entrepreneurship. She owns and operates an artisan baby food company for little locavores called Rutababy and lives in Cleveland Heights with her husband, a picky eater, and two 65-pound lapdogs.
Sarah Hurt is the herbalist, tea designer, and product formulator at Sage and Spice Botanicals, LLC. She has a Master Herbalist Diploma from the American College of Healthcare Sciences, is a Certified Tea Master with the International Tea Masters Association, and is trained in Agriculture, Reiki, and Aromatherapy. Sarah is also a current member of the American Tea Masters Association, the American Herbalist Guild, United Plant Savers, and Ohio Proud.
With a background in biology, Steve spends his time mucking about on seven and a half acres, persuading food to grow. He calls this endeavor Bat Barn Farm and Foraging. He shares this life with Tatiana, their two daughters, and all that flies, crawls, and slithers across their Geauga County homestead.
Xan Schwartz is a writer from Metro Detroit. She studied Arts & Ideas at the Residential College of the University of Michigan, and currently resides in Cleveland.
Annie Zaleski is a freeleance writer based in Cleveland whose work has appeared on The A.V. Club, Salon, Vulture, Spin, and in dozens of other national and regional publications.
Brandon Baker is a resource development manager and freelance journalist who has contributed articles to Northeast Ohio publications and websites for more than a decade. Brandon sits on various nonprofit boards and volunteers at an array of health and human service agencies. He spends his off time traveling, exercising, engulfing himself in hip-hop culture, rooting for his favorite sports teams, and of course, visiting Cleveland restaurants and breweries.
Mark Oprea is a writer living in Cleveland. He’s written for the Cleveland Magazine and Crain’s. He has a basil plant named Herb.
Betsy O’Connell worked more than 20 years as a newspaper reporter and editor in Northeast Ohio. Her work with food, restaurant, and gardening writers and editors helped fuel a passion for home cooking, wine, local ingredients, and gardening. She now works as a communications consultant and freelance writer.
Elaine T. Cicora is a James Beard Award-winning journalist in Cleveland, Ohio. An intrepid bicycle rider, veteran gardener, and well-seasoned home cook, she spends most of her time dining around and the rest of it working it off.
Kristen Hampshire is an award-winning journalist with bylines in HGTVremodels.com, Consumers Digest, Ladies’ Home Journal, and Fortune. She is the author of Hobby Farms, 52 Backyard Landscaping Projects, and John Deere’s Landscaping & Lawn Care (all Quarry Books). Kristen is a regular contributor to Cleveland magazine, and acts as a copywriter and co-conspirator for organizations that require content marketing. Kristen started her business WriteHand Co. Before going solo, she was managing editor of a green industry publication. She has been named Best in Ohio: Freelance Writer by the Press Club of Cleveland. She is affiliated with the American Society of Journalists & Authors. http://www.kristenhampshire.com