Our Environmental and Marketing News Fellow Program is one of the best things about Stone Pier Press. It gives participants a chance to develop stronger writing and marketing skills, and become more effective advocates for change. Fellows are a big part of what allows our publishing company to push for a cooler, kinder, and more environmentally sound food system, and we're grateful for their energy, smarts, and activism.
News Fellows have produced book trailers for Gwen and Sprig. Built out an extensive archive of climate friendly recipes. Helped research and write books on regenerative gardening. Added to our archive of helpful hints for would-be carbon farmers. Shared our message on social media channels. Launched email campaigns that have landed author interviews and book reviews. They’ve also written dozens of solutions-oriented stories, many of which have been picked up by Independent Media, and shared with millions of readers.
Prospective News Fellows can apply for a Spring, Summer, or Fall session, each of which runs four months. The program is part-time and remote. Apply here or send a cover letter and resume to email@example.com.
MEET OUR NEWS FELLOWS FOR FALL 2019
Originally from the East coast, Kira is a freelance marketer living in San Francisco. She loves outdoor adventure and was drawn to the Bay Area by its natural beauty and delicious food. She is passionate about sustainability and has spent years supporting food recovery programs that prevent waste by redirecting quality, excess food to those who desperately need it. As a child, Kira remembers the delicious smell of tomatoes growing in her family garden. She loved to pick them right off the vine and eat them like an apple. Today, she shares that joy with her own kids while eating the wholesome food grown in their own family garden.
Emily is a Pennsylvania native with connections to Maryland’s Eastern Shore and the Chesapeake Bay. After visiting a tropical food forest in Belize, she became passionate about food production that aligns with patterns observed in nature. She served as the garden manager on her college campus, a role that enabled her to experiment in everything from sunchoke fermentation to stormwater site design. Working at various botanical gardens and, for the past year, at a native plant focused non-profit has since deepened her understanding of plants and their profound uses to humans. Emily is thrilled to use her degrees in English and Environmental Studies to communicate her passion for creating a food system that benefits humans and non-humans alike. When she isn’t binge-watching "Chef’s Table" or "Great British Bake-off", you can find her running her local trails or attending a yoga class.
Heather is a Queens, NY transplant currently living in Philadelphia with her husband and their vast collection of plant babies. She has loved playing in the dirt and caring for injured animals since she was a small child. Her love for the earth and its inhabitants evolved into a much larger passion to use her creative abilities in order to make the world a better place for future generations to come. Heather studied psychology and biology in college and naturally went on to open a traveling paint and wine studio after graduation. She has worked as an EMT, zookeeper, veterinary technician, bartender, art teacher, marketing manager, interior designer, and technical recruiter. She can often be spotted smelling produce or building her house.
Originally from New York, Amanda currently works as a video journalist in Berlin, Germany. She has written academically about topics ranging from GMOs to slaughterhouses, but is getting more involved in action-oriented solutions to these problems. She has also worked for farms, restaurants, and CSAs, most recently in Santa Barbara, California, where seeing first-hand the ways in which minorities have limited access to locally grown produce inspired in her a renewed commitment to matters of food justice. She spends a lot of time cooking, exploring the outdoors with her dog, biking, and taking/developing photographs.
Tori is a mixed race, feminist, food systems writer and activist from rural Wisconsin who currently resides in the Pacific Northwest. Her curiosity about the food system began in a vegetable garden behind her high school biology classroom and has evolved into many forms since including; managing the organic farm at Carleton College, developing a mobile farmers market pilot project, and teaching cooking classes for kiddos. She strives for intersectionality in her writing — weaving together conversations about food systems change, environmental sustainability, the immigrant experience, and racial justice.
Jacqui grew up on a farm in Michigan, the place where she cultivated a love for the outdoors. She studied Biological Anthropology and Environmental Sciences at the University of Michigan and developed a fascination with sustainability and human health. Never one to shy away from getting her hands dirty, she fostered these interests working with small-scale farmers after graduation. She currently lives in Detroit where she runs a craft microbrewery. Find her hiking, hanging out on Lake Michigan, or biking around the city to explore new restaurants.
Claire Trost is a writer and farmer. With a degree in Hospitality Management from Purdue University, Claire's passion for food has fueled her career and led her to her love of Local Food when she married her college sweetheart and moved to his rural hometown north of Indianapolis. Surrounded by lots of land, Claire taught herself to garden, raise chickens and immersed herself in Indiana's local food scene chronicling it all on a blog which became a growing sustainable farm, Bent Arrow Acres. Claire lives in Russiaville, Indiana with her husband and two small children. Beyond words and gardening, she enjoys business, specifically entrepreneurship, sales and digital marketing, and, of course, great meals.
Robin is a masters student in Journalism at DePaul University where she is studying to become a food journalist. Her areas of interest span sustainability, plant-based foods, food business, food retail and food technology. After earning her PhD, she decided to shift gears and use her research background in journalism to discuss food issues and lifestyle topics that are both fun and informative. Robin is also a freelance writer for Technomic Inc and SoulPhoodie, and runs her website Food by the Bite where she reports on food business, food retail and sustainable news stories. When she isn’t writing about food or in classes, she is watching TV and enjoying Chicago, where she was born and raised.
Emily is a junior at Stanford University studying Symbolic Systems and Philosophy. She’s from Maryland and spent a few years cleaning up hay on a farm there. In the past, she’s worked at a women’s empowerment nonprofit, with labor unions, and at a movie theater in Cambodia. She cares about social and environmental justice and creative writing. In her free time, she watches reality television and explores the California coast.