Originally from the cornfields of Nebraska, Amanda Kuehn Carroll has spent most of her life wandering and wondering, often getting lost in the process. Her work has appeared in Diablo, 7×7, Saint Mary’s, San Francisco, Napa Sonoma,SF Weekly, and online at Berkeleyside. You can find links to her work at akakuehn.wix.com/clips and reach her at akakuehn@gmail.com.

Shanna Farrell is an oral historian with UC Berkeley’s Regional Oral History Office, where she is currently the lead for their West Coast Cocktails: An Oral History project. In addition to cocktail and spirit history, she works on environmental history. You can find her on Twitter as @shanna_farrell.

Erik Ferry is a dedicated East Bay locavore, organic gardener, and environmental grantwriting consultant with a varied background in conservation biology, livestock husbandry, and sustainable urban development. Learn more at ErikFerryLinkedIn.

Photographer Carolyn Fong shoots extensively for regional and national publications and commercial clients. She loves showcasing the diverse people who influence our culture’s understanding of how and what we eat and drink. After 15 years in New York City, Carolyn recently returned to the East Bay with her family. carolynfongphotography.com

Katie Gatlin, a professional baker and passionate food blogger, sees an undeniable link between food and happiness. She enjoys writing, hiking, and exploring all food the Bay Area has to offer. Visit her blog to find lots of great recipes: TheLittleArtichoke.com.

Contributing editor Sarah Henry’s food and farming stories have appeared in the Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, and California, and online at Civil Eats, Modern Farmer, and Lucky Peach. Henry also writes regularly for Edible San Francisco and Edible Marin & Wine Country. Find her in Best Food Writing 2014 and Best Food Writing 2015. Her book Farmsteads of the California Coast will be published this April.

Veteran journalist Barbara Kobsar has authored two cookbooks focusing on traditional home-cooked meals using local produce. You’ll find her each week at the Walnut Creek Farmers’ Market selling her Cottage Kitchen jams and jellies made from farmers’ market produce.

Tracey Mammolito is a lifestyle and product photographer focusing on travel, food, fitness, and music. See more of her work at traceymammolito.com.

Sami Mirza is an 8th grader at Berkeley Independent Study. He enjoys gardening and reading science fiction. An active member of the Berkeley YMCA Model UN delegation, he is also on the Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School varsity soccer and 8B basketball teams. He lives with his parents and two older brothers in Richmond.

Lafayette photographer Melissa Morrison loves exploring the East Bay with her camera. She has a passion for food photography, drawing, and baking the perfect chocolate chip cookie.

Author of Full Moon Feast: Food and the Hunger for Connection, Jessica Prentice is also co-founder of Berkeley’s Three Stone Hearth community-supported kitchen. threestonehearth.com

Oakland-based artist Margo Rivera-Weiss makes food-related art, draws daily, and teaches monthly sketchbook classes at Women’s Cancer Resource Center in Oakland. Connect at margoriveraweiss.com, Margo Rivera-Weiss – Art on Facebook, or East Bay Sketchers on Facebook.

As a long-term vegan, Patricia Robinson especially enjoys painting the vibrant ingredients our California farmers bring to market. She works as a therapist in Danville.

Contributing editor Kristina Sepetys is a writer and consultant living in Berkeley. Her work focuses on the intersection of food, farming, energy, land, water, and sustainable resource use. She can be reached at kmsepetys@yahoo.com.

Jillian Laurel Steinberger has written for the San Francisco Chronicle, Bay Area News Group papers, BUST, Bitch, and other publications. As a landscape designer, she loves creating inspiring spaces with a focus on native plants and edibles for year-round color, food, and pollination. jillian@garden-artisan.com

Joshua Burman Thayer is a permaculture designer and educator uniting ecology with aesthetics to create beautiful, productive natural systems that work with nature to foster healthy ecosystems and bountiful community-scale production of organic food. He has written for Mother Earth News and Edible Silicon Valley. Learn more at his website, nativesungardens.com. Follow him on Twitter at @nativesungarden.

Contributing editor Rachel Trachten writes about food, gardens, and cooking as tools for social change. She also contributes to Oakland and Alameda magazines and The East Bay Monthly. View her stories at racheltrachten.contently.com and contact her at rachel@edibleeastbay.com.

A contributing editor of j. weekly, Alix Wall writes regularly for the San Francisco Chronicle, Bay Area Bites, Berkeleyside’s NOSH, Walnut Creek Magazine, and The Forward’s Eat, Drink + Think. She has also contributed to Civil Eats and the San Jose Mercury News. Alix is also a natural foods chef. Find her at theorganicepicure.com or on twitter @WallAlix.

Our cover photographer is Olivia Vigos.  Read her bio: here.