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Alexandria is the Content Editor at Common Market. With a bachelor’s degree in English, a master’s degree in Communication, and a passion for food, community, and a healthy lifestyle, she strives to share fun and meaningful stories with readers while encouraging them to make healthy changes.

In Celebration of Soil

By Zoë Brittain -Reposted from The Frederick News Post – “Essentially, all life depends upon the soil … There can be no life without soil and no soil without life; they have evolved together.” — Charles E. Kellogg, USDA Yearbook of Agriculture, 1938 Sooner or later, spring will come to this part of the... Read More

The True Cost of Cheap Food

From the Frederick News Post: Green Section One of the most frequently lobbed criticisms against organic, natural, and sustainably produced food is the cost. It is true that food produced by industrial agriculture (aka Big Ag) does tend to be less expensive than that produced by small landholders using ecological methods. However, there are hidden... Read More

Choco Sombra

If you are looking for a flavorful cup of coffee—smooth notes of chocolate and spice, sweet nuttiness, and pleasant hints of citrus and honey—meet Choco Sombra. If you want a high-grade cup of coffee produced in a way that protects people, the ecosystem, and a threatened culture, again, Choco Sombra is the one for you.... Read More

Quantum Agriculture

By Zoe Brittain Organic agriculture takes time, money, and science. And huge amounts of stress and passion. And even then, it’s not easy. Bill Oyler, along with his wife Mary Ann and their three grown children, Sara, Jacob, and Katrina, farms about 360 acres of certified organic land in a rolling valley of Biglerville, Pennsylvania.... Read More