With this issue, In Good Tilth shares stories about putting people first.
You’ll discover how making an impact is often about providing support to people on the ground who know what’s needed to make things happen.
You’ll learn how a team in Detroit is preventing disease and building health by bridging the gap between what people eat and community well-being.
You’ll explore how small-scale farmers in Uganda are documenting their innovations, preserving traditional agricultural practices and sharing them with each other.
You’ll read about how Mexican farmers are distributing surplus food to people who need it. We hope this issue captures your heart and moves you to put people at the center of whatever you do to make our collective food future brighter.
Earlier this year, Oregon Tilth launched a strategic planning process. As we explored the what and the why of our purpose, everything came back to people. It’s people, after all, who are pushing organic, community-led food systems forward. And celebrating them is the whole point of In Good Tilth, where we share stories that provoke, educate and inspire us to transform our $900 billion food system. Part of our planning process involved evaluating In Good Tilth and identifying the most effective way to communicate with our readers.
In 2020, we’ll relaunch the magazine as a once-a-year release. We’ll scrap some of the existing structure and increase the length to maximize how we tell stories through words, photographs and design.
Yes, the real world is also influencing this decision. The cost of printing and mailing a 56-page ad-free magazine is going up each year. And we’re doubling down wherever we can to conserve resources and reduce our climate impact. But print still matters. There is nothing like the day In Good Tilth arrives in the mail. Over a cup of organic green tea or maybe a glass of wine — I’ve done both with similar happiness — the pages slide open and our community dances to life. Without getting on an airplane, we visit organic food stalwarts and upstarts across the U.S.
Tilth is the cultivation of wisdom and spirit. To confront the big problems threatening us all, we need to elevate community-led ideas that motivate us to take action. We’re excited for this new chapter of In Good Tilth. Thank you for being a part of this journey, and believing that narratives influence positive change.