What is Growth Trends?

You’ve got the message already–eating is an inherently political act.

Is it organic? Local? Free-range? Independently owned and operated or beholden to Big Ag? How about pesticides, preservatives, additives, and gluten? Every food decision we make says something about our budgets, our tastes, and the kind of world we want to live in.

The days of guiltless gluttony are over.

Yet we–the same people who’ve bought into the idea that conscious consumers should know where our food originates–still lack meaningful connections to the places and people responsible for its production. We believe farms have intrinsic value, but agriculture is curiously absent from our regular web haunts and water cooler talk. Why is that?

I hypothesize that agriculture news feels inaccessible. Often downright boring. And mostly irrelevant to our family, office, spiritual, educational, and consumer lives. We are wading waist-deep in information on millions of topics from hundreds of sources. We believe we can get by without knowing farms.

The purpose of this blog is to change your mind.

Growth Trends is designed to convert food enthusiasts to farm enthusiasts. To serve as a translation service between apartment-dwellers and the DIY, dirt-under-the-fingernails produce and protein farmers of America. To tell stories that move you. And to demonstrate, without embellishment or exaggeration, how what happens in rural America changes all of our lives.

Growth Trends empowers people who love food to follow their passion all the way to its source. And brings the experiences and voices of farmers to a generation that doesn’t know it’s hungry for them. Yet.

About Me

Marie LawrenceHow do you know when an artichoke is ready to harvest?

What does a pear orchard smell like in fall?

How will booming land prices, increasingly erratic weather, and the rising age of American farmers affect what I eat for dinner?

I wanted to know, so I started this blog.

Originally from Dallas, Texas, I’ve also lived in Durham, New York City, D.C., Phoenix, San Diego, and Boston. My appreciation for food and passion for writing have been shaped by my time in each place and my work in research and communications at nonprofit organizations concerned with the future of policy, journalism, and human health.

I am currently pursuing a Master of Public Policy degree at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and hold a B.A. in Public Policy Studies from Duke University. You can find my writing on Slate, Civil Eats, and Zócalo Public Square.

I’d love to chat! Please contact me to learn more, discuss collaborative opportunities, or wax poetic about our evolving food system.

3 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi, Marie, loved your article on Elizabeth Leonard, who I now work with in her newish position at the COI. She and Colin are doing great work with the F2S taskforce. I look forward to reading more from you! Deirdre


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