The Clever Root

Fall / Winter 2015

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4 | t h e c l e v e r r o o t JEFF COX is the former Managing Editor of Organic Gardening magazine and currently writes the science column for Horticulture magazine. He's the author of 20 books on organic food, wine, and gardening. He's also the restaurant reviewer for the Santa Rosa, California, Press Democrat. JEREMY BALL is a wine and food photographer and founder of Bottle Branding, a creative media company. Before photography, his passion for food and wine was cultivated while working with fantastic winemakers and talented chefs throughout Santa Barbara County. Jeremy lives in Lompoc, CA with his beautiful wife, Michelle. Visit A Northern California native, NATE NAPIERALA is a photographer, filmmaker, farmer, adven- turer and avid camper. His work takes him around the world, with clients ranging from automotive manufacturers and racing teams, to mainstream fashion labels and various media outlets globally. When the dust settles, Nate prefers road trips with family and friends, and sleeping out under the stars. LAUREN FRASER is a cannabis industry entrepreneur who spreads her time across political activism, government relations, and consulting emerging cannabis companies. She is passionate about propelling cannabis access for patients and developing great products into great brands. Prior to the cannabis industry, Lauren consulted early stage companies in technology and lifestyle sectors, managed the human resources and corporate wellness division for a leading fitness organization, and spearheaded financial services special projects for The Vanguard Group, a mutual fund company. Lauren holds a Masters of Business Administration degree with an emphasis in Entrepreneur- ship and a Bachelor's degree in Finance. Joann Arruda, Jeremy Ball, Ari Bendersky, John Birchard, Katy Budge, Sarah Hughes Bray, Julie Case, Seth Doulton, Dustin Downing, Chelsea Kurnick, Kelly Magyarics, David Mahoney, Roger Morris, Timothy Murray, Nate Napierala, Rebecca Paplinski, Amy Payne, Greg Powers, Alexander Rubin, Stephanie Secrest, Laura Levy Shatkin From a small seed... WE ARE LIVING IN EYE-OPENING and groundbreaking times. We want to be aware of what we eat, be cognizant of what we put in our bodies, know where our food comes from, who is growing it and who is preparing it, and understand what they have to add to the conversation. We are proud to profile chefs like Daniel Patterson, whom we feature on our inaugu- ral cover, and who continues to push the boundaries of what we eat, how we eat, and our collective consciousness regard- ing both; and farmers like Phil McGrath (see page 110), who farm with an eye and mind toward innovation, but with feet planted in tradition and heritage. Add to this the increasing dialogue about cannabis and the inexorable walk towards its legalization here in our country, and we must acknowledge the important of artisans such as John Oliver (see page 60), who is promoting safer methods of producing medical and recreational cannabis products. These men and women are trailblazers who are developing a framework for an industry that is revolutionizing medicine, farming, and all aspects of our culture. We are proud to be part of this changing history. Above all, we are honored to bring their stories to you, our clever and inquisitive audience Karen Moneymaker —Managing Editor LETTER FROM THE EDITOR Selected Contributors Dan Anglin, Lana Bortolot, Frenchy Cannoli, Jeff Cox, Christopher Sawyer, Merrill Shindler, John Terlato, Deborah Parker Wong Contributing Editors Contributors

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