On the second floor of an old house in Hudson, New York, a small, unassuming editorial team of eight is helping to reshape the way we view food. The magazine's name? Modern Farmer. Its focus? Reporting aimed at both the urban and rural individual who cares about sustainability and the future of food. A wide audience if ever there was one. Stories range from topics on Japanese craft beer trends to changes in California's chicken laws.
The brand, celebrating its two-year anniversary (today!), is certainly having a moment (after winning a National Magazine Award after just three issues, and getting a story in The New Yorker last week), but its effortlessly chic editor-in-chief, Ann Marie Gardner, is as humble as ever. They just want to get people excited and curious about where their food comes from — with the occasional cute goat roundup, of course. We drove up to the Hudson Valley to see Modern Farmer's clean, light-filled office space and hear about what's next for the magazine team. Even the most die-hard city-lover will be unable to resist this country charm.