Meet Our Contributors

September 12, 2017
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Debra Knapke is a teacher, lecturer, garden designer, consultant and gardener who is eagerly anticipating a bountiful leek harvest this fall. She has written five books and is a Heartland Gardener:

Claire Spurlock is now Associate Publisher at Edible Columbus after years as a writer and admirer. She earned her degree from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University, and now specializes in digital communications, community engagement and professional snacking. She lives in Upper Arlington with her husband. 

Nancy McKibben is happy to combine her loves of eating and writing with the opportunity to advocate for sustainable agriculture in the pages of Edible Columbus. Her latest project is Kitschy Cat Alphabet, a rhyming alphabet book in postcards. She is also a novelist, poet, and lyricist, the mother of six, and the wife of one. View her work at; contact her at

Megan Neary is a writer born and raised in Columbus, Ohio.

Rachel Tayse co-owns and operates Foraged & Sown, a certified organic urban herb and berry farm in north Columbus, Ohio. A DIY butcher since 2010, her favorite way to enjoy offal is heart confit tacos.

Nicole Rasul enjoys writing about food history, food culture and profiling our region’s brave producers. She works for The Ohio State University as a program coordinator for the Initiative for Food and AgriCultural Transformation (InFACT). Nicole lives with her family in Clintonville where they enjoy the farmers market and their backyard garden. Follow her on Twitter @foodierasul or view her writing online at

Danielle Vilaplana is passionate about conservation and sustainable growth and development locally, nationally and internationally, and believes that agriculture is an important element of these principles. Danielle holds a B.A. in anthropology and globalization studies from The Ohio State University.

Julie Bhusal Sharma is a Columbus native and freelance journalist. She and her Nepali husband, Manjul, enjoy exploring each other's country's cooking and getting gardening tips from Julie's new mother-in-law who is a born herbalist. Julie can be reached at

Joshua Wickham is an instructor and event chef at The Seasoned Farmhouse as well as a full-time culinary instructor at Columbus State Community College. A Clintonville native, Joshua currently resides in the neighborhood with his wife, Jenelle, and daughter, Guinevere.

Teresa Woodard is a freelance writer and couldn’t be happier about working with her talented daughter Rachel who is studying photography at the University of Cincinnati DAAP (Design, Art, Architecture and Planning Program).

Julia Flint lives, eats, writes and gardens in Athens, Ohio, where she is in a Master’s program in Latin American Studies. She can be reached at

Nadine Cox was born in northeast Ohio in the heart of Ohio’s wine making country. She has been practicing Family Medicine in Gahanna for 15 years. Coming from a farming community, being well travelled and being an adventurous food enthusiast makes her very passionate about more than just eating a good meal.

Sarah Lagrotteria is a FCI-trained chef who has worked for Mario Batali, taught writing classes on food culture at Stanford and contributed to numerous cookbooks. In 2003, Sarah co-founded Apples & Onions, a private chef company in Malibu, CA. She now lives in Worthington with her husband, daughter Marlowe, and son Ronan.

Tara Pettit is a Dayton-based journalist and public relations specialist with a focus on community-centered cultural, social and environmental issues. She writes for several local and regional magazines and is passionate about local food, arts and activism. You can reach her at

Susan Weber has over two decades of experience in sustainable landscape design. She is certified as a master landscape designer with the Association of Professional Landscape Designers and has LEED Green Associate accreditation with the U.S. Green Building Council. Her experience in land planning encompasses schools, residential and neighborhood projects.   

Bryn Bird is a farm girl hailing from a dirt road outside Granville, Ohio. She grew up raising livestock and produce on her family’s farm, Bird’s Haven. She holds a Master’s in public health from George Washington University and is now empowering the rural lifestyle through her work with the Canal Market District in Newark, Ohio and serving on the Board of Directors for the Ohio Ecological Farm and Food Association. 

Stephanie Wapner is a PhD candidate and writer who investigates the intersection of food, business and community in Central Ohio. She lives and cooks in Bexley with her husband and two children.

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