When Lucy and I launched Edible Omaha four years ago, together we had a total of zero publishing, layout or design experience and zero experience fostering partnerships with advertisers. I personally knew one writer, a friend who didn’t write about food or sustainability, but not a single photographer. Sounds a bit daunting, huh? But what we had—passion to help our community build a sustainable food system, the Edible Communities sister publications across North America and our family and friends—have proven to be a recipe for success. Today, we have a team of super-talented contributors and thousands of devoted and enthusiastic readers and we couldn’t be more thankful.
In retrospect, it seems just a tad bit crazy that Lucy and I thought starting a magazine was a good idea, but the stories in this issue reminded me of and reinforced the power of family, whether those family members are related by blood or by coming together to support a common cause.
In these pages, you’ll read about a family who has gotten closer by raising chickens in their suburban backyard, a mother and son who recently started a restaurant in a small Nebraska town, an entire family (parents, children and grandchildren) who moved across the country to return to the family farm, and you’ll go on a foraging excursion with Edible contributor Summer Miller and her father-in-law.
We often hear of individual stars, but success so often depends on our ability to come together and, as Helen Keller reminds us, is magnified by harnessing the power of a community: “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” Success, shared with others is much sweeter, too.
Amy S. Brown
Copublisher and Editor