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Elena Valeriote is a writer who specializes in stories about food and farming that demonstrate our collective power to build more equitable and sustainable foodways. Raised in California and currently based in Tuscany, Italy, Elena’s holistic approach to food writing draws on her experience working at many different links in the food supply chain ranging from production to distribution, as well as a lifelong close connection to the land, plants, animals, and people that feed us every day.

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An illustration of the Three Sisters Garden depicts a tall stalk of corn with beans growing up its stalk. Broad leaves from the squash plant and squash are at the bottom of the stalk.
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The Migrant Kitchen

The Importance of Restoring Ancestral Seeds to Indigenous Communities

Through the process of seed rematriation, where seeds are returned to their place of origin, Indigenous communities restore relationships with their ancestral seeds.
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The Migrant Kitchen

Acoma Blue Corn Restored to Its Community of Origin

The restoration of Acoma blue corn to its community of origin represents a hopeful example of how seed rematriation can improve Indigenous foodways.
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Pink Blueberries and Black Nebulas: Girl & Dug Farm's Specialty Greens Inspire Adventurous Cooking at Home

Through its commitment to biodiverse farming practices and consumer education, Girl & Dug Farm offers a hopeful example for a healthy, flavorful and culturally diverse food system.
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