Jeanne & Amanda


Jeanne Nolan grows food. Starting as a teenager, she managed rural organic farms for 17 years. She returned to her hometown of Chicago in 2004 where she has since grown hundreds of farms and food gardens in and around the city—in downtown parks, public school yards, suburban estates, inner-city shelters, restaurant rooftops, even the mayor’s back yard. Her book, From The Ground Up: A Food Grower's Education in Life, Love and the Movement That's Changing the Nation, will be published by Random House in July. She lives in Glencoe, IL with her husband and daughters in a home where all are encouraged to have dirt under their fingernails. Amanda Little writes about the environment. She has traveled from deepsea oil rigs into the guts of the electricity grid, from Kansas cornfields to rooftop farms in Queens, to investigate America’s changing environmental landscape. She teaches journalism at Vanderbilt University and has written for The New York Times, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, and Outside. She's the author of Power Trip: The Story of America's Love Affair With Energy and co-wrote From the Ground Up. Amanda lives with her husband and kids in Nashville TN, and is the sort of eco-activist who uses disposable diapers, eats too much meat, and has a passion for all-terrain vehicles.

Posts by Jeanne & Amanda

Grow Your Own: What Happens When A Writer and a Farmer Start a Blog
Grow Your Own: What Happens When A Writer and a Farmer Start a Blog
Welcome to Grow Your Own. Were Jeanne and Amanda, and were going to explain how everyone, everywhere can grow their own food. We hope to get you fired up about the many benefits (nutrition isn't the half of it) of homegrown fruits and vegetables, and plug you in to the growing trend in urban farming. In the next few months, as summer sets in, organic fruits, vegetables and herbs will be growing in every American city — in backyard gardens and schoolyards, on rooftops, fire escapes, windowsills, and community plots. This blog will equip you and your family to join the growing ranks of Americas DIY farmers.