In journalism, like many professions, we have expressions that have been around for years to describe what we do. For instance, a story has a lede, nut graph, and walk off — a beginning, summary paragraph early on, and an end.
And sometimes a story has legs, a phrase used by American reporters to mean a story that sticks around.
As a freelance writer, it’s good to stumble upon a story with legs, the kind of tale that editors and readers want to hear more about. Last year, articles about food swaps, cookbook clubs, and an edible education, all had legs.
As does the story of an urban farm with a religious twist that I first learned about when it moved in within walking distance of my house.
The farm’s presence is a welcome addition to a flatland community that, while gentrifying, still has a gritty side.
In the past month alone, for example, there have been more than 20 daytime break-ins in the area I call home.
I stopped by the farm with Jewish roots a week ago and the sight of that bountiful winter greens garden made me want to do a happy dance.
And I was reminded that good things happen in areas hit by bad news, and the people who strive to make positive change in a community deserve support and recognition.
And I featured the farm in depth for a cover story for the spring issue of Edible East Bay.
Care to learn more about the farm’s approach to urban agriculture, environmental education, food security, community building, and spiritual growth?
Walk on over to these stories and dig in.
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