NIJMA DARWISH graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communications from Youngstown State University. She spent several years chasing the news as an on-air journalist before settling down in Columbus. When she's not writing about her love of food and healthy living she spends her time with her husband and two children.
SAMANTHA BEETLER grew up in the countryside of Deerfield, Ohio. She writes: “The freedom to roam on the four acres of land where I lived instilled in me a desire to always be outside that hasn't left. This past spring, I completed my first semester of college at the Ohio State University’s Agricultural Technical Institute for Sustainable Agriculture, and I'll be continuing to learn about my life’s passion in the coming years.”
SARAH WARDA is a photographer and designer based in Athens, Ohio. A graduate from Ohio University’s School of Visual Communication, this New York native fell in love with the rolling hills of Appalachia and its vibrant local food scene. She loves good food with close friends and hitting up the junk stores on the weekend. You can view her work at sarahwarda.com.
LEAH WOLF is a freelance writer whose love of food and nature is only surpassed by her love of words. In addition to working as an editorial assistant for Edible Columbus, Leah is an assistant at The Seasoned Farmhouse, where she’s excited to learn about food while helping the new cooking school grow.
KIT YOON is a licensed acupuncturist in California and Ohio. She loves exploring foods and farms wherever she goes. She lives with her husband, two children and a menagerie of chickens, a rabbit, fish, finches and a dog in Bexley, Ohio.
MOLLY HAYS graduated from the University of Washington with two degrees, one Mellon Fellowship, and no idea when to buy a melon. Since moving to Ohio in early 2009, Molly and her family of five have been getting to know Columbus one ice cream scoop at a time. Molly writes about food and life at www.remedialeating.com.
Raised in a nomadic and adventurous family, CLAIRE HOPPENS called five states home and attended three colleges before earning her degree in magazine journalism from the Scripps School at Ohio University in 2011.
Claire is currently in training as a Managing Partner for Northstar Cafe, one of the many Columbus mainstays to solidify her love of people, food and our vibrant city.
DEBRA KNAPKE is a teacher, lecturer, garden designer, photographer and gardener. Her gardens are eclectic combinations of trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals that she has stuffed into ⅔ of an acre. She is the co-author of five books and is a Heartland Gardener: heartland-gardening.com.
CATHERINE MURRAY, owner of Photo Kitchen, lover of food and photography—some might call her obsessed. Often spotted at the farmers market. Enjoys washing dishes. Spends her days creating photos good enough to eat. www.photokitchen.net
JESSICA OPREMCAK is a freelance photographer and owner of Opremcak Photography in Columbus, Ohio. Jessica graduated from Ohio University with honors and a Bachelors of Science in visual communications and double minor in biological sciences and business administration. When she doesn't have a camera in hand, she can be found gardening, cooking, eating, writing, dancing, traveling, enjoying a glass of wine, reading, riding her bike, visiting farmers markets, exploring, and laughing. To see her portfolio visit www.opremcakphotography.com.