Investigating Agriculture from Farm to Fork

As a part of the Fleischaker-Greene Scholars program, 11 Western Kentucky University journalism students spent their spring semester investigating agriculture.

The hours were long, the issues were complex and the end result was Farm to Fork: an online magazine that highlights many different aspects of agriculture and food production.

Students get up close with heifers at the WKU Farm. (Sara Shipley Hiles/Farm to Fork)

As a member of this class, I was privileged to work with some of the most talented students in the journalism school.

I learned so much from my classmates.

They were great editors who helped me to write in a way that would better connect with readers who know nothing about agriculture and avoid terms that only a farmer would understand.

More than anything, though, my classmates encouraged me to try new ways of telling a story and greatly expand my multimedia skills.

I tried to repay all their help with my ag expertise. Since I was the only student in the class with an agriculture background, I spent a lot of time translating meat labels or explaining industry practices.

Often I’d help my classmates find farmers who would allow a journalist onto their farm. This was great for both the students and the farmers because often I’d connect them with a farm that would have otherwise been wary of a journalist.

I hope you’ll take a chance to look over our work. We’re very proud of our finished site and the many untold stories were were able to bring to life.

You can click on the images below to link to my pieces or explore the whole site by going to the Farm to Fork homepage.

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