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Brian Depew

Brian Depew launched the first version of this blog in March of 2005. Today he lives in Lyons, Nebraska (population 963) where he works for the Center for Rural Affairs as the Director of the Rural Organizing and Outreach Program. He writes and edits this blog during his personal time, and the views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of the Center for Rural Affairs.

Pigs on the pasture at the Depew Family Farm

A farm boy from near Laurens, Iowa, Brian helped run his family’s farm when he was in high school and college. He attended Laurens - Marathon consolidated school and graduated with 29 classmates.

Brian holds a master’s degree in philosophy from Colorado State University where he worked on issues of agricultural ethics and the family farm. He did additional graduate work at Michigan State University where he studied agrarian thought, agriculture philosophy, and rural sociology. He has a bachelor’s degree from Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa with majors in philosophy and environmental science.

Depew for Secretary of Agriculture Bumper Sticker

Previously Brian has worked as a campaign coordinator and campaign organizer on several campaigns including in Iowa on the Kucinich for President Campaign. In 2002 Brian was the Green Party candidate for Iowa Secretary of Agriculture.

Contact Brian at depewbri [at] gmail [dot] com
More online at briandepew.net

Steph Larsen

Steph Larsen is a Rural Policy Organizer with the Center for Rural Affairs in Lyons, Nebraska. Before coming to the Center she worked as a policy organizer and policy director for the Community Food Security Coalition in their Washington, D.C. office. She writes for this blog during her personal time, and the views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of the Center for Rural Affairs.

Steph earned her BS in geology from the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire, and her master’s degree in geography from UW-Madison. She completed her master’s research in Mexico on sustainable agriculture and corn agrobiodiversity. Steph was born and raised in northwest Wisconsin.

Steph also writes occasionally for the environmental blog GristMill. You can view her Gristmill posts here.

Contact Steph at stephanielarsen [at] gmail [dot] com

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