Shelley Stonebrook, associate editor

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Shelley joined the team in late 2009. She came to MOTHER EARTH NEWS after teaching English at the University of Kansas for three and a half years — a time in which her passion for both sustainability and language grew tremendously.

Shelley is particularly interested in sustainable, local food production (and consumption), organic gardening, waste reduction and environmental justice. She generally shakes her fists toward the sky when confronted with all things disposable — especially plastics — and her vehemence about reusing anything and everything is sometimes to the chagrin of those around her (“Pardon, but were you going to use the back side of that piece of paper?”).

At MOTHER EARTH NEWS, she heads up the Organic Gardening beat, works on the Vegetable Garden Planner, blogs in Grow It! and helped start the Ogden community garden with her co-workers. She is also one of the magazine’s main copy editors.

Shelley proudly hails from Oregon, and will always consider herself a westcoaster at heart. She studied English at Western Oregon University and later at KU for graduate school.

One of the best things Shelley can imagine is getting up early on a sunny morning and working in the garden. She is also fond of beaches, cooking, KU basketball, happy hour, novels (preferably by authors with the brilliance of, say, Jeanette Winterson or Kurt Vonnegut), listening to records, and talking in an annoyingly sweet voice to her cat Barley. She also enjoys blogging in her personal blog, The Rowdy Radish, in her spare time.

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