Growing up on a Kansas farm prepared Rebecca well for editing magazines with a focus on sustainability: Her parents taught her to can, freeze, or butcher almost every living thing except for her two younger brothers. The family had a large garden and raised chickens, beef cattle, and wheat. Milk came from a dairy down the road. Fruit trees were picked clean for pies and jams. By the end of the summer, preserved foods packed every square inch of the home's pantry and chest freezer. It all tasted great, and instilled in Rebecca a lifelong love of quality, locally grown food.
Rebecca left the farm as a young adult to pursue a graduate degree in American Studies at the University of Iowa. She then spent a number of years working for nonprofits, particularly history museums, before coming to MOTHER EARTH NEWS. After serving as Managing Editor for several years, she became Group Editor, Rural Lifestyles for GRIT, Capper's Farmer, and, of course, MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
In addition to her interest in real food, Rebecca has an affinity for green transportation, particularly bicycling. She has been a dedicated bike commuter. She and her husband often run errands by bicycle and incorporate cycling into their vacations — including Niagara Falls (pictured). You can follow all their cycling adventures on her blog, Get Spoked.
A few articles by Rebecca: