Who We Are
NATALIE RUSSELL, Editor
As the former managing editor of Martha Stewart Living magazine, Natalie has long had a passion for writing about beautiful, delicious foods. But it was a chance encounter with an Albemarle Pippin—an apple that has thrived in this area from the early 18th century, including in the orchards of native son Thomas Jefferson—that solidified her enthusiasm for the rich food culture of central Virginia. Between crisp, sweet-tart bites, she has written for magazines including Gourmet, Real Simple, Saveur, and USA Weekend, and has penned the Outdoor Entertaining Idea Book (Taunton; January 2009). As a mother, Natalie is intensely interested in understanding the journey of our food from farm to fork. And as a writer, she feels it’s only natural to marry her editorial expertise with the bountiful cornucopia that is Virginia’s Blue Ridge.
STEVE RUSSELL, Publisher
Raised on a family farm in West Tennessee, Steve estimates that he picked 150,000 ears of sweet corn (and ate nearly that much) before he traded his hoe for a reporter’s notebook. After stints with alternative newspapers and magazines in Memphis and New Orleans, he held executive editor positions with Maxim and Playboy before feeling compelled to return far enough south that biscuits are customarily served with breakfast. He has since been a regular contributor to Life, Men’s Journal, Rolling Stone, Best Life, and other national magazines, while also getting in touch with his roots by delving into the sustainable agriculture movement around Charlottesville, Virginia. Steve is a lifetime member of the Rivanna Trails Foundation, and a workshare member of a Charlottesville-based CSA. And he still craves fresh, local sweet corn every summer.