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Douglas is an information architect, filmmaker, photographer and writer. He has created award-winning work at the boundaries of traditional and converging media since the early '90s. He is the director of the Know Your Food series for PBS, and author of both Slow: Life in a Tuscan Town, and the forthcoming book Local: The New Face of Food & Farming in America. He and and Laura Howard-Gayeton founded the Lexicon in 2009.

Douglas Gayeton makes a portrait of Xuyen Pham at East New Orleans garden. Credit: Dane Pollok

When my wife started a goat milk ice cream company in 2004, I didn't know much about our food system. While I had previously