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Terra Brockman is an author and speaker on a variety of food and farm topics. She has written extensively on food and agriculture, especially as it affects the environment. A member of a remarkable farming family, Terra is a nuanced observer of, fierce advocate for, and gifted writer and speaker about sustainable agriculture. She comes at her subject from unexpected angles, combining her experience growing up as one of the 4th generation of an Illinois farm family with expertise in biology, ecology, literature, philosophy and history.

Brockman’s most recent book, "The Seasons on Henry’s Farm," was a finalist for the 2010 James Beard Award in writing/literature. The book takes the reader through the many “micro-seasons” on Terra’s brother Henry’s extremely diverse (655 varieties at last count) vegetable farm in central Illinois. Excerpts from the book have appeared in Orion Magazine (“Corn Porn,” August/Sept., 2009), and The Wildbranch Anthology (“Bean by Bean,” Univ. of Utah Press, 2010).

Brockman is also the founder of The Land Connection, an educational nonprofit she started when the disconnect between good land use, good meals and good health became so dire that the situation demanded action on the ground. Today, The Land Connection is furthering the organization’s mission of preserving farmland, training new farmers and empowering consumers.

Through her writing, speaking and advocacy work, Brockman continues to work for healthy farmland, healthy foods and healthy communities by elucidating the food chain that links the American eater to the American land. Her website is www.terrabrockman.com.

After nearing extinction, American chestnuts are poised for a comeback. Credit: Copyright 2015 Amanda Christenson

Chestnuts are a Christmas icon, thanks in no small measure to Nat King Cole's mellifluous crooning about chestnuts roasting on an open fire. While chestnuts

Polenta cake makes a healthy breakfast option. Credit: Copyright 2015 Terra Brockman

Cake. It's what's for breakfast. And why not? Some studies show that a high carbohydrate and high protein breakfast actually helps people shed pounds. So

The antipasti station at an Autogrill in Italy. Credit: Copyright 2015 Terra Brockman

"Great food" and "highway rest stop" are not phrases I would normally utter in the same breath. But that was before I experienced the

Passion fruit. Credit: iStock/Kesu01

It was in Hawaii that I got my first exhilarating taste of passion fruit. The Maui market vendor's knife expertly sliced through the mauve

Osechi ryori. Credit: iStock

New Year's in Japan, as in all cultures, is a time to reflect on the past, resolve to do better and begin anew. But

Texas-style chili

Although red is the color of Santa's suit, poinsettias and Rudolph's nose, a "bowl of red" is probably not what springs to mind when

Garlic tasting leads to a euphoria that is similar to a wine tasting. Credit: Terra Brockman

If you shop in mainstream grocery stores, you have probably only eaten one variety of garlic -- or maybe two, California Early and California

A boy learns about the pleasures of fresh tomatoes at the Evanston Market in Illinois. Credit: Ken Meuser

Teach a kid to grow a carrot, or a cucumber, or even a cauliflower, and chances are that child will want to eat it.