I started writing Groundswell once I realized how far we are from knowing where our food comes from and how many people want to change this.  In recent decades, the production of food in the U.S. has been been driven by low prices, convenience, and omni-availability.  I’m not anti-business; but when it comes to our food, I want to know the integrity of the process.

My maternal grandfather was a sheep rancher outside of Faith, South Dakota.  My paternal grandfather had a farm (and the local Philips 66 station) in North English, Iowa.  As for me, in Brooklyn, New York, I am learning from others how to reclaim the knowledge of what is coming to the table.  Groundswell is a collection of cultural profiles – and reports from the field – of people bypassing industrial food production.  Enjoy and engage.

For inspiration, I thank Barbara Kingsolver for this quote.  It’s from Animal, Vegetable, Miracle p. 366:

“The best I can do is recall a moment when I understood I had kept some promise to myself, having to do with learning to see the world differently.”

Additional note:  I am a freelance writer and producer, looking to build sustainable food businesses.  Prior to Groundswell, I worked in business development as the Commercial Director for Beneville Studios, an art and invention studio directed by Michael Beneville.  I have also held program management roles in academia and non-profit organizations, in places as varied as Washington, DC and Buenos Aires, Argentina.  I graduated from Smith College with a B.A. in Religion and concentrated studies in Spanish.

6 Responses to “About the Author: Nicole Reed”

  1. Jay Walsh Says:

    Hi Nicole,

    Love what you’re doing with your blog. Don’t know if you have seen any information on the Transition Towns movement spreading across the country and the world. Thought it might be of interest to you.

    Ken Jones, the Buddhist author, writes of “changing the climate, rather than winning the argument”.

    Transition Initiatives are based on four key assumptions:

    1) That life with dramatically lower energy consumption is inevitable, and that it’s better to plan for it than to be taken by surprise.

    2) That our settlements and communities presently lack the resilience to enable them to weather the severe energy shocks that will accompany peak oil.

    3) That we have to act collectively, and we have to act now.

    4) That by unleashing the collective genius of those around us to creatively and proactively design our energy decent, we can build ways of living that are
    more connected, more enriching and that recognize the biological limits of our planet.

    This will give you an idea of how this is spreading throughout the US. Map of Transition Town initiatives’ in the US
    http://transitionus.org/mullers-map

    There are many Transition Towns forming around the US and around the world. NYC would be a great place to spread this concept.
    http://transitionus.org

    Live Well,

    Jay Walsh

    1. brooklyndelivers Says:

      Hi Jay – It’s great to hear from you. I always enjoy getting a note from someone I haven’t met yet. Thank you.

      Yes, there is a crew of us in NYC who are looking into the Transition Towns. It’s fascinating to consider Hopkin’s idea that a world without oil could be preferable to what we know and love now. So many of us can only imagine an abysmal future without oil. Yet it makes no sense to keep our society moving forward on a limited resource–regardless of whether that resource will run out in the next decade or the next century.

      So, Innovators Unite!

      Thank you for all the information you included.


  2. I love your blog! Too many people have become disconnected from the fact that food is both life giving and something to be greatful for everyday. Your blog helps restore that connection.

    1. brooklyndelivers Says:

      Hi Bruce – Thank you! That is exactly what I’m aiming to do with Groundswell. I’m really happy to hear you enjoy it. Thank you for commenting.

  3. Cathy Conway Says:

    so, this is where we circle back around to be together – in cyberspace! Thank you for doing what you do and for being who you are. Change will not happen without your commitment and the efforts from people like you. It’s really so great to see what you’re doing.

    1. Groundswell Says:

      Ms. Cath, I’m so proud of you! Keep leading the charge.

      One of my favorite quotes is from The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran: “Work is love made visible.” Here’s to making your love visible for all of us lucky to know you! Signed, Mama ; )

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