Edible Communities Is Celebrating Our 15th Anniversary!

March 01, 2017
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Since the launch of Edible Ojai and Ventura County in 2002, we’ve worked hard to be an influential voice in the food world by keeping focused and passionate about local food, how it’s grown and harvested, what defines regional flavors and trends, and how to prepare and present food in a way that’s rooted in local culture.

We like to think our success is a testament to growing interest in hyper-local food and sustainable practices. “It's for people in their communities to learn the stories of their food and the people who nurture it. Every farmer, artisan and restaurant influences who we are as a community and we celebrate that in the pages of our magazine,” said Sarene Wallace, editor and owner of Edible Ojai and Ventura County since 2013. 

Edible Ojai Premier Issue Spring 2002
Edible Ojai Premier Issue Spring 2002

Noted author and New York University food studies professor, Marion Nestle, cites how we’ve shined a light on the value of local, sustainable and organic foods. “Real social changes start locally, and build from there. That’s why Edible Communities matters so much. They are a force for strengthening local food movements, supporting community development and taking political action for a healthier and more sustainable future,” Nestle recently wrote.

In 2011, the James Beard Foundation honored us with its first-ever Publication of the Year Award, pointing out that Edible’s “underlying values speak to today’s spirit of shared responsibility: every person has the right to affordable, fresh, healthful food on a daily basis.”

Edible founders Tracey Ryder and Carole Topalian started Edible Ojai as a one-color, 16-page newsletter to connect local farmers with consumers, sharing knowledge about farmers markets, community-supported agriculture farms and farm-to-table restaurants. As the local food movement has grown, so has the Edible network of magazines -- titles across North America exceeds 1.5 million copies. 

We’re happy with how we’ve grown, and we’re excited to see what the future holds for the local food movement. Thank you, our intelligent readers, for walking this road with us!

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