Tracey Ryder & Carole Topalian, Co-Founders, Edible Communities, Inc.
Ryder and Topalian co-founded Edible Communities — the world’s largest media company dedicated to the local food movement, in 2002, with the launch of the brand’s first title, Edible Ojai. Today, there are nearly 90 Edible magazines across the US and Canada, producing six million copies annually. Ryder has enjoyed a career in writing, graphic design and marketing and Topalian is a renowned photographer, both commercially and with her fine art work, which has garnered her over 70 shows internationally. Both are avid cooks and gardeners who believe that excellent story telling has the power to change lives. The two credit each of the local Edible magazine publishers as being the company’s most essential and valuable ingredient.
Photo: Fran Collin.