Lori Rotenberk

Lori Rotenberk is a Chicago-based journalist whose work has appeared in the New York Times, The Boston Globe, Chicago Wilderness Magazine, and the Chicago Sun-Times. She is also also wild about nature. Follow her on Twitter.

This tractor runs on BS — but it’s the real, eco-friendly deal

Meet the world’s first methane-fueled tractor.

she thinks my tractor's sexy

How do real farmers feel about their industry being sexed up?

Not all farmers are cool with their livelihood being the "new cool.”

In Chicago, parks are on the upswing

From grand old parks designed by the masters to tiny pocket parks in the barrio, the Windy City is going green.

What’s in a name? These farmers know

Blazing Pitchforks Ranch, Fruit Loop Acres, Second Cloud On The Left Farm — these spreads have the most fantastic names.

This Southside Chicago neighborhood is about to become a national park

The neighborhood is a far cry from Yellowstone or Yosemite, but it is significant for other reasons.

Finding the magic and manure in one family’s farming chronicles

The Brockman family writes about the challenges of the seasons, the hard realities of farming organically, and the turmoil of climate change.


These old barns are good for more than reclaimed wood and weddings

Around the country, classic, crumbling farm buildings are being spruced up and put back to work by a new generation of sustainable farmers.

Teaching kids about climate change? Read them a classic story

Skip the lectures and the horror stories, says one environmental science prof, and just help them fall in love with nature.

Cellar's market

A growing appetite for local food sends us back to our root cellars

Don’t want to buy carrots grown in Timbuktu? Good news: Local farmers may have a few tucked away underground.