Tracie McMillan

Tracie McMillan, a freelance journalist whose work centers on food and class, is a Senior Fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University. Her first book, The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebee's, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table, will be published by Scribner in February 2012. Learn more on her website.

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New Agtivist: Growing food sovereignty in the desert

In the unincorporated colonias near the borderlands of New Mexico -- an area known for its poverty and lack of infrastructure -- food activist Rebecca Wiggins-Reinhard is planting gardens and inspiring a new take on food.

New Agtivist: Kandace Vallejo is working for food access in the heart of Texas

Kandace Vallejo.Construction workers may not be the most obvious constituency for a preacher of the locavore gospel. Yet in the airy stretches of Austin’s Pecan Springs neighborhood, Kandace Vallejo is making inroads from her perch in a bright blue building …

Dirty South: Youth farms keep New Orleans teens in school gardens

The effort solves an important riddle: how to keep students engaged with food after eighth grade.