I first met Danelle Myer of One Farm in 2012. That’s her, with her hand on her hip. At the time, I was figuring out how to write New Prairie Kitchen, and she was figuring out how to become a successful farmer. She was in a state of transition, and so breathtakingly honest about her vulnerability and the uncertainty of the path she was about to take that I had to know more about her, so I interviewed her and wrote a story for Edible Omaha. A million years later Edible Feast, an offshoot of the Edible franchise, partnered with Perennial Plate and PBS to create a new program about chefs, farmers, home cooks and artisans. They selected the Omaha foodshed for a segment and I’m fortunate enough to call a few people in this episode friends.
As a journalist it’s difficult to write about people who hold their cards too close. I think a lot about vulnerability and trust these days and about how brave you must be to live truthfully in those realms. Danelle admitted to me, a stranger who was writing down her every word, that she threw herself a pity party at the age of 37. She admitted weakness, fear and self-loathing. She admitted ignorance and took big risks, not the least of which was telling her story to me. She is also one of the few organic farmers that I have interviewed who are open about their relationship with conventional farming. I think I might have valued that the most. She’s a rare gem. Please forgive me for bragging about her, but I think you will see it’s justified.