Julie Cushine-Rigg is a writer from Albany, New York. Her writing focuses on agricultural issues as she advocates for a more sustainable food system. She draws on her first career in landscape architecture to communicate how land use influences the environment and its ability to provide our food.

Julie’s first book, A Guide to Buying Farm Fresh: Eating Well and Safely in Upstate New York was published in 2012 with Dan Lynch as editor. The book was written after three years of interviewing farmers, chefs and policy makers as a way to bridge the gap between farmers and consumers. In connection with the book she has done public speaking and book signings. She has also produced a pilot television production entitled “Your Local Harvest” with Chef Ric Orlando as host.

Her writing and photographs have appeared in The Spotlight, the Times Union, Capital Region Living Magazine, the Saratogian, the Troy Record, the Daily Gazette, USGA Section Record, Hard Hat News and Country Folks with over 500 articles.

She enjoys gardening, cooking, taming her German short-haired pointer and being a hockey mom.

Julie was previously a reporter with The Spotlight and is currently a freelance writer.