Adrian White

Adrian WhitE

Writer Emeritus

Adrian White is an organic farmer, gardener, and certified herbalist based in the Iowa City area of Iowa.

When it comes to writing about food, she loves indulging in the growing and agricultural aspect of it – as well as its potential for health and healing. Food, agriculture, and herbalism form her trifecta of passions.

Adrian has written many food, herbalism, and health-oriented articles that have been published around the web. She has also ghostwritten nearly a dozen published Amazon Kindle e-books on these subjects, many of which are bestsellers.

Adrian’s interest in food began in 2008, with the culture surrounding its production, sustainability, and environmental impact igniting her passions most of all. This sparked her to set up an immersive college internship in Ecuador to learn organic food production – which later led her through many U.S. regions: southern Oregon, Appalachia, the Southwest, and the Midwest.

Adrian has learned CSA management and microgreen production as a participant in projects near Houston, Texas; infrastructure and start-up practices in northern California; animal husbandry and mushroom cultivation in North Carolina; as well as the basic tenets of organic vegetable production in these places and more, including Oregon and Minnesota throughout 2008-2011.

Her educational path finally led her to eastern Iowa in 2012, where she became Field and Pack-Shed Manager, CSA Administrator, and Web Master at Echollective Farm & CSA – an organic farming business she still remains connected to and involved in today.

Adrian strongly insists that growing food is more her niche than cooking it (though she does try)! She adheres to a low- to no-gluten diet, but absolutely cannot resist breakfast foods and crab meat rangoons.

Otherwise, Adrian loves to tinker with fermented beverages more than anything else, like kombucha and shrubs, as well as healing herbal preparations.

Her main food, farming, and herbalism endeavors have sprouted into her own project, Deer Nation Herbs, a developing LLC that grows and produces healthy, organic veggies and greens along with herbal simple syrups, bitters, and shrubs.

She is a cooperative grower with the Greenshare LLC of the Iowa City area, making her produce and products available to local restaurants.

Body of Work:

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Classic Ratatouille (The Dish, Not the Movie)

If you haven’t made ratatouille before, give our recipe a try this week. A hearty and rustic combination of vegetables comes together to create a meal that is the epitome of comfort. With a burst of fresh herbs, it’s a simple and straightforward dish that’s nutritious and flavorful, and easy to make. Get the recipe.

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Calzones with Sausage and Peppers

Pizza pleases a crowd, and these mouthwatering calzones are no different. They’re a cinch to build in bulk, thanks to a leg up from store-bought dough. Generously stuffed with Italian sausage, bell peppers, and fluffy ricotta cheese, these savory pockets won’t last long. Get the recipe now on Foodal to make your own.

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Savory German Onion Tart: A Comfort Food Classic

This classic German onion tart is the perfect dish for a cozy night in when it’s cold outside. And served with a green salad or some veggies, it makes a delightful choice for lunch or dinner throughout the year. Enjoy the savory and delicious combination of onions, bacon, and creme fraiche in every slice.

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Puddingbrezel: A Classic German Pastry

The puddingbrezel is a very special kind of pretzel. Made of buttery danish pastry with a smooth and sweet vanilla pudding filling, these little treats combine the best qualities of baked goods and desserts. Foodal shows you how to make this sweet treat – read more now.

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