Adrian White

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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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How to Get a Picky Child to Eat Healthy

Do you have picky children at home who refuse to eat any fruits or vegetables? Are you struggling to find better options to increase their intake of nutrient-dense breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack foods? We have some creative solutions for you. Read Foodal’s helpful tips to find and make healthy foods they’ll enjoy.

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Fruity Asparagus Salad

Are you looking for a fun and fresh salad? Want a recipe that features fresh fruits and celebrates veggies at their peak? Ditch the greens, and make this fruity asparagus salad instead. The quick and easy recipe combines blanched spears with tart strawberries and juicy cherry tomatoes. Read more now.

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Dairy-Free Chocolate Cheesecake

Can you make a rich and tantalizing cheesecake without any dairy products? While it may seem crazy, you certainly can with our tasty dairy-free recipe. With a dense and decadent chocolate filling and a chocolate cookie crust, it’s the perfect, easily achievable alternative. Read more to learn how to make it at home.

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Spicy Wasabi: A Rare Rhizome with Huge Flavor

Do you think wasabi is just that green blob you’re too afraid to eat on your sushi plate? Think again! Wasabi is an extraordinary rare plant with a vibrant flavor and spicy punch. Learn exactly what it is, how to buy it, how to prep and store it at home, and how to use it in your own kitchen. Read more now.

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