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Whitney Pipkin

Freelance Journalist

Washington, DC area

Whitney Pipkin

A staff writer for the Chesapeake Bay Journal and a freelance journalist focused on food, farms and the environment. Her freelance work appears nationally in The Washington Post, National Geographic, Smithsonian Magazine and Civil Eats and in regional publications like Virginia Living, Northern Virginia and Arlington magazines and the Delmarva Farmer. Pipkin served as guest editor for Edible DC’s summer 2016 issue focused on how to eat with the Chesapeake Bay in mind.

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The secret sauce in this ketchup? Vegetables.

When it comes to getting the pickiest palates to try new foods, parents have a few tried-and-true tricks. They can finely chop (or, better yet, Vitamix) the new ingredient into a smoothie or casserole, only to tell the child that she actually loves beets—because she just ate one. Or they can drape the new item in that most familiar and beloved of children’s food groups: ketchup.
Northern Virginia Magazine Link to Story
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Uyghur Dishes Are Hot at Queen Amannisa

Head to Crystal City for a taste of this lesser-known cuisine hailing from Western China. When we think of Chinese dumplings or other ubiquitous mainstays in American take-out culture, pork features prominently. That is, unless the cook behind it hails from a Chinese Muslim minority group—one with roots along the Silk Road that long ago replaced pork with a dizzying confluence of other flavors.
Arlington Magazine Link to Story
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Protecting the Spaces Where Local is Grown

There’s an imperceptible edge when you leave the city, where the skyline gives way to subdivisions and then to larger and larger patches of verdant fields. Perhaps you’ve watched with a sigh as the scenery changed on your way to a wedding, winery or U-pick patch. But if you buy produce at a farmers market, this transition area is also where it was most likely grown—and it is no small feat to ensure that produce will still be grown there in the future. This ring of land just beyond the District’s suburbs is a patchwork of open spaces surrounding still-pressing development. A growing portion of it is being protected from development by a mix of government and private programs to preserve farmland or open spaces, but their success can be subject to the whims of a new county board or the funding of a state program.
Edible DC Magazine Link to Story
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Editor of EdibleDC's Sustainability Issue

I guest edited EdibleDC's first Sustainability issue in the Summer of 2016. The content of the entire magazine, including several pieces I wrote for it, focused on the Chesapeake Bay and how to eat with its best in mind. Flip through the issue here.
Edible DC Magazine Link to Story
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The Whole Hog: A Waste Not, Want Not Approach to Local Food

With breeds like Ossabaw, Mulefoot and Large Black, Spring House Farm’s pigs are the makings of farm-to-table fables. But trucking the immense black pigs from the farm in Lovettsville to the butcher to the chefs—most of whom wanted chops, not noses or tails—became a money-losing endeavor a few years in, says farmer Andrew Crush.
Northern Virginia Magazine Link to Story
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Opening Act: The Bittersweet Intro of an Aperitif

slightly bitter, slightly sweet, fully invigorating—of the aperitif. Just as taste buds grow to love the bitter and bracing later in life, our cocktail culture is coming of age—and seeking something a bit more bittersweet. The signposts are appearing on menus and behind bars across the region under a categorical heading the French tell us we’ve been ignoring for far too long: Aperitifs.
Virginia Living Link to Story
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SOIL THERAPY: Red Wiggler Farm nurtures people with disabilities

Tyler Cunningham has been running the mower at Red Wiggler Farm for 15 years, and he’s good at it. He can mow back overgrown edges and carve narrow strips into fields of hairy vetch and rye, defining rows for spring plantings, with ease. He can even fix the mower when it breaks, no small feat for a 56-year-old with developmental disabilities, one who’s found a career and identity as a farmer. Practically predicting the locavore movement that would make its community-supported agriculture (CSA) shares a hit, the farm was founded in 1996 based on two tenets: that people with developmental disabilities need meaningful employment and that there’s nothing more meaningful than growing food for people…
Edible DC Magazine Link to Story
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Behind Closed Doors: The Airlie Center

When an unexpected snowstorm caused a couple to pull off the highway just north of Warrenton one Saturday night in February, they followed the signs to Airlie. A couple of years ago, they wouldn’t have made it up the driveway of the sprawling retreat center, past the signs warning “private property” and “registered guests only.”.
Virginia Living Link to Story
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Don’t Sit Baby in the Corner

Smile, leave a big tip and other notes on dining with an infant from Whitney Pipkin. There are two types of eating-out experiences when you bring a newborn along: the ones in which the baby falls asleep in the car seat on the way to dinner and snoozes soundly through the entire meal, and the ones in which she does not.
Northern Virginia Magazine Link to Story
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Can local food feed the world?

A wide grin spreads across Marland Buckner's face as he walks toward an overgrown apple orchard. Clusters of ginger-gold spheres dot the trees' upper branches, waiting to be picked. A small herd of goats is basking in the midsummer sun just beyond their shade, taking a break from their daily duty of eating whatever apples and greenery they can reach on hind legs. Shaking hands with the three farmers he's hired to care for these animals and this land, known as ForeverView Farms, Buckner steps back to breathe in the view, letting the city and its abstract food policies give way to the tangible scene before him. "So this is how local feeds the world," he says, gesturing to the nearly 40-acre piece of land he bought two years ago.
Edible DC Magazine Link to Story
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HEAVY DUTY: Obesity's Threat to National Security

Citing youth obesity as a threat to national security, military leaders hope to turn the tide, starting with schools.
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Your Food Waste CSA, Delivered

The avocados are too small. The apples don’t stand up on their own. The carrots have a little too much, shall we say, character. But Hungry Harvest's customers don’t seem to mind. In fact, wanting such foods to go to good use is one of the reasons they signed up to receive a weekly share of the so-called“ ugly produce” from the Columbia, Maryland–based startup.
Edible DC Link to Story

About

Whitney Pipkin

Whitney Pipkin is a staff writer for the Chesapeake Bay Journal and a freelance journalist focused on food, farms and the environment. Her freelance work appears nationally in The Washington Post, National Geographic, Smithsonian Magazine and Civil Eats and in regional publications like Virginia Living, Northern Virginia and Arlington magazines and the Delmarva Farmer. Pipkin served as guest editor for Edible DC’s summer 2016 issue focused on how to eat with the Chesapeake Bay in mind.
A wife and mother based in Northern Virginia, she occasionally blogs about food, family, fitness and faith (how's that for alliteration?) at ThinkAboutEat.com.