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Up front: Yes, send us your stuff. We will read it and get back to you as soon as we are able.

We are small potatoes. And we play by our own rules.

We encourage people to send us articles, stories, poetry, photos and artwork which represent, celebrate, illustrate, explain, criticize, exalt, and poke fun at small farms, family farms, food justice, clean-natural farming and self-aware rural lifestyles.

No, we don’t commission articles, and no we don’t send you off to do a project piece.

We have no length restrictions, the content should dictate the length.

We get from you one-time rights so you are welcome to send it elsewhere.

You can put your article in an envelope and mail it to us. Or, you can call our office and let us know you are emailing an article for consideration. We usually won’t open email attachments we aren’t expecting, so get in touch with us BEFORE you send something along. That way we can watch for it. If you email an article we prefer it is in the body of the email rather than as an attachment. Images can be emailed separately at 72 dpi x 1800+ pixels wide, preferably as jpeg files. We need high resolution images, or good originals.

We are a small family business of boundless enthusiasms and sorely limited income. We ‘cannot’ pay much though we sincerely wish that were not true because much of the materials we have received over these last forty years have been astounding and worthy of high praise and pay. But we couldn’t and didn’t. Thankfully we have never let that stop us trying to find exceptional materials to print in our publication. And when we say exceptional we are NOT speaking of professional or polished or correct or scholarly. We are speaking of good stuff, good and better.

As the editor for these many long years I call tell you that often the best articles and stories have come from people who had little schooling but felt compelled to share the story or the recipe or the clues. I recall hen-scratched letters written on the backs of soiled envelopes from people who apologized up front by saying this was the first time they ever wrote to a magazine, and I recall how that material stopped me cold with its genuine sincerity and experienced, shared truth. I also recall thick, dense, awkward articles which, though difficult to get into, provided mountains of critically important information. If you haven’t figured it out yet, that’s the sort of stuff we keep waiting for. We want more of it. So we say, we want to get materials from farmers, and people of country lives, as well as from observers. And we are less concerned about grammar and sentence structure than we are about sincerity and usefulness. If you are a professional writer chances are we will never be able to afford you, but don’t let that stop you from trying. If you are beginning a career as a writer, we tell you here and now that we are not the ones who are going to make your career. But we well may be the ones to get you into print.

It’s all up to you.

Lynn Miller – editor/publisher