13 countries, 145 farmers: A profile of Joneve Murphy

By Lauren Manning Many people think you have to plant your feet firmly in one location to sew roots. For some folks, however, the exact opposite is true. Last year, Joneve Murphy embarked on a 10-month journey that snaked 29,000 miles across the globe through 13 countries. “The idea for this project started a long time ago,” says Murphy, who grew up living abroad and traveling with her family from a young age. “My career in agriculture left me with time to gallivant in the off season, and at first I would just go backpacking for a month or two each year.” Murphy has an impressive resume as an organic farmer, with 10 years of experience under her belt including a prestigious gig as the farmer-in-residence at Virginia’s The Inn at Little Washington As Murphy became more involved with farming, her off-season sojourns involved fewer ruins and beaches and more farm visits and explorations of local food systems. Soon, the idea for her yearlong agricultural safari was born. Murphy left her post at the Inn at Little Washington and set sail. The carefully planned route allowed her to meet over 145 food producers around the world, whom she photographed and blogged about for her[...]Read More