Allison M. Sidhu grew up with her hands in the dirt in southeastern Pennsylvania, and she is now based in sunny Los Angeles. Though her patio garden is small and sometimes shaded by the surrounding buildings, it’s filled with blooming purple potato plants and bougianvillea, coral aloe, Carolina jessamine, a young laurel tree, and many succulents. It’s also visited often by hummingbirds and sun-loving lizards. Her potted herb garden, raised vegetable beds, and hanging porch planters are works in progress. Allison holds a BA in English literature from Swarthmore College with minors in history and religion, as well as an MA in gastronomy from Boston University with a focus in nutrition and food policy. When she’s not in the kitchen making a fresh green smoothie or whipping up something tasty for dinner, Allison enjoys perusing the latest seed catalogs, propagating succulents and otherwise tending her garden, and reading up on the latest in food and agriculture policy.
Allison has always loved spending time in the garden. Her grandparents, parents, aunts, and uncles taught her to divine for water, find evidence of visits from faeries, hunt for salamanders, pick the best pumpkins from the patch, and learn the names and natures of as many different plants as possible. A love of the land is ingrained in Allison’s being, and she is most at peace under tall trees, wherever the birds are singing, bees are buzzing, and flowers are in bloom.
Prior to attaining the role of Managing Editor at Gardener’s Path, Allison was a freelance food writer who created content for various food, nutrition, and farming-centric businesses. She also specialized in editing cookbooks and food memoirs for writers across the country. Before that, Allison worked at several vegetarian and eco-friendly restaurants and cafes that doubled as local CSA pickup sites, where she was able to often include ingredients grown locally or onsite in her menu preparations. She was also a seasonal worker at the biggest, longest-running family farm in her county.
Allison is the former editor-in-chief of RENDER, a feminist food magazine, as well as managing editor of Foodal. She’s a big fan of seasonal eating, and sourcing ingredients from the local farmers market as well as her own backyard.
Allison’s areas of expertise include food and agriculture policy, edible gardening, sustainability, foraging, the future of farming, nutrition and healthy eating, and the history of food. She’s also interested in dietary disease, issues surrounding food insecurity, public food forests, all types of home gardening, food and agricultural traditions and rituals, and the latest food trends. If she had to pick a favorite food from the garden, it would probably be a juicy heirloom Jersey tomato…
… or the first sweet peas of the springtime…
… or a freshly picked strawberry, peaches, or sweet corn grown on her uncle’s farm…
There are too many favorites to choose just one!
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