Kezia Bacon, writes a monthly column, “Nature (Human and Otherwise),” that has appeared in Gatehouse Media’s South Shore newspapers since 1996. She also writes a weekly “Around Town” column for the Marshfield Mariner. A Kripalu Yoga teacher and Certified Wedding Celebrant, she resides in Marshfield with her son.

Michelle Conway has penned articles for the Boston Globe, the Duxbury Clipper, and the Express papers. She is taking classes towards a Masters’ in Gastronomy at Boston University and is the Membership Director for the Boston Chapter of Les Dames D’Escoffier.

Linda Coombs, Aquinnah Wampanoag, serves as the Director of the Wampanoag Resource Center of the Wampanoag Indigenous Program at Plimoth Plantation. Linda learned about clambakes from the Mashpee Wampanoag people, and has assisted in putting a few on, but has more experience in having them as a meal.

Cathy Sloan Gallagher is a life-long learner, amateur interior designer, and equal parts sailor and road-trip enthusiast, who is usually thinking about food – how to grow it, how to cook it, how to store it, and when to eat it. Her epitaph will undoubtedly read “I’m Hungry”. Cathy is a board-certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner™ (NTP) and is the founder of Real Food Story, a nutritional assessment and learning experience that will help you make the connection between what you eat and how you feel. She lives in Braintree with her husband where they enjoy the various adventures of eating real food. Cathy can be reached at cathy@realfoodstory.com.

Joan Kocsis is a bespectacled, cat-owning word person whose love of cooking once impelled her to start a small food business. She writes educational materials for young people and edits academic prose. A veteran Boston community gardener, she now gardens in Buzzards Bay, where she lives with her history-buff husband.

Kristen Lofstrom is a Holistic Health Counselor focused on working with children, parents, and the community. She received her health counseling training from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York City and she holds a BA in Communications and Special Education from Bridgewater State College. Kristen can be reached at krislofstrom@comcast.net.

Alex Mansfield is the Ecology Program Director for the Jones River Watershed Association and an oyster farmer. Lately, he’s been knocking down dams to help rivers flow and herring swim.

Paula Marcoux brings a background in history and archaeology to bear on her interactions with today’s cooks and farmers. She believes that our local foods are not just a pile of ingredients, but also a diverse collection of techniques and ideas, the cumulative work of many cooks over several centuries. She urges everyone in the eSS&SC community to play along each season by cooking something out of grandmother’s – or better yet, great-grandmother’s – recipe box. Paula’s website: www.themagnificentleaven.com.

Kathy Neustadt is the author of Clambake: A History and Celebration of an American Tradition (University of Massachusetts Press, 1992). She writes about food and culture (particularly of New England), and when she’s not relishing the delights of the South Shore, she lives in New Hampshire with her husband, their two dogs, and four cows.

Anne O’Brien-Kakley is a freelance writer and avid locavore. She enjoys spending time in her garden, cooking yummy food for her family, and reading. Anne is taking time off from a full-time job to raise her daughter and write a novel.

Monica O’Malley-Tavares lives in coastal Massachusetts, where open farmland and salty sea merge into one. In late fall and early winter, you can find her preparing seasonal drinks and food to share with family and friends.

Julia Powers spends much of her time thinking about, purchasing and preparing wonderful food. She strives to use as much locally and organically grown food as possible. Currently, she is pursuing a Masters in Nutrition. She lives in Hingham with her husband and three children. julia.powers@comcast.net

Elizabeth Gawthrop Riely edited The Culinary Times on food history, published by the Schlesinger Library at Radcliffe. Her dictionary, The Chef’s Companion (John Wiley & Sons) is in its 3rd edition, marking changes in the edible landscape. Elizabeth is a regular contributor to Edible Boston. elizabethriely@gmail.com

Katherine Rossmoore is a freelance writer, a former lawyer, certified yoga teacher, and integrative health coach. She is the mother of three boys and is acrobatically trying to balance her commitment to social, environmental, and community causes with the needs of her family, her writing, and her new health coaching business!

Dr. Mark Russo has been a veterinarian since 1973. These days he spends much of his professional time using alternative and holistic medicine to promote healing and wellness. He has been known to particularly enjoy crawling around the floor with his patients and whispering in their ear. Dr. Russo’s non-veterinary interests include volunteer leadership work for non-profit spiritual retreat organizations, yoga, and lots of walking. More at healthyveterianryalternatives.com.

Martha Stone is an award-winning chef, Mom, and Grandmother. Martha is an avid supporter of local foods and organic agriculture. She has worked in food service for most of her life and has owned and operated 2 of her own restaurants, Martha’s Galley, and Martha’s Stone Soup, both in Plymouth.

Kate Strassel is currently pursuing a degree in creative writing and literature at the Harvard Extention School in Cambridge. She lives in East Bridgewater with her husband and two young children and is dedicated to supporting sustainable, organic farming and protecting our environment.

S. Terry Vandewater, freelance writer by day and screenplay writer by night, combines her passion for cooking with an extensive food industry background. Terry lives in Duxbury with her husband and sons, who happily are her willing guinea pigs in the kitchen.

Laura Vaughan is a writer, high school history teacher in Fall River, and owner of the quaint bed & breakfast, The Wayfarer, in New Bedford.

Lisa Whalen birdwatches, cooks and gardens pondside in the backwoods of Plymouth. She makes her living as a copywriter.

Marjorie R. Williams, a native of Pennsylvania, considers herself a successful transplant. She cares deeply about the agricultural and environmental health of southeastern Massachusetts. Working as a book coach and freelance writer, she gains sustenance from her family, friends, and dog. She scurries between South Dartmouth and Cambridge and is grateful to have two feet planted in both worlds. Her book Markets of Paris will be published in Spring 2012 by The Little Bookroom. williamsm@comcast.net

Samantha Woods is the Executive Director of the North and South Rivers Watershed Association and volunteers for the Weir River Watershed in her off hours. Lately, she has been working to restore herring in both of these river systems either through dam removal or appropriate fish ladder management. And long ago in a galaxy far far away she and Alex both were working on their Master’s degrees in the same phytoplankton laboratory at UMass Boston.

Kathleen FitzPatrick Wright began her career in financial services, working at KPMG and State Street. She switched careers and has started her own business providing technical writing services to small businesses and corporations. She also enjoys freelance writing, and her work has appeared in many local newspapers and magazines.