About

michellephoto

Versatile journalist, editor and broadcaster with more than 20 years of experience producing copy across multiple industries and disciplines. Areas of expertise include lifestyle, travel, food, gardening, recreation, science, art, music and history.

Curriculum Vitae

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Fun Facts:

Outstanding in my field
I ran my own small organic farm for ten years. Transforming four acres of abandoned Mississippi cotton field into an organic oasis, I raised heirloom vegetables, herbs, flowers and chickens for sale to restaurants, grocers and farmers’ markets. Taylor Creek Farm was featured in the Mississippi Business Journal, Turner South’s TV program Three Day Weekend as well as several magazines and newspapers. As an advocate for local and organic food and gardening, I regularly speak and moderate on the subjects, including a starring role in a series of informational television episodes. I now live on a farm in Scotland and enjoy learning how to garden in a completely different climate.

I Dig Ancient History
Armed with a Master’s degree in Anthropology, archaeology has always been a second career for me. While serving as a writer for the U.S. Forest Service, I was also a District Archaeologist, and have worked on and off in the field since 1994. My work has taken me to Israel and around the south-eastern United States. Settlement patterns, environmental archaeology and cemetery preservation are my specialities.

Produce This!
I love throwing parties. Big parties. Parties that are so big they are actually festivals. I was the founder and director of the Taylor Farmers’ Market from 2008-2012, a weekly celebration of local food, art and music, which was featured in national media and was voted a top Mississippi farmers’ market by Delta Magazine. I also produced a Renaissance fair, several music and art festivals and helped start the Oxford Shakespeare Festival.

Press:

“Urban sprawl in the hinterlands,” Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal

Forest Service archaeologists get the ‘scoop’ on ancient civilizations,” Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal

“Green Practices, Lush Produce Pay for Taylor Farmers,” Garden Valley

39th Annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival 

Eat Local Panel at University of Mississippi

Small Business Spotlight, Mississippi Business Journal

Expats Blog: American Expat Living in Scotland, Interview with Michelle

Pizza TV

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  1. Michelle! Your blog is fantastic! I could tell what a great writer you are as soon as I started scrolling and then I got to this….clearly you’re a professional. 🙂 It’s not a paid opportunity, but I wondered if you’d be willing to guest post for a travel writing feature on Tipsy Lit (tipsylit.com). It’s a good-sized community of writers and readers and I’m one of the writers. Email me at deanna1608@yahoo.com if interested and I can forward you more info. So glad you came over to my expat blog!

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