Modern Farmer Loses Entire Editorial Staff

Future Uncertain for Celebrated Farm-to-Table Magazine

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Modern Farmer, the quarterly magazine documenting the farm-to-table movement, has lost its entire editorial staff and will not publish its spring issue.

"There is no editorial staff, which means there will not be new content for some time," Jesse Hirsch, a now-former editorial staff member at Modern Farmer, told Ad Age in an email.

The New York Times first reported the staff departures.

Mr. Hirsch said the magazine is not necessarily shutting down. "I would not say it's closing," he said, adding that "it's possible the magazine's owners will revive it with new editorial staff at some point."

According to the Times, staff at Modern Farmer alerted advertisers that it would not print a spring issue. But a PR firm representing the magazine's owner told the Times that Modern Farmer would publish in the summer with new editorial staffers.

Modern Farmer published its first issue in Spring 2013 and quickly earned acclaim, including from Ad Age, which honored it as a "One To Watch" on its annual Magazine A List that year. It also won a coveted National Magazine Award in 2014 -- the first time a magazine that was only a year old had earned such an honor.

Modern Farmer has carried advertising from food major brands including Chipotle and Dodge, as well as smaller food and apparel companies. Its circulation is 100,000.

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