Photo by Craig McCord,

Photo by Craig McCord,

Photo by Mike Peterson,  Heritage Hollow Farms

Photo by Mike Peterson, Heritage Hollow Farms


Forrest Pritchard, author of the New York Times Bestseller, Gaining Ground, is a full-time organic farmer who holds degrees from the College of William and Mary. His farm Smith Meadows was one of the first “grass-finished,” free-range endeavors in the country, and has sold at leading farmers’ markets in Washington, D.C. for more than fifteen years. Gaining Ground: A Story of Farmers’ Markets, Local Food and Saving the Family Farm was also picked as a top read by The Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, and NPR’s The Splendid Table. The primary blogger for the Facebook page “I Support Farmers’ Markets,” the largest online farmers’ market fan page, he is also a popular public speaker, having given keynote addresses at RAND, Texas Organic Farmers Association, and Weston A. Price International, among others. Pritchard lives with his family on Smith Meadows in Berryville, Virginia.

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Molly McDonald Peterson has been a professional photographer for over 10 years, from the mountains of Aspen to the Virginia Piedmont. As the director of photography for two regional food publications that celebrated local and sustainable food and farmers, she is a two-time finalist for the American Society of Magazine Editors’ annual “Best Cover” award. Molly is known for her food and farm shoots, and has contributed to multiple cookbooks, which she finds amusing since she used to think pancakes came from a box. She lives with her husband, a chef-turned-farmer, in Sperryville, Virginia where they raise pasture-based livestock on nearly 600 acres of leased land at Heritage Hollow Farms

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Love the hand-drawn map in the book? The (uber) talented Daniel Christensen can be found at:

Most of our recipes were prepared and styled by John MacPherson at Foster Harris House: a luxury Inn, Restaurant, and Hotel in Washington, Virginia.

Scenes from Growing Tomorrow Recipe Shoots at  Foster Harris House

Scenes from Growing Tomorrow Recipe Shoots at Foster Harris House