I grew up in small agricultural communities in Georgia and learned the industry firsthand, reluctantly working a two-acre plot—called a 'garden' by local farmers—that provided much of what our family ate. Born with two brown thumbs, I left the country for the city as soon as I could, where I found I could actually make a living writing about people who work.
Chip is a former writer for Verywell Health covering food safety. Formerly a syndicated columnist with The Chicago Tribune, an AOL contributor and a Washington Post columnist, in 2009 Chip became the Southeastern Editor of The Produce News, a 115-year-old trade publication covering the fresh produce industry. In 2017, he became an editor and publisher at Southeast Produce Weekly.
Chip's byline has appeared in more than 200 publications around the world. He covers the Southeast and beyond from Tampa, FL, where he has lived since 1993. A constant traveler, Chip may be in the fields and packinghouses of the Rio Grande Valley of Texas one week and visiting the ports of the Delaware River (where much of the nation's supply of imported fruit and vegetables arrives) in that state, Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey the next.
Chip attended Clayton State University and Georgia State University.
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