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Katherine Rapin works for the Philadelphia Citizen
Katherine Rapin

Freelance journalist Katherine Rapin has written for the Philadelphia Inquirer, Edible Philly, and While reporting, she’s found herself shoveling compost alongside a frantic farmer, getting schooled on urban gardening and gentrification by teenagers, making empanadas with the matriarch behind a long-running Philly block party and being hand-fed dumplings by a former assistant to the Dalai Lama.

Katherine also interviews unsuspecting strangers while they eat lunch and publishes a monthly ’zine about local grain.

Stories by Katherine Rapin:

The Citizen Recommends: Climate Forum 2020

MSNBC’s Ali Velshi, a Citizen board member, will co-moderate as 12 presidential hopefuls talk to young voters about the climate this week

By Katherine Rapin

I is for Immigrant

It’s Welcoming Week in Philly and America. Al-Bustan’s Immigrant Alphabet offers 26 stories to honor it

By Katherine Rapin



The Cider Revival Book Launch

Friday, Sep 13, 2019

at 613 S. 7th Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19147

Cider is having a major moment. The Citizen’s Foodizen fellow Jason Wilson has traced the story of its resurgence in his new book, The Cider Revival: Dispatches From the Orchard—and we’re throwing a launch party at Philly’s first urban cidery, Hale & True, to celebrate. Join us to meet Wilson and sample Hale & True’s exceptional ciders (including a Basement Series limited edition special). Copies of Cider Revival will be available for sale and signing—and 10% of the cider sales will be donated to The Citizen. In his new book, Wilson travels around New York and New England, with forays to the Midwest, the West Coast, and Europe. He meets the new heroes of cider: orchardists who are rediscovering long lost apple varieties, cider makers who have the attention to craftsmanship of natural winemakers, and beverage professionals who see cider as poised to explode in popularity. The event is open to anyone over 21. Let us know if you can make it by registering here.

Foodizen: Dinner on the Farm

What’s even better than a farm-to-table dinner? A farm-to-farm table dinner, that also helps keep small, sustainable farms afloat

By Katherine Rapin

Foodizen: What you need to know about “ugly produce”

Three companies in Philly offer cheap, fresh produce they say also helps our planet. But, as the next in our series on food and culture uncovers, it’s more complicated than that

By Katherine Rapin

“They Can Win”

When their garden project was halted because of lead in their school, students at Furness High School embarked on a different campaign: To clean every toxic school in Philly

By Katherine Rapin

The Magic Garden

A student-led effort for a multi-generational garden aims to break ground this spring behind a South Philly high school near Cambodia Town, where growing food meets cultural preservation

By Katherine Rapin

Guest Commentary: An Electric Car Trailblazer

As a Citizen story pointed out this week, Philly lags in getting electric cars. Local legend Judy Wicks wants to know why City Council wants to make it harder to have one

By Katherine Rapin