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: We Are the Seeds

PAFA’s new landscapes exhibit is the jumping off point for this weekend’s celebration of the people missing from those paintings: Local Native Americans

By Katherine Rapin

Foodizen: Composting in the City

Philadelphians dump 400,000 tons of food and yard scraps into the landfill every year. A city community composting pilot is working to put that waste to good use

By Katherine Rapin

The Citizen Recommends: Life is Magic

Citizen Co-Founder Larry Platt talks to former Eagle long snapper Jon Dorenbos about his new memoir next week at the Free Library

By Katherine Rapin

Business for Good: Ready to Work

Everyone benefits when companies like Boathouse Row’s Cosmic Cafe hire people with disabilities for meaningful work

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