Ali is the co-founder of 'The Gleaning - hope and deliciousness, food re-told'. An independent radio and podcast about the intersections of food, culture and resiliency. www.thegleaning.org coming soon. @thegleaning
She is the author of two books: 'The Food Activist Handbook: Big & Small Things You Can Do to Help Provide Fresh, Healthy Food for Your Community' (foreword by Alice Randall, Storey Publishing 2015) and 'The Mobile Poultry Slaughterhouse: Building a Humane Chicken Processing Unit to Strengthen Your Local Food System' (foreword by Temple Grandin, Storey Publishing 2013).
Born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin, food has always been a passion of Ali's. During her college days at the UW-Madison, Ali cooked for cash at fancy catered gigs and flipped burgers at Dotty Dumpling’s Dowry. Wanderlust and fluency in Swahili sent her abroad to Kenya and Somalia. Finding her way back to America, pit stops included her ancestral lands of Northern Germany and France, Italy and various Caribbean isles. Married, three boys, a rescue pup, some pigs and a few cats later — Ali is home and lives between the island of Martha’s Vineyard and Putney, Vermont. She cooks to nurture, to create. She writes passionately about food and all that it means — delving deep into our senses and our emotions.
As the former founding Executive Director of Island Grown Initiative, a non-profit that supports the small family farms and farmers of the island, Ali is committed to raising awareness + raising consciousness about the food that we feed to our families.
Her essay series A Cook's Notebook airs periodically on NPR member stations, though its home station is WCAI / WNAN. All essays can be licensed and downloaded from the Public Radio Exchange (PRX.org). Ali is also a sought-after lecturer, speaker, freelance writer and radio producer, currently co-hosting The Local Food Report, produced by Viki Merrick of Atlantic Public Media and airing weekly at WCAI/WNAN.
Ali and her husband Sam Berlow, launched Edible Vineyard in April ‘09. A quarterly print magazine, EV is dedicated to the local community on Martha’s Vineyard, featuring stories and recipes from the Island. Freelance work includes Acres USA, Cape Cod Life, Edible Cape Cod, The Vineyard Gazette.