Starting A New Chapter: Raising Cattle

Yesterday afternoon, I curled up on my couch and started my weekend ritual: flipping through the Sunday Times.   After reading the magazine and the wedding pages (by far the most decadent of sections), I commenced the inevitable: reading about food.

I was totally captivated by Christine Muhlke’s article on Judith Jones, an accomplished editor at Knopf.   The woman who saved Anne Frank’s diary from the refuse pile is now raising cattle.  That’s right, cattle. Three years ago she bought six pregnant cows for $900 a piece; now the herd numbers at twenty.  Once a simple hobby, this project seems to have turned into something a bit more serious.

Read the article HERE.

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Associate Producer, Here & Now Most recently, Jessica worked as an associate producer at WBUR's daily local program, Radio Boston. Jessica moved to Boston in 2008 and has lived many places since leaving her native Texas. After graduating from college, Jessica worked as a federal employee, documentary film festival producer, oral historian, university teaching assistant, traveling saleswoman and klezmer musician. Her work and projects have appeared in The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, Bust, Barnard Magazine, National Public Radio, Public Radio International (PRI), and the BBC. Jessica's freelance radio work has received various awards including accolades from the Religion Newswriters Association and the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma. As a Fulbright Scholar in El Salvador, Jessica collected and studied oral histories from the Jewish Community based in San Salvador. Jessica received her B.A. in political science from Columbia University’s Barnard College and her M.A. in history from Indiana University. She learned how to make radio from the phenomenal folks at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies. Jessica lives in Somerville with her husband, twin son and daughter, and two cats. To learn more about Jessica’s projects, both current and past, please visit