It was decided a few months ago, internally, that there would be no Spring Issue. But with today’s New York Times report of the last two paid Modern Farmer editorial staffers clocking their final day, the future of this Hudson-headquartered quarterly publication is up in the air.
From NYT domestic correspondent Kim Severson’s story:
Jesse Hirsch, a senior editor who came from San Francisco to help start the magazine, and Cara Parks, the executive editor who joined the staff in October, were the paid editorial staff that remained. When they left Friday, the editorial content was left to two interns who were scheduled to leave by the end of January.
In an email to the Times, a PR firm representing primary investor Frank Giustra and the publication’s other stakeholders said replacements will be hired and a Summer Issue printed.
Meanwhile, at the Twitter end, @ModFarm is re-tweeting wistful snippets from present and former contributors as well as fans. Rayham Harmanci for example singled out this 2013 piece as Modern Farmer’s most memorable.
[Slide image via: modernfarmer.com]