Can Midwestern farmers stop the steady loss of their most precious possession--their topsoil? This writer says yes, they can.
by Frederick L. Kirschenmann

If our political leaders are really serious about STEM, they need a new approach.
by Kamyar Enshayan

Pollinators are under threat. An Ohio-based biologist describes a project in which ordinary citizens helped save them.
by Amanda Gray
Publisher's note

What does "community" mean on the prairie? In this issue, we offer a mosaic of answers gleaned from the residents of one small town.
by Jon Andelson
Editor's note

For our Associate Editor, the prairie came home hardest through a sky full of stars.
by Emily Mamrak

Women are coming into farming in increasing numbers. As they do, they're changing the way we think about agriculture.
by Sophie Neems

What do rural Iowa and small-town Norway have in common? Plenty, as it turns out. An Iowa Fulbright Scholar explains.
by John Lawrence Hanson
Editor's note

In a community writing workshop, Rootstalk's Editor discovered a small town's true diversity.
by Mark Baechtel
Editor's note

Our other editor for this issue, a native of New York state, also unlearned many of her prejudices before she came to treasure the prairie.
by Emma Thomasch

A "rubber band community" is one that, no matter how far away you go, you always want to come back. This retired teacher explains.
by Bridget Brandt

What's an East Coast transplant to do when she doesn't feel she fits in the Midwest? Fill a car with friends and head for Davenport, Iowa.
by Tracy Harris

There was a time for this retired farmer when Saturday night in his small prairie town was a hot car and someone to race.
by Allan Moyer

A farm is many things: a business, a home, a way of life. For this farmer, it was a thing to share with the whole town.
by Shirley Moyer

A costume, a pillow case, a couple of friends, and a whole town to roam in: that was Halloween for this coffee shop owner.
by Sam Cox
Personal essay

It's a long way from Iraq's battlefields to running a small town barbershop. But because of a little boy's smile, maybe not so far at that.
by Randall Hotchkin

Want to know how prairie culture has changed? Consult the obituaries in your local paper.
by Mary Kay Shanley

The ability to read and write is far from a simple matter, as Wisconsin scholar Deborah Brandt explains in this interview.
by Deborah Brandt

How do we reverse the degradation of our prairie home by industrial ag? The residents of Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage think they know.
by Joshua Lockyer

Blake said we can see the universe in a grain of sand; can we see the prairie expanses of the past in a remnant on an Illinois highway?
by Cindy Crosby

This scholar of Native American culture meditates on the meaning of roots, and the challenge to them represented by energy extraction.
by Sebastian Braun

This contributor has been front-and-center for some of American culture's most dramatic changes, as you'll read in part II of his memoir.
by Dartanyan Brown