Caroline Abels is a journalist, essayist, and editor focusing on issues related to local agriculture and the humane treatment of farm animals. She lives in central Vermont, where she also practices Zen Buddhism.
From 1997 to 2003, Caroline worked at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, where she was the paper’s first cultural arts reporter. Following that, she earned a master's degree in Environmental Advocacy and Organizing from Antioch University New England.
Since 2007, she has been the founding editor of the quarterly magazine Vermont’s Local Banquet, which covers local food and farming issues. In 2011, she launched Humaneitarian, a website that inspires people to find and eat humanely raised meat. She is also a freelance editor, available to assist individuals and organizations with editing or writing projects, large or small. Her goal as a writer and editor is to produce work that is viscerally felt, meticulously investigated, and consistently honest.
Caroline has worked on an organic dairy farm and two small-scale livestock farms in Vermont. In 2009, she joined with six other Vermont residents to establish the Vermont State House Food Garden, the first public vegetable garden planted on the lawn of an American state capitol in modern times.