Amy Halloran

The 10th Annual Eugene J. McCarthy Residency

Amy Halloran

March 19-22, 2017

Amy Halloran, author of The New Bread Basket, conducts the tenth annual Eugene McCarthy Residency March 19-22 at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University.

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Amy Halloran is the author of The New Bread Basket. She has been following the revival of the regional grain movement in the Northeast for several years. She writes about food and agriculture for farming newspapers, cooking websites, and regional magazines.

Her involvement in local food systems began with the Troy Waterfront Farmers Market in upstate New York, which bloomed under her care to a fifty-vendor year-round marketplace with more than a thousand weekly shoppers. She works with friends and neighbors to change the foodscape in her city, teaching classes in cooking, baking, and food justice, and volunteering at a youth-powered farm.

Her book, The New Bread Basket, How the New Crop of Grain Growers, Plant Breeders, Millers, Maltsters, Bakers, Brewers, and Local Food Activists Are Redefining Our Daily Loaf, explores the revival of the regional grain movement in the Northeast. The people profiled in The New Bread Basket return to traditional methods like sourdough fermentations that may address dietary ills attributed to grains such as wheat. Their work makes our foundational crops vital and visible again.

The McCarthy Residency showcases the work and skills of someone who has a distinguished career in public service, policy or politics through an on-campus residency. The primary purpose of the residency is to give students extended access to someone with real knowledge and wisdom about policy, civic engagement and public life.

Past residents have included Al Eisele '58, editor of The Hill; former U.S. Senator Dave Durenberger '55; Executive Director of the Citizens League Sean Kershaw; former Professor of Communication at the Annenberg School Kathleen Hall Jamieson; John Chromy '64 of CHF International; retired MPR host Gary Eichten '69; the Theater of Public Policy. Last year, Dr. Paul Heer served as the McCarthy resident.


The McCarthy Residency showcases the work and skills of someone who has a distinguished career in public service, policy, or politics through a week long on-campus residency. Through visits to classes, cafeterias, practices, and public programs, the McCarthy resident engages a wide spectrum of the CSB/SJU community in addition to the general public. The McCarthy residency culminates in a dinner honoring the resident and a final keynote program open to the campus community and the public. The primary purpose of the residency is to give students extended access to someone with real knowledge and wisdom about policy, civic engagement, and public life.