Jason Mark, Writer-Farmer



Jason standing in an arctic landscape


Howdy. And thanks for stopping by.

I’m a San Francisco Bay Area-based environmental journalist and the author of Satellites in the High Country: Searching for the Wild in the Age of Man.

When I say I’m an environmental journalist, that means I cover pretty much anything and everything having to do with the intersection between industrial civilization and wild nature.

I traveled to Taiji, Japan to profile former dolphin trainer turned animal rights activist Ric O’Barry. I went to Fort McMurray, Alberta in the depth of winter to investigate the social and ecological impacts of the Canadian tar sands (before really anyone had heard of the Keystone XL pipeline). I criss-crossed the Louisiana bayou during the BP blowout in the Gulf of Mexico. While on the trail of a good story I’ve tracked wolves in the Gila Wilderness, visited big corporate farms as well as small organic ones, and trekked into the after burns of forest fires.

Much of this reporting was done for Earth Island Journal, the quarterly magazine where I’ve been the editor since 2007. I also regularly freelance for a range of national magazines and websites.

I’m also something of an advocate. In 2005 I helped to revive San Francisco’s largest urban farm. I continue to keep my hands in the dirt at Alemany Farm, and I still often write and speak about the value of sustainable agriculture.

I have a degree in international relations from Georgetown University and a certificate in ecological horticulture from the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems at UC-Santa Cruz.

I live with my daughter, Lily Miel, and my partner, Nell, in Oakland, California.