Sarah Mock

Sarah Mock

Freelance Rural and Agriculture Writer and Researcher

Recent Stories


Students of Color See a Future in Agriculture, but Farming Is a Tougher Sell

Read at Civil Eats >>

Stop Saying Farmers Must Feed the World

Read on Medium >>

Rural Investment Could be the Next “Big Opportunity”

Read at The Daily Yonder >>

Sustainable Ag Intensification and Climate Adaptation Top USDA’s Science Agenda

Read at AgFunder News >>

America’s Rural Purge

Read on Medium >>

Dairy Margin Cover; Safety Net or Stumbling Block for Struggling Dairy Farmers

Read at Farm + Dairy >>

More Rural and Ag Print Stories >>

Broadcast Stories


About Sarah

Rural life was a passion of mine long before it became my career. I grew up milking goats on a farm in Wyoming, studied economic development at Georgetown, and since then have worked alongside farmers and communities struggling to remain relevant in a changing world; from California’s Central Valley, to the Midwest, and around the globe. By the time I was asked to cover ag and rural issues in Washington for RFD-TV (the country’s only dedicated rural TV network), I had learned these issues from the perspective of a business liaison, academic researcher, and community member.

While reporting on everything from the 2018 Farm Bill to the rural healthcare crisis to disaster recovery efforts across the country, I’ve worked to find meaningful, human stories that relate the critical facts to a rural audience, while also creating a window through which urban and suburban viewers and readers could understand a bit more about the paradoxes that define so many spaces beyond the city limits. It’s a fascinating challenge– one that my sprawling network of rural family, friends, and colleagues have helped me take on and learn to love.

“I was raised by rural people; I’ve experienced their virtues and their violence, and I believe they are exceptional. Rural communities are petri dishes of democracy, each one an experiment that could help us discover new, better ways for us to live together. I have no choice but to keep telling the stories of these communities, to add depth to misunderstandings and challenge misrepresentations, because America’s rural story is my own.”

Work with Sarah

If you’re looking to connect for freelance opportunities or to work together on a project, get in touch with me at sarahkmock1 (at)

Let’s Chat!

Have a lead on a great rural or agricultural story that needs to be told? Interested in learning more about what I do or how I might be able to help tell your story? Send me an email or reach out via social.

Hire Sarah

Looking for some additional expertise on your next rural or agri-food related project? Email me at sarahkmock1 (at) to learn more about my commercial portfolio.