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The Packer, a Farm Journal Media publication, is expanding its editorial strength on the East Coast with Amy Sowder as Northeast Editor.

Based in New York City, Sowder brings more than 10 years of experience to her position, including staff positions at The News-Press in Florida, Chowhound.com and Smitten Kitchen in New York.

“I am excited to add such a highly regarded journalist to reinforce The Packer’s commitment to providing the most robust and trusted news coverage in the Northeast and Eastern Seaboard,” said Shannon Shuman, vice president and publisher for The Packer. “Amy’s editorial coverage will strengthen The Packer’s commitment to covering this important geography as the produce market grows in this major population center of the U.S.”

As a freelance journalist, Sowder has been published in USAtoday.com, Women’s Health, Bon Appétit, Upworthy, Brooklyn Magazine and many other publications. She has a degree in magazine journalism from the University of Florida.

“We are looking forward to Amy’s contribution to The Packer,” said Tom Karst, editor-in-chief of The Packer. “Her coverage of the Northeast produce industry’s issues, events and personalities will bring a new dimension to our analysis and fresh insights for our readers.”

Amy started with The Packer on Nov. 8 and can be reached at [email protected]