Jeff Benedict

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Jeff Benedict is an award-winning journalist and author who teaches writing at Southern Virginia University. His book, "Poisoned: The True Story of the Deadly E. coli Outbreak That Changed the Way Americans Eat," was published in 2011.

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When I left Connecticut with my family four years ago, we settled into a rural Civil War-era farm in Virginia. I never intended to farm — I was just happy to find an affordable historic home with a few acres around it. But after settling in, we converted our place to an organic farm. It happened gradually. First it was a few vegetable gardens. Then some fruit trees. Eventually we added chickens, hens and horses.…