Debbie Weingarten is a Tucson-based writer and the editor of Baja Arizona Magazine. Her work has been featured in Guernica, the Guardian (through the Economic Hardship Reporting Project), Longreads, Vela, Rodale's Organic Life, Modern Farmer, Civil Eats, Aeon, The Development Set, The Establishment, Terrain.org, Mutha Magazine, Edible Baja Arizona, and others.
Her essay “The Mule Deer” was the nonfiction winner of the 2017 Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest and listed by Sun Dress Press as one of the 30 most transformative essays of 2016. “The Hunted” was nominated by Guernica for the Best of the Net Anthology. Her essays are included in the 2016 and 2017 Best of Food Writing anthologies. She has won several Arizona Press Club awards for her environmental, social issues, human interest, and profile writing. Her fiction has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, the Dzanc Books Best of the Web, and placed third in the Glimmer Train Press Very Short Fiction contest.
In addition to writing and editing, Debbie is a community organizer and local food activist. A former vegetable farmer, she is the co-founder of the Farm Education & Resource Network, an organization focused on supporting southern Arizona beginning and existing farmers. She serves on the City of Tucson’s Commission for Food Security, Heritage & Economy. She is a writing partner for The Female Farmer Project, where she documents the rise of women in agriculture.