A native Virginian, Sarah Thompson moved to upstate New York’s Finger Lakes region in 2005 to cook; her husband, to make wine. Today, she focuses on crafting approachable stories that explain scientific research—in education, management, plant science, molecular biology, genetics—for lay audiences. Sarah covers agriculture, science and alumni news for Cornell University, contributes to local food and wine publications, and creates marketing communications for clients.
Her articles have appeared in several Cornell University publications, including the Graduate School enewsletter, the ILR School alumni publication, the College of Agriculture and Life Science’s periodiCALS magazine, and the Cornell Chronicle. Sarah also has reported for Finger Lakes Community Newspapers (Ithaca Times, Trumansburg Free Press, Lansing Ledger and Ovid Gazette), and written for the Finger Lakes Wine Gazette and Edible Finger Lakes magazine. She also is the author of the forthcoming book, Finger Lakes Wine Country, tentatively scheduled to be published by Arcadia Publishing in March 2015.
Along the way, Sarah has managed media and public relations, cooked in professional kitchens, worked in corporate catering sales and event planning, and organized education programs for human resource executives. She lives with her husband and two children in a house they built overlooking Seneca Lake; a barn and winery will hopefully soon follow.
“A fellow line cook once told me that there are two kinds of people who cook professionally: those who can’t do anything else (i.e., those who can’t hold down a 9-to-5 job) and those who don’t want to do anything else. Thankfully, I was neither.”