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Women Who Inspire: Naomi Starkman

(Photo Credit: Paula Crossfield) NAME: Naomi Starkman AGE: 43 OCCUPATION: Co-founder and editor-in-chief of Civil Eats WHO SHE IS: Most of us would consider a law degree and a few executive-level stints in magazine publishing good enough to call it a day. But not Naomi Starkman. She got schooled in organic farming, and hung her shingle as a food policy consultant for groups like Consumers Union. Five years ago, she breathed fire into Civil Eats, a daily site of news and commentary about the state of the food system. Until recently, she and co-founder Paula Crossfield essentially ran the site on fumes and the good will of 100-plus unpaid contributors (myself included). However last fall, they defied the 30-day odds and raised $100K via Kickstarter, with rousing social media and financial support from the food-erati — Michael Pollan, José Andrés and Ruth Reichl among them. Now they’re really cooking with gas. My prediction? We ain’t seen nothing yet. WHY SHE INSPIRES ME: I’ve met fewer people more driven or determined not just to make something work, but to create …