Ciranna Bird's Communication Portfolio

Between 2014 and 2021, I was a freelance farm and food safety writer focused on infectious disease prevention and educating the public on the health aspects of meat, dairy, and eggs collected from animals that were raised humanely. Below are samples of my written materials and services.

Speaking Events

Presenter – Why is there a decreased demand for COVID-19 vaccine?

May 12, 2021
Location:LATIN-19 meeting via Zoom

Latinx vaccinated in NC per week

Analyzed and presented NC DHHS COVID-19 vaccination data to the Latinx Advocacy Team & Interdisciplinary Network for COVID-19 (LATIN-19). Facilitated a conversation among the 80 attendees on the topics outlined in the Indyweek article, Experts Expect Demand and Enthusiasm for the COVID-19 Vaccine to Begin to Fade as well as additional barrier specific to the Latinx community.

Presenter – Sixteenth Annual Southeast Indian Studies Conference

March 19, 2021
Location: UNC-Pembroke, via Zoom

Sappony Tribe's tractor Kituhwa Farm Indian Beans

I delivered the Food sovereignty effort among NC Tribes presentation for the UNC-Pembroke Southeast Indian Studies Conference. It was an honor to share the information I gathered through one-on-one interviews with members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Coharie Tribe, Haliwa-Saponi Tribe, and the Meherrin Tribe.

Facilitator – Committee on Racial Equity (CORE) In-between

June 20, 2019
Location: Recity Durham, NC 27701

CORE in-between event 2019 CORE in-between event June 2019

During this 2-hour event, Ciranna Bird facilitated a check-in, shared agreements, guided discussion, and debrief process. The purpose of the in-betweens is to discuss our work in addressing the racial disparities in our food systems. Ciranna chose Scene on Radio podcast Episode 43-Losing Ground as the story starter. In this podcast, field producer, John Biewen shares a gripping story of the eviction of farmers Eddie and Dorothy Wise from their hog farm and the role that racial discrimination played in their loss of income, home and health.

An interview with Ciranna Bird on WCOM 103.5 FM

June 12, 2019
Location: WILPF Wake up Call on WCOM 103.5 FM

Ciranna inside the WCOM 103.5 FM radio station Lisa Hoyt and Iris Schwitzer Outside-the-WCOM_103.5_FM recording studio

Ciranna Bird was interviewed on the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) Show. This Wake-Up Call was hosted by Lori Hoyt, the radio broadcaster was Iris Schwitzer and the videographer for the recording posted on YouTube was Emily O’Hare.

During this 55-minute conversation, Ciranna talked about farmworkers in North Carolina, her Colombian heritage, the excellent work being done by Carolina Farm Stewardship Association and resources written by people of color including "The Color of Food: Stories of Race, Resilience and Farming" by Natasha Bowens and “The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South” by Michael W. Twitty.

  1. About the NC Farmworker Institute starting at 1 minute and 55 seconds of the Youtube video.
  2. About Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA) at 18 minutes and 30 seconds and at 36 minutes and 56 seconds of the Youtube video
  3. Mention of The Cooking Gene book at 51 minutes and 14 seconds of the Youtube video.

Conference Coverage Articles

Summary of the "Meat Labels that Matter: What Qualifies as Grass Fed..." panel

Winston-Salem, North Carolina
October 29, 2017

Meat Conference attendees Jeff Carolina Meat Conference logo Winston-Salem bus station

This year’s Carolina Meat Conference, was held in Winston-Salem on Monday and Tuesday. The event attracted men and women who raise livestock on pasture, process the animals into cuts of meat, regulate the labeling of meat, distribute, cook, and/or eat local non-conventionally raised meat. NC Choices, an initiative of the Center for Environmental Food Systems, hosts this type of event yearly to advance the local, niche, and pasture-based meat supply chain in North Carolina and other states.

The Medical Writer's Role in Helping Patients make Health Care Decisions

AMWA Medical Writing & Communication Conference
Denver, Colorado
October 7, 2016

I was chosen as a conference reporter for the 2016 Medical Writing & Communication Conference to cover the open session "The Medical Writer's Role in Helping Patients Make Health Care Decisions." I conducted a follow-up interview with the presenter, Kathi Whitman, MA who is a Project Manager at Intermountain Healthcare. My article was published in the AMWA Journal/V31 N4/2016 on page 164.

Highlights of the 2016 Carolina Food Summit

Rock Quarry Farm, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
September 29, 2016

In September, I attended the Carolina Food Summit: Plates, Policy, and Place. My blog article covers the Conversation Sparks: Hunger, Change, Flavor, Policy, and Sustainability panel and is available at my page.

Highlights of the 2016 Piedmont Grown Annual Conference

Raleigh, North Carolina
March 10, 2016

In March, I attended the Piedmont Grown Annual Conference. My blog article shares the pieces of wisdom provided by the keynote speaker and provides an overview of the intermediate food buyers First Hands Food, Farmer Foodshare and the Sandhills Farm to Table Cooperative. The full-length article is available at my page.

The Launch of the Durham Farm and Food Network

Durham, North Carolina
January 8, 2016

January 8th I attended the Launch of the Durham Farm and Food (DFF) Network. My blog article shares the excitement of learning how this new food council will promote healthy communities, environmental stewardship and economic development in Durham County. The full-length article is available at my page.

The NC Choices Carolina Meat Conference and Small-scale Meat Production

Winston-Salem, North Carolina
October 12, 2015

In October 2015 I attended the two-day NC Choices Carolina Meat Conference. My blog article covers the following panel presentations: What’s the Buzz? Examining the Controversy over Production Practices; Inspected and Exempt Poultry: Options and Obstacles; Heritage Breeds and Pasture-Based Pork Carcass Quality: Research and Field Update. The full-length article is available at my page.

Generate YouTube Videos: Propel Your ... Business and Be of Service

AMWA-DVC 13th Annual Freelance Conference
King of Prussia, Philadelphia
March 28, 2015

I was a conference reporter at the American Medical Writers Association Annual Freelance Conference. After attending the "The New Social Media: Using YouTube to Run Your Entire Social Media & Brand in 4 Hours a Week" presentation, I interviewed attendees and conducted a follow-up interview with the presenter, Mary Agnes Antonopoulos. My article "Generate YouTube Videos Propel Your Freelance Medical Writing Business and Be of Service:" was published in the Delawriter Spring 2015 newsletter.

Foodborne bacteria

Home-Canning Heirloom Tomatoes

July 16, 2016
Location: Chapel Hills Farmer Market Chapel Hill, NC

Canning safety talk Canning safety at farmers market Tomato-tasting samples Craig LeHoullier

Thank you for joining me at the Chapel Hills Farmers Market 2016 Tomato Festival. I enjoyed handing out Carolina Farm Stewardship Association stickers, organic cherry tomato seeds donated by Southern Exposure Seed Exchange and copies of my home-canning heirloom tomato article.

In addition to the wonderful taste-testing of hybrid, heirloom, and cherry tomatoes, I had a chance to meet Craig LeHoullier, author of The Epic Tomato in person.


Have you taken the Quiz to see how many raw eggs you eat per week? If not

Return to the Raw Egg Quiz


Raw Egg Quiz self-scoring answer key

Author:Ciranna Bird
raw egg in frying pan

Question 1-2: Intentionally eating raw cake batter or raw homemade cookie dough
If you answered “yes” to question 1 or question 2 … you are willfully eating raw eggs and raw flour.

Question 3-5: Runny egg yolks, unpasteurized egg drinks, mayonnaise, etc.
If you answered “yes” or “I don’t know” to questions 3, 4, or 5… you are eating raw eggs whether or not you intend to. If you are unlucky, one of these raw eggs may contain the bacteria Salmonella. Explore the symptoms of a Salmonella infection.

Question 6-8: The habits of the people cooking and preparing your food.
If you answered “no” or “I don’t know” to questions 6, 7, or 8 … your food most likely is being prepared unsafely. You may be eating raw eggs without your knowledge. If you are unlucky, one of these raw eggs may contain the bacteria Salmonella. Explore the symptoms of a Salmonella infection.

Salmonella infection symptoms

People more likely to get a severe case of Salmonella infection include: adults older than 60 years of age, children who are 5 years old and younger, and people with weakened immune systems due to organ transplants, cancer, diabetes, or HIV/AIDS.

These are the symptoms of a shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) infection.

Children younger than 5 years of age and adults older than 60 years of age are more likely than others to develop serious illness and life-threatening complications from a STEC infection.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2014, October 16). Braenderup Infections Linked to Nut Butter. Retrieved from
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2016, August 25). Salmonella. Retrieved from
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2017, May 5). Shiga Toxin-Producing E. coli & Food Safety. Retrieved from
Medscape. (2012, Dec 17). Suspecting Foodborne Illnesses in Special Populations: Quick Facts for Providers. Retrieved from
U.S. Food and Drug Administration. (2016, July 6). Raw Dough's a Raw Deal and Could Make You Sick. Retrieved from