Farmer Zach Wolf
Zach Wolf grew up working on farms in Northwest Connecticut. He has a background in ecological research, with a degree in Biology from Columbia University. He has dedicated his work in agriculture and the food movement toward expanding ecologically-based land stewardship and farmer training. He has worked with Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects, consulting on Conservation-Agriculture Master Plans throughout the US. He is the former Field Manager and Director of the Growing Farmers Initiative at the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture. He has also facilitated the Farm Beginning Program at Hawthorne Valley Farm, continuing to help educate and train the next generation of farmers. Over the past seven years he has developed the Farm at the Locusts on Hudson, an 80-acre farm and historic property. At the Locusts, he has helped develop an apprenticeship program, farmer-chef collaborations and the reintegration of agriculture into New York State conservation lands. Wolf is the Director of Farm Programs at Glynwood.
Dr. Robert Graham
Robert Graham is a Harvard-trained and dual board-certified physician in internal and integrative medicine. He has dedicated his career to exploring the connections between food and health; so he grows, cooks, and prescribes food as medicine. Chef Richard LaMarita and Dr. Graham have been collaborating for five years teaching over 250 doctors how to cook whole food plant-based diets. He is the co-founder of Fresh Med an integrative medicine practice in Brooklyn and a TedxManhattan speaker.
Chef Richard Lamarita
Richard is a part-time instructor and has taught at NGI since 1994. In addition to having worked in top NYC restaurants and as a private chef for many notable families, Richard has been a student and practitioner of Ayurveda for 35 years. Chef Richard specializes in teaching Ayurveda and Indian Cuisine.
Mastermind behind Trash is For Tossers, a project where Singer fit 4 years of trash into one tiny jar, and founder of The Simply Co. Watch her Ted Talk and get inspired to live a zero waste life.
Sonya Kharas is the Program Manager for the League of Kitchens–a unique cooking school in NYC where immigrants teach intimate cooking workshops in their homes, and participants encounter a new culture, cuisine, and neighborhood with every experience. Sonya brings to the League of Kitchens her personal experience as the daughter of a Parsi immigrant and a Jewish New Yorker, a love of cooking for friends and family, and a commitment to celebrating diversity and inclusivity in New York City. Prior to joining the League of Kitchens, Sonya managed the farm-to-food pantry program at Just Food and worked more broadly to make sure that good, healthy, culturally appropriate food is affordable and accessible to all. She received her MA in Food Studies from New York University and has a BA in Art History from Wesleyan University.
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