iEat Green - Dave Chapman Executive Director of The Real Organic Project

February 14th, 2019

Dave Chapman has been an organic farmer for 39 years and owner of Long Wind Farm in Vermont. The farm started as a mixed vegetable operation, but transitioned to growing tomatoes in soil on 2-1/2 acres of glass greenhouses. Today, Long Wind Farm sells most of its crop through the wholesale market to stores around New England.

For the past six years, Dave has been actively working to reform the National Organic Program (NOP). He is a co-founder of Keep The Soil In Organic, a grassroots effort to change the NOP. After the National Organic Standard Board failed to protect the integrity of the NOP in Jacksonville in 2017, Dave became a co-founder of the Real Organic Project, where he is the current Executive Director. The Real Organic Project is a coalition of organic farmers and advocates who have come together to protect the integrity of organic farming. Organic farmers believe this effort is needed since the current USDA National Organic Program is now permitting hydroponics and CAFOs (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations) to be certified as organic. An integral part of organic farming includes improving soil fertility and that animals have adequate outdoor access and pasture, and our current system is falling short of that.  

Dave is also a proud member of the Organic Farmers Association and serves on its Policy Committee, in a continuing effort to reform the NOP and represent organic farmers in Washington


Mushroom Bolognese with Cashew Mascarpone

1 Ib. Organic Rigatoni (whole wheat, brown rice, semolina)

1 oz. dried porcini mushrooms, soaked in 1-1/2 cups hot water

3 stalks celery, diced fine

3 carrots

1 red pepper, seeds removed, diced

1 onion, chopped

10 oz. assorted mushrooms, chopped

3 Tbs. tomato paste

¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

½ cup cashews, soaked for 2 hours

½ cup red wine

2 teaspoons dried oregano

1 t. dried basil

½ t. dried thyme

2 Tbs. minced garlic

¼ t. red pepper flakes (optional)

3 Tbs. chopped fresh Italian parsley

1-1/2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon pepper

Coat bottom of cast iron pan with olive oil. Sauté onions, carrots, celery for a few minutes, then add garlic and cook for 5 minutes. Drain the porcini mushrooms (reserve the mushroom water) and dice. Add the porcini mushrooms, along with the assorted chopped mushrooms, the dried herbs, and the tomato paste and cook for 5 minutes.  De-glaze the pan with the red wine and the reserved mushroom water, and let the mixture cook down for about 10 minutes, until the liquid is reduced by half.

In a food processor, mix the drained cashews with ½ cup of fresh water. Pulse until completely smooth, scraping down sides of food processor to incorporate all of the cashews. Add cashew mixture to the sauce. Taste and adjust salt, pepper and add the parsley.

Meanwhile, cook pasta according to directions in salted water, (al dente). Time it, so that the pasta just comes out of the water, when you are ready to mix it with the sauce. Reserve some of the pasta water to add to the Bolognese sauce if it needs to be thinned out. Garnish with parsley.


iEat Green - Qiana is the Executive Director of Just Food

February 12th, 2019

Qiana is the Executive Director of Just Food, a food justice nonprofit based in New York City that galvanizes small-scale farmers, producers, and community members throughout the region. Just Food aims to shift the power, health, and wealth of historically marginalized and under resourced communities. Building towards a sovereign and healthy food system rooted in racial, social, economic, and environmental justice is the focus of her work. Qiana earned her Food Hub Management Certificate from the University of Vermont and her B.S. in Marketing from Hampton University. She serves on the Organizational Council of the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC). Qiana is an active CSA member of Rock Steady Farm & Flowers, volunteer, and serves on the boards of The Point CDC and the South Bronx Farmers Market.
In addition to her food system and advocacy experience, Qiana has also worked with municipal leaders across the country to help them find unique ways to improve the financial livelihood of their residents. She worked as the Cities for Financial Empowerment Coalition (CFE) Consultant for three years and served as the Paid Sick Leave Consultant during the initial public outreach phase of the Law in 2014. Both consultancies were with the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs. 

iEat Green - Seth Itzkan and Karl Thidemann Co-Founders and Co-Directors of Soil4Climate

January 31st, 2019

Seth Itzkan is Co-founder and Co-director of Soil4Climate. He is an environmental futurist investigating innovative means of land management that offer hope for reversing global warming. He is a TEDx speaker on restoring grasslands and with planned grazing. He has consulted for The Boston Foundation, the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative and the US Bureau of the Census. He is a graduate of Tufts University, College of Engineering and the Studies of the Future Program at University of Houston-Clear Lake. His private consultancy is Planet-TECH Associates.


Karl Thidemann is a Co-founder and Co-director of Soil4Climate. He serves on the board of the Somerville Community Growing Center, a quarter-acre, urban oasis offering organic gardening experiences, as well as artistic and cultural programs, to the public. Karl is also Co-founder of Somerville Climate Action. Karl holds a B.A. in chemistry from Wesleyan University. His focus is climate communications, including poetry.


Cauliflower Fried Rice     

*Designed to meet the standards of the Whole30 Diet


4-6 servings


1- 12 oz. package of organic riced cauliflower

½  teaspoon salt

1 Tbs olive oil

1 small onion, chopped

1 stalk celery

1 Tbs minced garlic,

1 Tbs grated ginger

1 cup frozen organic peas

2 Tbs. coconut amino acids

2 t. dark sesame oil

¼ cup cilantro

1 lg or 2 small carrots, diced

1 t. hot sesame oil



  1. In a wok, sauté onions, celery and carrots in olive oil with garlic and ginger for 7 minutes.
  2. Add the riced cauliflower, and peas.
  3. Add the cilantro, coconut amino acids, and the hot and dark sesame oil.
  4. Taste. Add salt and pepper to taste


*Feel free to add other vegetables. I was serving it on the side of a Vegetable Stir-Fry, so I didn’t want anymore veggies.


iEat Green - Wen-Jay Ying - Founder and Director Local Roots NYC

January 28th, 2019

Wen-Jay Ying is the founder and CEO of Local Roots NYC, a small business that has revolutionized the way New Yorkers shop for food. Through their Farm Share, subscribe online for a season's worth of food that comes direct from a farm within 2 hours of NYC. Then pick up at a neighborhood bar, cafe or have it delivered. It's a customized farmers market brought right to you. Wen-Jay believes the way we eat can change the world and is dedicated to healing our local food system. She has spoken on various panels, Sirius Radio, Heritage radio and NY1 on entrepreneurship, fighting food waste, and local food. Wen-Jay received the Entrepreneur of the Year award by former Mayor Bloomberg, is an alumni of the Good Work Institute which is dedicated to creating regenerative businesses, and featured in Viceland's new show Hustle. 


Link: and @LocalRootsNYC. 

Camellia Pinto Beans with Swiss Chard and Vegan Chorizo

1 lb pinto beans

3 Bay leaves

4 cloves garlic

10 cups water

1 organic onion, chopped

1 Tbs. chopped Garlic

1 tsp. salt

½ t. pepper

2 bunches Swiss Chard, cut into thin threads

2 Vegan Chorizo, cut lengthwise and then into 1” pieces

1 tsp. cumin

1 tsp. smoked paprika

1 tsp. sweet paprika

Olive oil


  1. Rinse and drain the pinto beans. Put them in a large heavy pot with 10 cups of water, the bay leaves and the cloves of garlic. Bring to a boil, and cook for 10 minutes.
  2. Lower the temperature, and simmer the beans for 1-1/2 hours, until soft. Drain the beans and reserve the water they were cooked in.
  3. In the same pot, sauté the onion in oil for 5 minutes and then add the vegan chorizo and garlic.
  4. Cook for 5 minutes, then add the Swiss Chard and cook for another few minutes until wilted.
  5. Add the beans back in, along with the salt, pepper, cumin, and paprikas. Simmer for 10 minutes, stirring regularly, and adding the reserved water to get the consistency you want.
  6. Adjust the spices according to taste.

iEat Green - Kayleen St.John - Genuine Foods

January 17th, 2019

Kayleen St.John, MS, RD is an Executive Director at Genuine Foods, a for service management company that measures it's success by the health and well-being of the communities it serves. Prior to joining Genuine Foods, she was the COO at Euphebe Healthcare and the Director of Nutrition at Natural Gourmet Institute. Kayleen is currently an adjunct professor of Nutrition in Food Studies at NYU. In addition to her roles at food-based companies, she has also worked in private practice consulting with clients on the topics of heart disease, gut health, and weight loss.


As a registered dietitian with a deep-rooted love for food, she is passionate about sharing a simplified method for approaching culinary nutrition, and demystifying nutrition science as a whole. She developed the Culinary Nutrition Certificate Program at Natural Gourmet Institute and collaborated with Vegetarian Times magazine to develop and instruct the ‘Foundations of Plant-Based Nutrition’ online course, which covers the fundamentals of nutrition and plant-centric cooking techniques.

Vegan BBQ Pulled Jackfruit Sandwiches

To Make 4 Sandwiches


Prep Time 15 minutes

Cook Time 1 hr & 35 minutes

Total Time  1 hr & 50 minutes

4 servings



For the pulled jackfruit:

  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 tsp. chopped garlic
  • 1- 20 oz can young green jackfruit in brine or water
  • 8 baby Portobello mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 cup red pepper diced
  • 1 celery stalk, diced small
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup BBQ-sauce
  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. black pepper
  • 2 star anise
  • 2 tsp. vegan Worcestershire Sauce
  • Olive oil


For the vegan slaw:

  • 1 cup savoy cabbage
  • 1 cup red cabbage
  • 1 carrot grated
  • 3 tablespoon cilantro, chopped
  • salt, to taste
  • black pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Juice from ½ lime



  1. Drain and rinse the jackfruit.
  2. In a heavy stock pot or Dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Sauté the onion for 5 minutes or until it becomes translucent. Then add the garlic and cook for another minute.
  3. Add the jackfruit, and all of the spices, including the liquid smoke and star anise. Cook for a few minutes, making sure the jackfruit is covered with the spices. Then add the mushrooms, peppers, and celery, and cook for about 5 minutes. Then add the stock and simmer on low for 20 minutes, until half of the liquid is evaporated. Add the BBQ sauce and cook for another 15- 20 minutes. Use 2 forks to separate and shred the jackfruit.
  4. Either transfer the jackfruit to a baking pan or place the Dutch oven into a 350 degree oven, and cook the jackfruit for another 40 minutes, stirring half way through.
  5. In then meantime make the vegan slaw: Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and let marinate until needed
  6. Serve the pulled jackfruit on a roll with the slaw.

iEat Green - Alicia Newton - Nourish My Soul

January 10th, 2019

Alicia Newton is the Founder and Executive Director of Nourish My Soul where her passion for using healthy food to heal more than a body, but also mind and spirit is put to work in communities every day. Getting hands in the dirt and nurturing life can have a profound impact on reducing stress and anxiety, while cooking and sharing a meal with others feeds more than a body, but also a soul. Alicia believes in the strength and resilience of every community and brings a legacy of health, hope, and strength to the many communities she has worked in  - building school and community gardens, outdoor learning experiences, farmers markets, youth empowerment programs, culinary training, and community meals and food access programs.


Outside of Nourish My Soul, Alicia can be found enjoying time with her husband and four children (usually outside!) , running in the woods with her dog, laughing with friends until her stomach hurts, or sewing fun creations.

Vegan Broccoli Mushroom Quiche

Preheat oven to 425’ degrees

Makes 2 quiche


2 prepared Vegan pie shell

1 Block soft Tofu

1 cup coconut milk

½ t salt

1/8 t. white pepper

2 t. chopped garlic

½  t. turmeric

¼ t. nutmeg of nutmeg

1 t. dried oregano

1 t. dried basil

2 Tbs. fresh chopped parsley

1-2 Tbs. Dijon mustard

1 broccoli, cut into florets

1 onion, diced

10 baby Portobello mushrooms, sliced

2 cups fresh spinach

1 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half

1 Tbs. mirin

1 Tbs. tamari

2 Tbs. ground flax seed

1 Tbs. apple cider vinegar

1 Tbs. water


Soften 2 Tbs. of ground flax seed in 1 Tbs. of apple cider vinegar and 1 Tbs. water. Let sit for 10 minutes.

In the meantime, using a food processor, combine tofu, salt and pepper, nutritional yeast, garlic, and coconut milk. Pulse until smooth. Add apple cider vinegar and flax seed mixture. Blend again. In heavy sauté pan, sauté onions till translucent, add broccoli, cook for a few more minutes, add Portobello mushrooms, then add tomatoes  and spinach. Season with the mirin, tamari and parsley, and cook until soft and most of the liquid has evaporated. Drain vegetable to remove and remaining liquid. Spread 1-2 TBS. of mustard over entire bottom of pie shell, then add the sautéed vegetables. Pour tofu mixture over vegetables and mix lightly in pie shell. Bake for 15 minutes at 425’, then reduce temperature to 375’ and bake for 40 minutes more.


iEat Green - Alina Zolotareva - Aero Farms

January 3rd, 2019

Alina Zolotareva is the Senior Marketing and Nutrition Manager at AeroFarms, the largest indoor vertical farm in the world, based in Newark, NJ. A Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), Alina leverages her background in nutrition science and public health to translate nutrition science to consumers, playing a key role in AeroFarms’ mission to combat food deserts and bring fresh, local, nutritious leafy greens to all communities. In addition to marketing, communications and product management at AeroFarms, she also leads marketing strategy for AeroFarms' consumer brand, Dream Greens. 

Before AeroFarms, Alina worked for a culinary nutrition foodservice consulting company based in NYC focused on improving health through great tasting and sustainable food. Alina is a graduate of Cornell University and Presidential Research Scholar with a B.S. with Honors in Nutrition Sciences and Dietetics.


iEat Green -Alison Cohen- Why Hunger

December 20th, 2018

Alison Meares Cohen is the Senior Director of Programs for WhyHunger, a non-profit organization supporting grassroots organizations implementing innovative, community-based solutions to hunger and poverty and participating in movement building. Alison is responsible for helping to develop and steward WhyHunger’s organizational vision and strategy and its implementation through its Grassroots Action Network, Nourish Network for the Right to Food, and Global Movements programs. Prior to joining WhyHunger, Alison served as the Northern Program Manager for Heifer International. From 2001 – 2008 she was responsible for developing partnerships throughout the northeast and midwest regions with local communities and like-minded organizations to build sustainable food systems where limited-resource families, communities and beginner farmers –both rural and urban -- have access to healthy food and income-earning opportunities. Prior to transferring to New York, Alison served as the director of Heifer International's first urban agriculture program based in Chicago, Illinois for five years. Alison has a master's degree in Sociology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a bachelor’s degree in English and French literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. For the past twenty-five years she has worked with farmers and communities in West Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, Canada and the United States. Alison lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two daughters, with whom she started the PS 29 Food and Farming Initiative that hosts a school vegetable garden and works to improve the quality of food served in the cafeteria.


iEat Green - Dena Merriam- Global Peace Initiative of Women

December 13th, 2018

Dena Merriam is the Founder and Convener of Global Peace Initiative of Women and author of the new book, “My Journey Through Time;  a spiritual Memoir of Life , Death and Rebirth”. Dena is also a managing  partner and Vice Chairman of Finn Ruder, where she works in cultural marketing, creative services and works for religious and non profit organizations. In her spare time, she serves on the boards of the Interfaith Center of New York, AIM for Seva and Dharma Drum Mountain Buddhist Association. Dena is a former member of the board of Harvard University Center for the Study of World Religions and the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy. She was Co-Chair of the Millennium World Peace Summit, the first summit held at the United Nations General Assembly for more than 1500 of the world's religious leaders.


iEat Green - Leonel Perez & Nico Page Student Farmworkers Alliance and Coalition of the Immokalee Workers

December 6th, 2018

Nico Page is Chilean-American and grew up both in Chile and the U.S. As a high schooler in Chile, he got involved with student protests making videos and large-scale art and fell in love with organizing. Now a junior studying Literary Arts at Brown University in Providence, RI, he became involved with the Campaign for Fair Food during the Coalition of Immokalee Workers' March 2018 major action in New York City. He is taking a semester-long leave from Brown to intern with the Alliance for Fair Food in Immokalee, Fl, where he collaborates on student actions, makes videos, supports the community and is learning from the Coalition’s long history of organizing. 

Leonel Perez has been a key leader of the award-winning human rights organization, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), for over a decade.  Mr. Perez worked for years in the fields of Florida and along the East Coast harvesting tomatoes, watermelon, and other crops.  Today, as a part of the Fair Food Program, Mr. Perez and his colleagues educate tens of thousands of farmworkers’ on their rights in the fields on all farms participating in the Program, including the right to work free of slavery, sexual violence, and health and safety risks.

Mr. Perez also hosts shows on the CIW's community radio station and community communications, and throughout the year facilitates and conducts dozens of popular education trainings for weekly membership meetings.  Finally, Ms. Perez represents the CIW at a national level, speaking publicly on the challenges faced by farmworkers in Florida, both during major actions with thousands of consumers and in dozens of presentations throughout the year.  He has been featured in publications such as CNN’s Freedom Project and best-selling books such as Tomatoland (2017) and I am not a tractor (2018).



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