Dr. Todd, one of the pioneers of the new field of ecological design, has been active in shaping the field for over forty years. Educated at McGill University (Agriculture (BA) & Parasitology (MSc) and has a PhD from University of Michigan (Fisheries & Oceanography). He has received two honorary doctorates. He is an Emeritus Research Professor and Distinguished Lecturer at the University of Vermont, and a Fellow at the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics. He is Founder and President of John Todd Ecological Design, and President of Ocean Arks International, an NGO dedicated to publishing, and to healing the inshore oceans. He is based in Wood Hole, MA. He was an assistant scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. He was the co-founder of the New Alchemy Institute in 1969. Dr. Todd is widely published and is the author of over two hundred scientific, technical and popular articles. He is the author or co-author of seven books. He is the inventor of Eco-Machines ™ and holds five patents. His passion and his work revolve around the broad field of planetary healing and regeneration.

Spring Pasta with Butter Beans

 

¼ cup olive oil

1 onion, sliced into crescent moons

2 Tbs. chopped garlic

2 Tbs. minced ginger

2 carrots, cut julienne

2 cups chopped collard greens

2 cups cut Asparagus

1 cup julienne assorted peppers

¼ cup water

2 Tbs Aji Mirin

3 Tbs Tamari (more to taste)

! Tbs dark Toasted Sesame Oil

1 Tsp. hot sesame oil

1 can organic butter beans

2 cups cooked pasta (I used brown rice spaghetti)

¼ cup chopped cilantro

  1. In a wok or large sauté pan, sauté onions in the olive oil for 5 minutes. Add the ginger and garlic.
  2. Snap off bottoms of asparagus spears. Cut Asparagus into 2” pieces on the angle.  
  3. Add the carrots to the onions and cook for 3 minutes.
  4. Add the Collard greens and the water, and sauté until collards are soft.
  5. Add the asparagus and peppers, and cook a few minutes. Add the Aji Mirin, and the Tamari, and cook for a few more minutes.
  6. Add the beans and the pasta, and mix well until hot.
  7. Add the dark sesame oil and the hot sesame oil. Mix well
  8. Add the cilantro.
  9. Taste and adjust the spices and herbs to your liking!