Beyond Salad: Why Dream Greens are Better for Us and the Planet

Dream Greens are locally grown all year round by the innovative, passionate people at AeroFarms, a mission-driven indoor vertical farming company committed to making our planet a greener, healthier place for all. You may be wondering why we choose to grow indoors using vertical farming technology in the first place, and what the differences are between the way we grow and the way other farms produce food.

First, some background…

Agriculture is one of the most important industries in the world today. Yet, agriculture’s overwhelmingly positive impact on humanity also comes at a cost that is not captured in the price we pay at the register. Overuse of pesticides and fertilizers, degradation of healthy soil, transporting water great distances to farms, shipping produce thousands of miles across the country where it often spoils before being eaten — these are all just some of the hidden environmental costs that are made worse as we approach a global population of up to 9.5 billion by 2050.

If we want to live on a healthy and thriving planet, we need to rethink how we grow and transport food and drastically lower food’s environmental footprint. With climate change making its mark, field farmers around the world are also facing challenges including extreme weather events, pest outbreaks, soil contamination, water scarcity and the spread of pathogens that can cause havoc for their businesses and add risk to our food supply-chain.

Why Dream Greens?

At AeroFarms, our philosophy is to do more with less precious resources. With Planet Earth in mind, we can grow with 95% less water and as much as 390 times more productivity per square foot, so we can grow anywhere, all year round, regardless of season and weather. Instead of changing seeds to match the environment, we modify the environment to match the seed. The unique way we grow gives us the ability to perfect taste, texture, quality and even nutritional density. Here are some of the ways we celebrate #EarthDay every day:

Microgreens Holiday Cookbook

Click below to download our curated Microgreens Holiday Cookbook featuring delicious recipes from Dream Greens and friends! Tag us in your holiday microgreens creations at @lovedreamgreens.

Purchase our locally grown Dream Greens Microgreens at:

Climate Action Starts In Your Salad Bowl

Read our HobokenGirl article below and originally posted here!

Food is one of the last topics we tend to consider when addressing climate change, yet it should be one of the first. As we kick off Climate Week NYC, we take a deep dive into the environmental and societal toll of our industrial food system, starting with the salad bowl.

climate week nyc salad

Why Salad?

Did you know that 70% of our freshwater goes to agriculture, and 70% of our fresh water contamination comes from agriculture? With freshwater reserves around the world declining year after year, and the global population rapidly on the rise, if we want to ensure a clean, safe, and sustainable water supply, we need to look at how we grow our food, and do so using a lot less freshwater, land and agrichemicals. Since leafy greens are mostly water by weight, that’s a great place to start.

Two-thirds of the salad greens in America travel thousands of miles from the Salinas Valley in California, Yuma, Arizona, or Mexico. In fact, Salinas is often labeled the “Salad Bowl of America” — and if you’re eating one on your lunch-break right now, that’s more than likely where your lettuce came from. Recent droughts have caused agricultural operations to tap new sources for irrigation water — taxing natural reserves and changing the water table of the area, possibly forever. 20 percent of the wells in Salinas have dangerous levels of nitrates from pesticide runoff, presenting both public health and food safety risks.

By the time the salad greens get to our bowls, they will have traveled thousands of miles and passed many hands and touchpoints including multiple storage and distribution facilities, processors, and trucks, making it very difficult to trace where exactly they came from and how they were handled along the way. Not only does this result in harmful greenhouse gas emissions, but the current leafy greens supply chain also leaves a lot of room for possible contamination with harmful pathogens that cause foodborne illness, and results in many of the recalls you may have heard about for romaine lettuce, spinach and more.

And then there’s the big elephant in the room: food waste – according to the USDA, up to 76% of all leafy greens are wasted from seed to plate, resulting in huge amounts of harmful carbon and methane emissions as food waste decomposes in a landfill.

If we want to live on a healthy and thriving planet, we need to drastically rethink how we grow and transport food and drastically lower food’s environmental footprint.

A New Kind of Sustainable Farm

climate week nyc salad

As a mission-driven Certified B Corporation, we believe that our food should be safe and healthy for our bodies and our planet.

We have developed proprietary farming technology to grow indoors in a fully controlled environment. We use patented aeroponic technology to mist the roots of leafy greens with water and nutrients in a closed-loop system, recycling water and nutrients with virtually zero waste. That means no soil contamination, no toxic runoff, and no good contamination – so what you can feel confident about what you put in your salad bowl is better for you and better for the planet.

Additionally, our indoor farms are setting new standards for traceability & food safety in agriculture overall. Our robust food safety program & technology-enabled process means that every bite can be traced back to the exact square foot where it was grown in an unprecedented way.

Our global headquarters are in Newark NJ and we are proud to be redefining the Garden State. You can enjoy our retail brand – Dream Greens by AeroFarms – throughout the major NJ/NY metro area at major retailers like ShopRite, Whole Foods, FreshDirect, and Amazon Fresh. Vote with your fork on making an impact on Climate Week every week.

The unique way we grow gives us the ability to perfect taste, texture, quality, and even nutritional density. Here are some of the ways we celebrate Climate Week every week:

Here are some tips to create a sustainable salad:

Microgreens: Your New Fridge Favorite!

There’s a new fridge favorite in town – and we’re here to tell you all the reasons why! Keep a container (or two or three!) of Dream Greens microgreens in your fridge to instantly add big flavor, a pop of color & immunity-boosting nutrients to every dish. Whether you’re prepping a quick & healthy salad or spicing up your take-out, stock up on our locally grown, pesticide-free Micro Super Mix and Micro Spicy Mix & keep your fridge and belly happy! 

  1. Perfect base for any salad – One container of Dream Greens Micros is a delicious, perfectly petite base for a personal salad – simply open a container, add 2-3 of your favorite ingredients and voila! Our micros are pesticide free, clean and ready to eat right out of the container – so no washing needed! 
  2. Immunity-boosting nutrition – Our microgreens are packed with immunity-boosting nutrients including Vitamin C, A and E.  Because they are younger than their mature counterparts, they pack up to 250X the nutrient density than their mature counterparts.  For example, the red cabbage microgreens found in our Micro Super Mix has up to 260X the Vitamin E of adult red cabbage. 
  3. Pop of flavor, color and crunch – Top any dish with a big handful of micros to add culinary flair. Want some extra crunch on your takeout – add Micro Super Mix.  Want a pop of spice on your sushi – add Micro Spicy Mix! Have a bunch of leftovers to finish off? Add micros! The possibilities are truly endless! 
  4. Make every meal feel special – Microgreens add a little pizzazz to every home-cooked meal – beautify with micros as a base, a heaping handful or a small sprinkle – it’ll be picture perfect every time. 
  5. Locally grown all year round – Dream Greens micros are locally grown indoors in New Jersey, so they are super fresh and flavorful all year round, no matter the season.  

Dream Greens Microgreens available at Whole Foods Market, FreshDirect & AmazonFresh across the northeast!

Back To School: Salad Chat Series

Nourish your body and your mind during this Back To School season with our Instagram Salad Chat Series available on the Dream Greens IGTV! Over the last few months, we partnered with leading nutritionists, chefs and wellness experts to talk about all things greens, cooking and wellbeing. See the full line-up in our IGTV @LoveDreamGreens.

JOIN SALAD CHATS VIA OUR INSTAGRAM HERE

NUTRITION 101:

Abbie Gellman | @CNC_Abbie

Gellman, MS RD CDN, has over ten years of Wall Street and hospitality/food and beverage consulting experience and ten years of nutrition-related experience. Abbie is a member of the Science Advisory Board for Jenny Craig, providing ongoing cutting-edge counsel to update the education and lifestyle strategies of the company. She is also an inaugural member of Produce for Better Health’s elite network, Fruit and Vegetable Ambassadors in Action. Food & Nutrition Magazine awarded Abbie the 2017 Stone Soup Blogger of the Year.

NUTRITION 101:

Maya Feller | @mayafeller

Maya Feller, MS, RD, CDN is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and founder of Maya Feller Nutrition, a nutrition private practice specialized in nutrition for chronic disease prevention. Maya received her masters of science in clinical nutrition at New York University, where she is adjunct faculty.  When working one on one and with groups, Maya believes in meeting the whole person where they are and using a patient-centered, culturally sensitive approach to effect agency and enable each client to meet their unique nutrition-related goals. To address the difficult and complex health epidemics of non-communicable chronic disease, Maya is dedicated to promoting nutrition education that helps the public to make informed food choices that support health and longevity. She is also the author of The Southern Comfort Foods Diabetes Cookbook.

PLANTS & SUSTAINABILITY 101:

Farmer Nick | @farmernick

Nick is a “plantrepreneur” who is passionate about all things green. As a full-time plant coach and apartment farmer, Nick’s mission is to make the world more sustainable by giving people the knowledge and confidence they need to create their own green spaces. Nick has more than 50 clients in the NYC area and designs houseplant, landscape, and agriculture installations. 

HEALTH & WELLNESS 101:

Jules Horn | @Jules_Horn

Born and raised in Germany, Jules moved in New York City in 2016 to pursue modeling. With a love of playing spots and being active, he started to pay more attention to what he was putting into his body. In 2018 he finished the Primal Health Certification from Primal Health Institute. After seeing and reading about the cruelty of the meat industry, Jules became vegan overnight. He now eats a whole food, plat-based diet to benefit animals, our environment and Mother Earth. Horn’s goal is to inspire as many people as possible and teach people in general to create a lifestyle that is sustainable long-term and makes each individual happy and feel good.

HEALTH & WELLNESS 101:

Remy Park | @Veggiekins

Remy is an NYC based lover of cats and chocolate chip cookies, head home chef and photographer at Veggiekins Blog and a health and wellness writer. She creates vegan and gluten free recipes with a focus on whole food plant based ingredients and the healing power of plants. Outside of the kitchen, she is a certified yoga and meditation teacher, mindfulness coach and holistic nutritionist. You can usually find her at the farmer’s markets, watching sunrises or traveling! 

COOKING 101:

Alyssa Gagarin | @alyssagagarin

Alyssa is the founder and CEO of Meal Prep Chef, a healthy, weekly personal chef service in New York City.. After several years of studying nutrition and cooking, Alyssa discovered the rewarding work of improving her clients lives through meal prepping for busy New Yorkers.

COOKING 101:

Amanda Burrill | @amandauncharted

Amanda Burrill is a writer, editor, chef and athlete. She is a culinary adventurist and traveler and a injury / veteran advocate.

SUSTAINABILITY 101:

Stacy Winters | @StacyWiners_

NJ-based vegan foodie, with a love for a health & wellness lifestyle. Here to inspire others to make more conscious decisions for not only themselves, but the planet too!

SUSTAINABILITY & YOGA 101:

Phyllicia Bonanno | @phyllicia.bonanno

Phyllicia is a New Jersey based wellness advocate, yoga teacher and sound therapist. Phyllicia is also a Co-founder of @sistersofyoga, a global wellness collective that blossomed out of the necessity for representation, cultural acension, and community healing. SOY is dedicated to inspiring visibility, building community, and creating safe spaces for women of color to heal, explore Self, and cultivate a healthy, sustainable lifestyle through yoga, holistic wellness, and mindful living.

COOKING 101:

Paulina Ashkenazi | @holy_kale

Paulina is a culinary instructor, food enthusiast and her recipes taste just as delicious as they look!

COOKING 101:

Chef Frazer | @chef.femifrazer

Chef Frazer is a seasoned chef, culinary instructor and entrepreneur with a background in sustainable farm-to-table cooking. With incredible culinary expertise, Chef Femi launched Collective Fare in Brownsville, Brooklyn. Collective Fare creates jobs within the Brownsville community and prepares health-focused African Diaspora inspired food.

HEALTH & WELLNESS 101:

Adrienne Nolan-Smith | @getwellbe

Adrienne is a speaker & patient advocate dedicated to health empowerment through research-based integrative medicine & wellness.

How To Build Your DREAM Salad

By Alina Zolotareva, RDN, Dream Greens’ Veggie Cheerleader 

Happy National Salad Month, salad lovers! If you love salad as much as I do, you know that in order to build your dream salad, you need to start with the best tasting, freshest leafy greens—Dream Greens! No matter what variety you choose, our greens are always local, bursting with flavor, pesticide free, and ready to enjoy right out of the container (no washing needed!). Although we’ve grown hundreds of delicious varieties of heirloom leafy greens at our indoor farm, AeroFarms, we chose a handful of customer favorites to feature as part of our selection in stores. 

Here’s an easy guide to choosing the right Dream Greens variety to build your DREAM Salad: 

Our beautiful, farm-fresh baby greens and microgreens will add a major boost of flavor, nutrition & beauty to ANY salad. Use any of our baby greens and microgreens as a delicious, nutritious salad base or mix your favorite varieties together–the possibilities are truly endless! 

If You Like To Keep It Mellow… 

Micro Super Mix: A hearty, balanced blend of powerhouse microgreens including kale, pac choi & red cabbage. Try the micros as a salad base all on their own, or mix into your favorite Dream Greens Baby Green variety. 

Available via: Whole Foods Market, FreshDirect, AmazonFresh

Baby Pac Choi: If you love spinach, then you will adore our baby pac choi. These juicy Asian greens are perfectly tender with sweet notes & a crisp, clean finish. 

Available via: FreshDirect, AmazonFresh

Salad Recipe Inspo: Cashew & Edamame Mandarin Salad

If You Like A Little Sweet… 

Baby Kale: Baby Kale Our baby kale is a nutritional powerhouse, super tender and surprisingly sweet. 

Available via: ShopRite Stores, FreshDirect, AmazonFresh

Salad Recipe Inspo: Sweet Baby Kale Caesar Salad

Baby Super Mix: Our baby super mix is a hearty powerhouse blend of sweet kale, crisp pac choi & zesty watercress for ultimate nutrition and top-notch taste. 

Available via: ShopRite Stores, FreshDirect, AmazonFresh

Salad Recipe Inspo: rainbow harvest salad with quinoa and feta cheese

If You Like a Little Spice… 

Baby Watercress: Our baby watercress is slightly sweet with a healthy dose of spice – a bright and zesty addition to any dish. 

Available via: Whole Foods Market, FreshDirect, AmazonFresh, ShopRite Stores

Salad Inspo: orange, pomegranate, & pistachio salad

Baby Arugula: Baby Arugula Our baby arugula is perfectly peppery, bursting with fresh flavor second to none. 

Available via: ShopRite Stores, FreshDirect, AmazonFresh

If You Really Like the Heat… 

Micro Spicy Mix: A peppery, deep purple blend of zesty microgreens including purple pac choi, mustard greens & arugula. Try the micros as a salad base all on their own, or mix into your favorite Dream Greens Baby Green variety. 

Available via: Whole Foods Market, FreshDirect, AmazonFresh

Baby Ruby Streaks: Our baby ruby streaks are spicy Japanese greens that add bold pizzazz to any salad, with a powerful mustard finish. 

Available via: FreshDirect, AmazonFresh

Salad Recipe Inspo: panzanella salad with citrus and pomegranate

Baby Spicy Mix: Our baby spicy mix is a bold & peppery medley of zesty mustard greens, arugula & watercress, perfect for spicing up any bowl. 

Available via: FreshDirect, AmazonFresh

Salad Recipe Inspo: Fresh & Bright Vegetarian Taco Salad

A Safer, More Delicious Salad with Dream Greens

Most salad greens in America come from the Salinas Valley in California, Yuma, Arizona, or Mexico. By the time the salad greens get to our bowls, they will have traveled thousands of miles and passed many hands and touchpoints including multiple storage and distribution facilities, processors and trucks, making it very difficult to trace where exactly they came from and how they were handled along the way.  Not only does this result in harmful greenhouse gas emissions, and a huge amount of food waste in the process, the current leafy greens supply chain leaves a lot of room for possible contamination with harmful pathogens that cause foodborne illness, and results in many of the recalls you may have heard about for romaine lettuce, spinach and more.   

At Dream Greens, we believe that our food should be safe and healthy for our bodies and our planet. That’s why we designed our indoor farm AeroFarms to grow food in a way that sets a new standard for traceability & food safety in agriculture overall. Our robust food safety program & technology-enabled process means that every bite can be traced back to the exact square foot where it was grown in an unprecedented way.  Below are some of the top reasons Dream Greens make a safer salad: 

For more information about how we’re taking even stricter precautions due to COVID-19, please refer to our website: https://www.dreamgreens.com/dream-green-by-aerofarms-update-safety-and-policies-around-covid-19/ 

Stay At Home Salad Tips for National Salad Month

As we stay inside, we’re sharing tips for National Salad Month to make fun, inventive and nourishing salads from the comfort of our own homes. Checkout the tips below from recaps from a few of our #SaladChats guests and tune in Fridays at noon on IG Live to hear from health, wellness and nutrition experts!

Tip 1: Play “Chopped” At Home With Repurposed Leftovers

Meal Prep Chef founder, Alyssa Gagarin (@alyssagagarin) shares an idea to keep salads and meals fun! She suggests looking in your pantry to see what you have “in stock” and taking an inventory of leftovers in the fridge to repurpose both in inventive ways. Turn last night’s pasta into a pasta salad by adding greens. Another fun idea from Alyssa? Her go-to panty staple suggestion is Coconut milk for easy curries.

Tip 2: Make Salad Dressing To Last

Remy Park of @veggiekins tells us her tip for great stay-at-home salads — when making salad dressing, make a larger portion that can be tossed on top of nourishing salads and yummy bowls throughout the next few days. This helps decrease prep time when you’re ready to eat. Our go-to salad dressing from @veggiekins is her delicious Vegan Kale Cesar Salad Dressing! @Veggiekins favorite Dream Greens variety? Our Micro Super Mix for an extra pop of flavor, nutrition and beauty.

Tip 3: Local = Flavorful

@FarmerNick loves Dream Greens Spicy Mix for that extra “pop” of spice credits locally-grown greens for being packed with flavor. In addition to locally-grown greens being better for our planet because of decreased transportation emissions, greens that are grown closer to our communities are also deliciously fresh and flavorful — perfect for salad bases. Learn more about Farmer Nick’s latest projects here.

Tip 4: Mix It Up with Microgreens

We could write an entire book on the reasons why microgreens are great in any dish (high nutritional density, unique vitamins and minerals profile that is not seen in more mature greens, pop of color that elevates any dish, etc) – one aspect that makes microgreens the perfect addition to salad bases is that these tiny greens fit on your fork, with no chopping needed. Dream Greens Micro Super Mix and Micro Spicy Mix make for a quick, easy salad base as there’s no cutting and no washing needed.

Tip 5: Tasty Salads Start With Tasty Greens

Dream Greens baby greens and microgreens are packed with BIG flavor, like our bright & crisp Baby Watercress & bold & peppery Micro Spicy Mix. In fact, they are so flavorful, some people eat Dream Greens salads with no dressing at all because the greens are just that flavorful. Check out our Recipes page for all of your salad inspo and tag us in your National Salad Month creations!  

Earth Day Every Day

Get your locally-grown and flavorful Dream Greens delivered to your door via:

Fresh Direct

AmazonFresh

FoodKick

and available at ShopRite and Whole Foods Markets

Celebrating Earth Day, Every Day at Dream Greens

Dream Greens are locally grown all year round by the innovative, passionate people at AeroFarms, a mission-driven indoor vertical farming company committed to making our planet a greener, healthier place for all. You may be wondering why we choose to grow indoors using vertical farming technology in the first place, and what the differences are between the way we grow and the way other farms produce food.

Agriculture is one of the most important industries in the world today. Yet, agriculture’s overwhelmingly positive impact on humanity also comes at a cost that is not captured in the price we pay at the register. Overuse of pesticides and fertilizers, degradation of healthy soil, transporting water great distances to farms, shipping produce thousands of miles across the country where it often spoils before being eaten — these are all just some of the hidden environmental costs that are made worse as we approach a global population of up to 9.5 billion by 2050.

If we want to live on a healthy and thriving planet, we need to rethink how we grow and transport food and drastically lower food’s environmental footprint. With climate change making its mark, field farmers around the world are also facing challenges including extreme weather events, pest outbreaks, soil contamination, water scarcity and the spread of pathogens that can cause havoc for their businesses and add risk to our food supply-chain.The bottom line is that our food choices matter: everything we eat has an impact on our health and the health of the planet. The great news is that choosing Dream Greens by AeroFarms is a powerful way to take #climateaction and contribute to a healthier world for all. 

Below are 5 ways we are making a big impact on our planet every single day:

Water

70% of our water supply goes to agriculture. 70% of water contamination comes from agriculture. Current events, future predictions, and common sense tell us we cannot continue on this path. At AeroFarms, we use 95% less water than field farming and has developed a closed loop water circulation system that recirculates water to our plants. Imagine the impact if even 10% of our produce was grown this way.

Pesticides

In the field, overuse of pesticides has decreased the beneficial microorganisms in the soil and allowed bad ones to proliferate. Our soil is no longer healthy enough to filter out pesticides and render them inert, leading to toxicity and runoff. Runoff leads to algal blooms and oceanic dead zones. By growing indoors, we avoid these issues altogether.

Land

Close to ⅓ of the world’s land is now highly degraded, with soil erosion, water degradation and biodiversity loss. Arable land is a precious resource and as soil health depletes, so does the nutrition of our food. At AeroFarms, we are able to use less than 1% of the land required by conventional growing. That means we are over 390 times more productive per square foot vs. traditional agriculture, while also ensuring that our plants get all of the macro and micro nutrients they need all year round.

Circular Economy

We believe in doing more with less and embody cradle-to-cradle thinking into every area of our business.  For example, our patented growing cloth medium is made of 100% recycled BPA-free water bottles that we reuse for years of growing cycles vs. traditional hydroponic growing mediums like mineral wool, which are energy intensive to make and usually thrown away often after a single use. AeroFarms was the first and only agriculture company to date to be honored by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation as one of the Circular Economy 100, a select group of global companies focused on eliminating waste and improving our positive impact on the environment and sustainability. 

Carbon Emissions

What we think of as farming has changed a lot.  From drilling for water, pumping from deeper reserves than ever before, operating tractors, tillers, and harvesters, to washing three times in large scale processing facilities that operate 24/7, traditional commercial farming is quite energy intensive. Plus, 95% percent of America’s salad greens are grown in either Salinas, California or Yuma, Arizona – traveling thousands of miles to get to your plate.

Our dream is to be healthy people living on a healthy, thriving planet. Thank you for choosing Dream Greens, and let’s continue celebrating Earth Day everyday, making choices that will help our planet for generations to come!

Virtual Salad Chats

Join us for our virtual Salad Chats series! We’ll be interviewing food, health and wellness experts as we “eat lunch” virtually together. Join via Dream Greens’ Instagram Live for quick lunch and learns answering your food, health and recipes questions.

JOIN SALAD CHATS VIA OUR INSTAGRAM HERE

PAST SALAD CHAT GUESTS:

Abbie Gellman

@CNC_Abbie

Gellman, MS RD CDN, has over ten years of Wall Street and hospitality/food and beverage consulting experience and ten years of nutrition-related experience. Abbie is a member of the Science Advisory Board for Jenny Craig, providing ongoing cutting-edge counsel to update the education and lifestyle strategies of the company. She is also an inaugural member of Produce for Better Health’s elite network, Fruit and Vegetable Ambassadors in Action. Food & Nutrition Magazine awarded Abbie the 2017 Stone Soup Blogger of the Year. She received a Master of Science degree in Nutrition from Teachers College, Columbia University and completed a dietetic internship at New York – Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. Abbie holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration and earned her Culinary Degree from Peter Kump’s New York Cooking School (now known as the Institute for Culinary Education).

Maya Feller

@mayafeller

Maya Feller, MS, RD, CDN is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and founder of Maya Feller Nutrition, a nutrition private practice specialized in nutrition for chronic disease prevention. Maya received her masters of science in clinical nutrition at New York University, where she is adjunct faculty.  When working one on one and with groups, Maya believes in meeting the whole person where they are and using a patient-centered, culturally sensitive approach to effect agency and enable each client to meet their unique nutrition-related goals. To address the difficult and complex health epidemics of non-communicable chronic disease, Maya is dedicated to promoting nutrition education that helps the public to make informed food choices that support health and longevity. Maya shares her approachable, real food based solutions to millions of people through regular speaking engagements, writing in local and national publications, via her social media account on Instagram, @mayafellerRD and as a national nutrition expert on Good Morning America, Strahan, Sara & Keke, Dr. Oz and more. She is also the author of The Southern Comfort Foods Diabetes Cookbook.

Farmer Nick

@farmernick

Nick is a “plantrepreneur” who is passionate about all things green. As a full-time plant coach and apartment farmer, Nick’s mission is to make the world more sustainable by giving people the knowledge and confidence they need to create their own green spaces. Nick has more than 50 clients in the NYC area and designs houseplant, landscape, and agriculture installations. 

Jules Horn

@Jules_Horn

Born and raised in Germany, Jules moved in New York City in 2016 to pursue modeling. With a love of playing spots and being active, he started to pay more attention to what he was putting into his body. In 2018 he finished the Primal Health Certification from Primal Health Institute. After seeing and reading about the cruelty of the meat industry, Jules became vegan overnight. He now eats a whole food, plat-based diet to benefit animals, our environment and Mother Earth. Horn’s goal is to inspire as many people as possible and teach people in general to create a lifestyle that is sustainable long-term and makes each individual happy and feel good.

Remy Park

@Veggiekins

Remy is an NYC based lover of cats and chocolate chip cookies, head home chef and photographer at Veggiekins Blog and a health and wellness writer. She creates vegan and gluten free recipes with a focus on whole food plant based ingredients and the healing power of plants. Outside of the kitchen, she is a certified yoga and meditation teacher, mindfulness coach and holistic nutritionist. You can usually find her at the farmer’s markets, watching sunrises or traveling! 

Alyssa Gagarin

@alyssagagarin

Alyssa is the founder and CEO of Meal Prep Chef, a healthy, weekly personal chef service in New York City.. After several years of studying nutrition and cooking, Alyssa discovered the rewarding work of improving her clients lives through meal prepping for busy New Yorkers.

Amanda Burrill

@amandauncharted

Amanda Burrill is a writer, editor, chef and athlete. She is a culinary adventurist and traveler and a injury / veteran advocate.

Stacy Winters

@StacyWiners_

NJ-based vegan foodie, with a love for a health & wellness lifestyle. Here to inspire others to make more conscious decisions for not only themselves, but the planet too!

Phyllicia Bonanno

@phyllicia.bonanno & @sistersofyoga

Phyllicia is a New Jersey based wellness advocate, yoga teacher and sound therapist. Phyllicia is also a Co-founder of @sistersofyoga, a global wellness collective that blossomed out of the necessity for representation, cultural acension, and community healing. SOY is dedicated to inspiring visibility, building community, and creating safe spaces for women of color to heal, explore Self, and cultivate a healthy, sustainable lifestyle through yoga, holistic wellness, and mindful living.

Paulina Ashkenazi

@holy_kale

Paulina is a culinary instructor, food enthusiast and her recipes taste just as delicious as they look!

Chef Frazer

@chef.femifrazer

Chef Frazer is a seasoned chef, culinary instructor and entrepreneur with a background in sustainable farm-to-table cooking. With incredible culinary expertise, Chef Femi launched Collective Fare in Brownsville, Brooklyn. Collective Fare creates jobs within the Brownsville community and prepares health-focused African Diaspora inspired food.

Adrienne Nolan-Smith

@getwellbe

Adrienne is a speaker & patient advocate dedicated to health empowerment through research-based integrative medicine & wellness.

A Letter From Our CEO – Safety & Policies around COVID-19

Dear Dream Greens by AeroFarms Community,

As we continue to monitor COVID-19 (coronavirus) developments, we want to emphasize the importance of taking care of ourselves, our loved ones, and our customers. As a food producing company, we believe we have a greater societal obligation to feed people particularly during these times of need when we see empty food shelves at the markets.

We want to take a moment to acknowledge the hero’s work that our selling partners are doing, staying open, and ensuring access to food and supplies. We join them with a resolute resolve to continue our farm operations to grow safely, locally, every day of the year.

We especially want to thank our team for their incredible commitment. Thank you, thank you, thank you – only begins to capture the gratitude we have for our team of over 165 people, all aligned with making a positive impact. We are very appreciative of how the team is balancing everything particularly on the home front with family and closed schools. We are proactively working on appropriate coverage strategies to ensure continuity of our farm.

As more information becomes available from the CDC, we will take all appropriate actions, and we wanted to provide you an update on all of the steps that we are already taking.

What We Know:

Action Items:

In addition to our comprehensive food safety procedures, we have enhanced even further our daily activities by:

Our mission of “growing the best plants for the betterment of humanity” takes on even greater resonance in these times of change and uncertainty. What is unwavering is our deep commitment to maintaining a safe, working environment for our farms so we can continue to serve you, our community, with locally-grown produce.

Please feel free to reach out with any questions or comments at Ask.David@AeroFarms.com.

Thank you,

David 

David Rosenberg

Co-Founder and CEO

AeroFarms

Nutrition Tips from ShopRite Registered Dietitians

We’re partnering with ShopRite dietitians for National Nutrition Month as they share nutrition tips, favorite Dream Greens recipes and discuss this year’s National Nutrition Month theme, Bite By Bite!

Q&A with Dana, ShopRite Inserra’s Health and Wellness Manager

  1. What is one nutrition tip you wish more people knew? Stay properly hydrated! Always carry a reusable water bottle with you so you can sip water throughout the day.
  2. What is your favorite way to eat Dream Greens? I incorporate Dream Greens into my daily diet by taking a handful of greens, sauteing with a little bit of garlic and olive oil and using it as a topping for a veggie burger!
  3. What is one recommendation for making healthy changes Bite by Bite? Try to include at least one fruit or vegetable in each meal and snack you eat throughout the day.

Q&A with Monica, In-Store RDN at ShopRite of Morristown

  1. What is one nutrition tip you wish more people knew? Focus on eating the colors! Eat the rainbow with dark-colored fruits and vegetables like dark, leafy greens.
  2. What is your favorite way to eat Dream Greens? Make a salad by adding you favorite whole grain like tri-colored quinoa or faro, your favorite dressing and your favorite bean to Dream Greens Super Mix.
  3. What is one recommendation for making healthy changes Bite by Bite? Take nutrition changes step by step and break your goal into smaller steps to get to larger goals. It helps to break it up to believe you can get there!

Q&A with Jessica, In-Store RDN at ShopRite of Brookdale and ShopRite of Newark

  1. What is one nutrition tip you wish more people knew? There’s no such things as “good” or “bad” foods and all different types of foods can fit into a health conscious diet.
  2. What is your favorite way to eat Dream Greens? I love blending Dream Greens Baby Kale into my secret recipe for brownies.
  3. What is one recommendation for making healthy changes Bite by Bite? Look at one meal or snack at a time and see where you might be able to make some tweaks.

Additionally, did you know Dream Greens by AeroFarms has an in-house RDN to ensure our greens are the most nutritious and flavorful for our customers? Hear from Alina here as she shares answers to our most frequently asked greens questions. Happy National Nutrition Month!

Q+A with Alina, Dream Greens by AeroFarms In-House Nutritionist

We sat down with our Dream Greens by AeroFarms Nutritionist, Alina Zolotareva, for a Dream Greens Nutrition FAQ below!

What foods are immune-boosting?