Seeds and the City is a podcast that explores all the ways we grow and eat food in New York City. By 2050, 70% of the world population is going to be living in urban areas, so let's talk about how we can stay connected with our food system, even in the concrete jungle. We dive into the stories of innovators in urban agriculture, sustainability and technology to get excited and involved in building a food system that's alive and delicious! Seeds and the City shares the stories of people and projects shaping the future of sustainable food.




Seeds and the City shares the stories of people and projects shaping the future of sustainable food. Connect with us to share your comments and ideas, and let's grow a greener future together.  E-mail us at and follow us on Instagram @SeedsandtheCityPodcast

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Elyssa and Alina are friends living in New York City passionately working within different aspects of urban agriculture.  Our fields (no pun intended) put us face-to-face with innovations in tech, sustainability, and NYC culture.  Elyssa spends her days working on clean energy and finance, and her weekends serving as an advisor to Brooklyn-based coworking lab, AgTech-X.  In addition to being a registered dietitian nutritionist, Alina oversees marketing, product and nutrition at AeroFarms, the leading indoor agriculture company in the world based in Newark, NJ.  Both are members of the NYC Urban Agriculture Collective, and both definitely eat their veggies.


Alina Zolotareva, RDN

Alina Zolotareva, RDN

Alina Zolotareva, RDN

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Elyssa Rothe

Alina Zolotareva, RDN

Alina Zolotareva, RDN

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our commitment to diversity & inclusion

Alina + Elyssa believe that prioritizing diversity and inclusion is foundational to who we are as people, and who Seeds and the City is as a company. We know that when individuals from different walks of life come together, we learn more, we make better decisions, we provide better resources, and we better serve our communities. 

Seeds and the City’s vision is to explore all the ways we grow and eat food in New York City, and it is paramount that our guests, partners and audience are reflective of the vastly diverse communities we wish to engage. By fully integrating diversity, equity, and inclusion into all aspects of our work, we enhance our ability to respond to the evolving worlds of urban agriculture, sustainability and technology. More importantly, we all learn how to be better neighbors in the beautiful and complex patchwork that makes up NYC’s sustainable food community.  

Our goal is to use this platform to amplify the stories, vision and accomplishments of NYC leaders that get us excited and inspired to be involved with sustainable urban food systems. The people we interview and partner with inform the subjects we cover and the audiences we reach. The best way for Seeds and the City to be a true NYer, is to broadcast conversations with leaders from different backgrounds and perspectives.

Seeds and the City strives to embody a culture that is welcoming to all, and provide a climate that is safe and open to the full spectrum of races, genders, ethnicities, ages, sexual orientations, religions and levels of physical ability. By sharing our commitment publicly, we’re holding ourselves accountable to this strategy:

  • Each season will contain at least 4 episodes that feature people of color in leadership roles.  
  • Each season will contain at least 4 episodes that feature women in leadership roles. 
  • Each season will not contain more than 4 episodes that feature guests who identify as white males.
  • Each season, at least 1 episode will focus exclusively on food justice and equity in New York City, however, we strive to touch on this topic in many episodes per season. 
  • Each season will contain episodes with food leaders from various boroughs in NYC.
  • Each season will contain episodes with leaders from various farming practices, including soil farmers, indoor growers, community gardeners, and agtech innovators. 
  • At public events, all panels that Seeds and the City designs will include a diverse spectrum of speakers including women and people of color in high visibility roles.