Zaro Bates


Zaro is a social entrepreneur and native New Yorker. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Development Sociology from Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

She is president of Empress Green and chief in consulting, PR, and development. She also manages production of flowers, microgreens, and seedlings, as well as co-producing events and leading workshops.


Asher Landes


Asher is devoted to purpose-driven projects in food and farming. He is COO and Head of Agriculture at Empress Green in addition to being a trained chef and skilled educator.

Asher hails from Melbourne and has also lived in Thailand, Israel, and New York. His passions include growing fruit and vegetables, fermentation, beekeeping, and empowering the next generation of farmers.

He produces a radio show called The Power of Food.

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