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Anastasia Cole Plakias

Brooklyn Grange
Vice President & Founding Partner

Anastasia Cole Plakias is co-founder and Vice President of Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm. A published writer and photographer, Anastasia is a passionate and outspoken crusader for fresh, healthy foods and greener, more sustainable cities.

Her love of food began early, cooking up elaborate meals in the tiny, galley kitchen of her family’s West Village, NYC apartment. After some years spent freelance writing for magazines, Anastasia landed in the offices of Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group, where she took on projects ranging from event production, content creation, marketing and public relations, and of course, eating her way through the menus at New York City’s best restaurants. As a managing partner of Brooklyn Grange, she has run the business’ sales department, created its events program, and manages the farm’s communications and external affairs. Anastasia channels her love of food into weekly CSA newsletters, chock full of fun vegetable trivia and cooking tips, which were spun off to the Heritage Radio Network series, Anastasia’s Fridge. A co-founder of the non-profit, City Growers, she presented alongside the organization’s Executive Director at TedX Long Island City. In 2014 and 2015, she was an instructor of Natural Gourmet Institute’s Sustainable Farming Certificate Course, and regularly teaches a workshop aimed at entrepreneurs interested in launching their own urban farming business. She has spoken to audiences at the Slow Food NYC/Northeast Organic Farmer’s Alliance NY Producer’s Conference; the 2014 Energivie Summit in Strasbourg, France; the NYU School of Engineering; and the Museum of Natural History, and has recently completed a book about the business, The Farm on the Roof: What Brooklyn Grange Taught us About Entrepreneurship, Community, and Growing a Sustainable Business (Avery Press, April, 2016).

When Anastasia isn’t zipping from farm to farm on her bicycle or leading a tour for a visiting delegation of city planners, she can be found at her Greenpoint, Brooklyn apartment conducting a cider tasting for dinner guests, or hiking through the Hudson Valley in search of migrating hawks.

To engage Anastasia for Live Appearances and Speaking Engagements, please contact: Laurie Barnett at Gotham Artists, laurie@gotham-artists.com, 646-578-8788.