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November 19, 2013

The Taste Makers

These days, well-dressed can describe both what you make out of a closet and inside a kitchen. As foodie-ism has come into fashion, the fashionable set has flocked to the world of food. Meet eight women making their way at the intersection of sustenance and style.

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Photo Credit: Courtesy of David Schulze

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ANNIE NOVAK
30, BROOKLYN, NY

The Argo-Chick

WHAT SHE DOES: Cofounder and head farmer of Eagle Street Rooftop Farm in Brooklyn, which grows produce for the borough's restaurants and residents; director of Growing Chefs, a nonprofit that educates New York City kids about farming and gardening; manager of the Edible Academy at the New York Botanical Garden.

DAILY UNIFORM: "Keds for Madewell. I used to farm in dresses, but given the number of insects that get up your skirt, now I wear jeans."

FASHION CRED: Novak grew up thumbing through the pages of fashion magazines, and her own quirky style has made national news. In 2010, The Huffington Post dubbed her "Cutest Organic Farmer," and in 2012, Madewell tapped her to model for an advertising campaign, in which she wore a pair of chevron trousers and proclaimed, "Pants really are a farm tool too."

FOOD FORAY: Her passion for sustainable agriculture was ignited while she was studying chocolate farming in Ghana at the University of Cape Coast, and her interest in ethical agriculture has since taken her to five continents. "It's much sexier to talk about the environment when you're eating good chocolate instead of asking people to hug trees," she says.

OCCUPATIONAL HAZARD: "We grow several thousand chili pepper plants on the rooftop farm, and every year I manage to get chili pepper oils in my eyes, nose, and unmentionables for weeks as we make hundreds of bottles of hot sauce."


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