Annette Nielsen is a writer and cook who has dedicated her life to supporting local agriculture and sustainability initiatives. Annette has been the food editor for the Saratogian (Saratoga Springs, NY) and the Hill Rag (Washington, DC) and has written for Adirondack Life and a number of Edible properties.
In addition to writing, Annette has produced events for Just Food, Food Tank and Cleaver Co. and founded the Al Fresco farm to table dinner for 400 guests in Washington County in 2002 where she also helped launch the shared-use Battenkill Kitchen and led agrarian tours. She has been a cooking instructor at Henry Street Settlement, The Hill Center (Washington, DC) and through the NYC Department of Health at farmers’ markets in the city. Recently, Annette led the cooking program for youth at Kitchen Little Cooking School in New York. Currently Annette is the Manager for Community Partnerships and Food, Nutrition and Culinary Programs at the Horticultural Society of New York. As part of her position, she coordinates educational programs at NYDigs, which operates out of the greenhouse and kitchen at Riverbank State Park in Manhattan, NY.