Who Am I ?
1: Who am I?
I’m a writer and a photographer, plus a food and health enthusiast. I’m passionately working to get information to people on how to live healthier lives through their diet, shopping choices, and environment.
2: What do you do and what project are you currently working on?
I’m always working on projects in writing and photography but I also do marketing and communications consulting, mostly for media sites with a focus on ethical and sustainable practices in fashion and food. I’m currently working on a book about the growth of the environmental movement from the generation of my parents to today, with an emphasis on urban farming and living (eating) with intention.
3: Where are you from and where are you going?
I’m from a small community in West Virginia called the Claymont Society for Continuous Education. It’s a communally owned property with an amazing biodynamic farm and great programs in everything from tai chi to Fourth Way. I stay as involved as I can back home, so even though I’m a Brooklyn girl now, I still head out there as often as possible. With September comes the annual Harvest Feast; you better believe I’ll be taking a whole crew from NYC down to harvest and eat the crops!
4: Who is your biggest hero?
My parents who have never been afraid to try new things, follow their hearts, and sacrifice everything for the good of their family and friends. Also my dog, who survived the pound long enough for me to save him from the kill list and for him to save me from not having experienced the love of a pet.
5: What book is your bible?
Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon. That book changed the way I ate and thought about health, which has affected my whole life for the better. Good food and good health make everything possible and give you one heck of a foundation for success.
6: What are some things you love? And some things you hate?
I love my amazing family and friends, food, DIY, sustainable design, urban farming, and dietary science. Hate is a strong word but man do I severely dislike selfishness, greed, poor communicators, and vanity .
7: What is your raison d’être?
To live long and live well. I’d like to die old and surrounded by family, musing on all the great things I was able to get done in my years. I don’t think there is anything else that could be better than that.
8: What is your favorite color?
That decision has always been hard for me since I love color in general, but I usually settle on green. My parents always told me my mom’s first contractions were while meditating in green light, so that must be the reason!
9: Who is your favorite comic book superhero?
As a kid I pretty much only read Elf Quest and Catwoman (nerd alert!). I think Catwoman is amazing because she isn’t afraid to bend the rules to fight injustice, even if it means tapping into her dark side. She’s spiritual and sensual at the same time, and such a badass.
10: What is your favorite NYC hot spot?
My backyard! It’s an amazing place to learn about navigating the health benefits and challenges of growing your own food in the city, not to mention serving friends out in the open air.
11: What turns you on?
Honesty, ethics, intelligence, and passion. Nothing excites me–mentally or physically–more than that.
12: What would the last question of this questionnaire be if you were the one asking?
What are you doing to make the world a better place?
Alia Kahan is a writer, photographer, and consultant who lives in Brooklyn, NY. Her photography has been shown from small galleries to the Brooklyn Museum to New York Magazine online. She is also the Communications & Publications Manager at Food Bank For New York City. You can read her writing on food and fashion across the web.
Questions by PMc Magazine
Edited by Meaghan Coffey
Photography by Nikol Burgos
Design by Jillian Mercado
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Alia Kahan, At Home, 2011, Photography by Nikol Burgos