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Dan Barber is on a mission to unite chefs and seed breeders in creating new, better-tasting vegetables. The chef of Blue Hill and Blue Hill at Stone Barns recently founded Row 7 Seed Co. with breeder Michael Mazourek and grower Matthew Goldfarb. We headed down to Barber’s Blue Hill in Greenwich Village to find out what exactly he has in store for his new company, chat about his food-waste initiative WastED and much more, in the first special Food Business episode from Food Republic Today.

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Food Republic Today is hosted by our Editorial Director, Richard Martin, with co-host Krista Ruane, Zero Point Zero culinary creative director, and produced by Zero Point Zero Production. Our producer is Katie Guhl with assistance from Tiffany Do and additional editing by Manuel Sander. The episode features music by Ghostly International artists including Michna, whose “Metal Baile Joint” is the theme song.