When we began our farm two years ago, we began with a very simple vision: turn our passion for food justice and urban farming into action.
Why? Sometimes, you have to go to the core of something to figure it out.
We created a cooperative 3-acre farm in Orange County to grow nutritious food. We wanted to use this farm to build a base for education and to bring our New York City family together with our new Hudson Valley neighbors. We also wanted to make sure that this farm met our ideals of sustainable and equitable agriculture, which meant taking into account issues such as farm worker equity and the accessibility of our products to all races and socioeconomic classes.
As Karen, one of the four founding women of Rise & Root, has said, “No matter what their economics, ethnicity or race, everyone has a right to food that is good and healthy, and that is what we are trying to provide here at Rise & Root Farm.”
We think the media coverage that we have received since beginning reflects how ready our society is to start a conversation about how justice and equity play into building a strong local food economy. We’ve been featured in outlets such as Huffington Post and Mother Earth, and even have a documentary in development. From Hawthrone Valley Farm to the nearby Chester Presbyterian Church, we’ve also highly appreciated the partnerships we’ve been able to create in the Hudson Valley.
As winter nears and our second season winds down, we’re so proud of what we’ve been able to create. Now, we’re taking the next step in this enterprise through our efforts to build a community kitchen. This kitchen will allow us to create a new year-round hub on our farm to host classes, to develop new products, and to be a resource for other local farmers and food-based businesses.
Learn more about how to contribute here.