Lorrie is a full time farmer with Rise & Root Farm, and she joins us after a rich career in farming, community gardening, community organizing and food & farm education. Most recently, Lorrie returned to the east coast after two years farming in Santa Cruz at the University of California Santa Cruz Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS). Lorrie was a second year apprentice, serving as an assistant garden manager and educator/mentor for more than 30 first-year apprentices.
Previously, Lorrie was a community gardener at Taqwa Community Farm in the Bronx for several seasons. She is a founding member of Black Urban Growers (BUGs), an organization committed to building networks and community support for black growers, and she served as the Volunteer General Coordinator for their first annual Black Farmers & Urban Gardeners Conference in 2010. Lorrie is a founding member of Farm School NYC and has remained part of the Executive Board since its inception in 2008, helping to develop curriculum and programming around innovative urban farming education. Her career in food sovereignty work began in 2007 with Just Food, where she supported the work of diverse NYC communities through CSAs, community-based farmers markets, and advocacy around local food and community gardens. Her relationship to Just Food spanned a range of roles including Board member, Brooklyn's Bounty Market Coordinator, Administrative Assistant and Website Manager. She also was the first Capacity Building Coordinator for WhyHunger's Grassroots Action Network Program. At WhyHunger, Lorrie provided resources, information and networking opportunities to strengthen and support thousands of community based organizations across the country. She also managed the development and implementation of the Community Learning Project for Food Justice (CLP), a nationwide peer-to-peer mentoring service.
Lorrie is excited to bring her range of experiences to the Let's Get Farming team!