Rise & Root Farm
We are strongly rooted in New York City and committed to engaging rural and urban communities through food and farming. Our current and previous farming related affiliations include: Just Food, Farm School NYC, Ecostation:NY, Bushwick Campus Farm, Black Urban Growers, Crock and Jar, La Familia Verde Community Garden coalition, GrowNYC. We have worked with community gardens and urban farms in NYC and beyond, and we have dedicated our lives to increasing the number of people growing and eating good food. We care about justice and equity and in building a strong local food economy.
We came together with a common dream, to continue our food justice work by growing food and community beyond the city boundaries. We believe we can accomplish more together than any one of us could do on our own.
In 2013, we participated in GrowNYC's Farm Beginnings course, and with their support we developed our ideas, clarifying our farm dream and three part sustainability goal. Below you will find our hopes for the future that we have already begun working towards.
We're happier than we ever dreamed we could be... our work is meaningful and fun... we are constantly learning... breathtaking views...clean, fresh air and water. Our community is diverse and rich in culture with a variety of knowledge and experience. Strong, loving relationships between family, farm partners, and the larger community. ... filled with communication and laughter... lots of time outside in all kinds of weather. The farm represents our values of food and social justice. We are healthy, balanced and energized, engaged in hard physical work. A healing, spiritual place of openness and self expression. Our children are surrounded with nature, a diverse group of positive adult role models and friendships. building deep roots in a place.
Products: We will grow a variety of vegetables, fruit, and herbs. We will raise chickens and bees, sell the eggs, honey, and possibly the meat. Crock & Jar continues to be an established value-added production business, creating krauts, other fermented foods and canned products.
Markets: Our farm store will be an asset to the community and a market for our value added products. We find and grow our local community through our CSA, farm stand, and local farmers markets.
Services: Educational programming will be a large part of our farm identity. We teach a variety of classes and host long term apprenticeship. Our bed and breakfast offers visitors a chance to experience life on our farm. We help coordinate farm trips to encourage our city partners to come to the farm.
Our community: We share responsibility for the animals, giving us all more flexible schedules. We build relationships with our community by seeking knowledge from more experienced farmers and opening our farm as a resource to local community groups. We grow our community with intention through honest and loving communication between farm partners and family; seeking out difference and being open; and promoting health.
We see the soil as the farm's biggest resource, and we will build on its vitality and fertility. We will grow our enterprises slowly and intentionally, focusing on quality and efficiency. We will rely on our communities to help us in our endeavors. Family will be at the center of all that we do. Because we operate as a team, we will support each other in self-care and time away from the farm and business.
The land: We will continue to see the land as our most valuable asset, acting to protect the land and our ecosystem.
Our farm family: We will continue to grow, change, and learn about one another as a farm family.
Infrastructure: We will invest in the care and maintenance of our farm and its structures so we continue to live in a well functioning, beautiful environment.
Rise & Root Farm
Photo by Ethan Harrison
Mist over the tomatoes
Rise & Root at Union Square Greenmarket (Fridays)
Rise & Root Heirloom tomatoes
Autumn at the farm