Karen Washington: Food Justice

Karen Washington will address our campus community in a presentation titled "Bringing Food Justice & Food Sovereignty into Your Work". Since 1985, Rise and Root Farm co-owner, Karen Washington been a community activist, striving to make New York City a better place to live. Ms. Washington has worked with multiple organizations to initiate and support community gardening programs and is a co-founder of Black Urban Growers (BUGS), an organization of volunteers committed to building networks and community support for growers in both urban and rural settings. In 2012 Ebony magazine voted her one of their 100 most influential African Americans in the country. In 2014, she was awarded with the James Beard Leadership Award.

Rise and Root Farm (http://www.riseandrootfarm.com/home/) is a cooperatively run farm in Orange County, New York, comprised of women, teachers, leaders, students, and growers. The farm grows vegetables, flowers, and herbs utilizing sustainable growing techniques that exclude chemical pesticides or herbicides, focusing on a healthy ecosystem and restoring balance to the land. Rise and Root Farm has worked with community gardens and urban farms in New York City and surrounding areas with an objective to encourage gardening and subsequently eating nutritious food. The organization values justice, equity and building a strong local food economy.