Rise & Root Farm Workshop
Am I not worthy to sit under this roof? Let me till the soil so that my spirit can run free. Hear how being a farmer has allowed Karen Washington to reclaim her roots of belonging. Special program with Karen Washington of Rise & Root Farm at the rooftop of 2017 Outlooks artist Heather Hart’s The Oracle of Lacuna.
Since 1985, Karen Washington has been a community activist, striving to make New York City a better place to live. As a community gardener and board member of the New York Botanical Gardens, she worked with Bronx neighborhoods to turn empty lots into community gardens.
As an advocate, and former president of the New York City Community Garden Coalition, she stood up and spoke out for garden protection and preservation. As a member of the La Familia Verde Garden Coalition, she helped launch a City Farmers Market, bringing fresh vegetables to the community.
Karen is a Just Food board member and Just Food Trainer, leading workshops on growing food and food justice across the country. In 2010, Co- Founded Black Urban Growers (BUGS) an organization supporting growers in both urban and rural settings.
In 2012, Ebony magazine voted her one of their 100 most influential African Americans in the country and in 2014 was the recipient of the James Beard Leadership Award.
Since retiring from Physical Therapy in 2014, Karen is Co-owner/Farmer at Rise & Root Farm.