Karen Washington is a farmer and activist. She is Co-Owner/Farmer at Rise & Root Farm in Chester New York. As an activist and food advocate, in 2010, she 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 she was the recipient of the James Beard Leadership Award. Karen serves on the boards of the New York Botanical Gardens, Why Hunger, Just Food, and Farm School NYC.
Contributions to HumansandNature.org:
- You Belong to the Land: A Conversation with Karen Washington and Leah Penniman
A response to “What does it mean to be a farmer in the twenty-first century?”
- Rise & Root Farm
Learn more about Karen Washington's work.
Karen Washington: It’s Not a Food Desert, It’s Food Apartheid
Learn from Karen Washington how to disassemble the violence in the food system.