Rise & Root at Let Us Eat Local

October 5th’s Let Us Eat Local is a celebration of Just Food’s community--including regional and urban farms, community activists, mindful eaters, and an array of New York City’s finest restaurants providing delicious leadership in the sustainable food movement.

Chef Howard Kalachnikoff tapped Rise & Root Farm to provide produce for Gramercy Tavern’s Let Us Eat Local offering: Cured Arctic Char with Carrots and Chili Peppers. Rise & Root Farm is one of multiple regional and urban farms supplying fall bounty for the event. Join us next Monday to sample this and other delectable dishes while supporting Just Food’s work to empower community leaders in their efforts to advocate for and increase access to healthy, locally-grown food in New York City.

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Launched last fall, Rise & Root is celebrating its first season this year. You can find their produce at La Familia Verde Farmers’ Market in the East Tremont/Crotona section of the Bronx  on Tuesdays; at Union Square Greenmarket on Fridays; at Danny Meyer restaurants, including Gramercy Tavern and Untitled; and at the newly reopened Chester Farmers’ Market in the Hudson Valley.

We love all of our farmers, but Rise & Root holds a special place in Just Food’s heart. The women of this cooperatively -owned farm represent current and former Just Food board members, educators, and staff members, including nationally-recognized community activist and longtime urban farmer Karen Washington, Black Urban Growers co-founder and Just Food staff and board alumna Lorrie Clevenger, former Just Food urban agriculture and Farm School NYC staffer Jane Hodge, community educator and Crock & Jar founder Michaela Hayes, and Farm School NYC teachers Maggie Cheney and D. Rooney. In addition to having a hand in shaping the strategic direction of Just Food, these farmers continue to play leadership roles in Farm School NYC.

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Before setting roots down in New York’s fertile Black Dirt region, the women of Rise & Root were immersed in community gardens and urban farms in New York City. They have dedicated themselves to increasing the number of New Yorkers growing and eating good food. Throughout their farm careers, these leaders have focused on justice, equity, and building a strong local food economy. They came together with a common dream: to continue their food justice work by growing food and community beyond the city boundaries.

Congratulations to Rise & Root Farm on an amazing first season. We are so proud to say we knew you when. And we can’t wait to witness--and taste--the fruits of your labor in the coming years.