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Karen Washington

Co-Founder, Rise & Root Farm


Karen Washington has spent decades promoting urban farming as a way for all New Yorkers to access to fresh, locally grown food.  Karen is a Just Food board member and Just Food Trainer, leading workshops on food growing and food justice for community gardeners all over the city. Karen is also board member and former president of the New York City Community Garden Coalition, a co-founder of Black Urban Growers (BUGs), a member of the La Familia Verde Community Garden Coalition, and a board member of the New York Botanical Gardens. In 2012 Ebony magazine voted her one of their 100 most influential African Americans in the country, and in 2014 she was awarded with the James Beard Leadership Award.