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Maggie Cheney

Co-Founder, Rise & Root Farm


Maggie grew up growing food, loving food, and wanting to share her passion and knowledge with others. Daughter of an organic farmer and founder of The Food Project, in Boston, she has been involved with food her whole life. In 2006 she help start an elementary school garden program in Oakland, California, and then went on to teach at University of California Santa Cruz Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems for two years. After farming in the Hudson Valley she moved to NYC in 2011.  In Brooklyn she became the Director of Farms & Education for EcoStation:NY, and now serves on their Board of Directors, continuing to promote youth organizing work in the city.  Maggie is also a teacher for Farm School NYC's Advanced Crop Production and Irrigation courses. She and her partner D. are currently also the co-owners of one of Rise & Root's partner farms, Rock Steady Farm & Flowers, in Millerton, NY. Located 2.5 hours north of NYC, Sol Flower Farm is a 9 acre veggie and flower farm that runs a CSA, farm stand, and wholesale accounts both upstate and in NYC. The farm has a strong social justice mission selling CSA boxes to 70 low-income families in the area, hosting youth for job training, and shares land with The Watershed Center, a retreat center for community based justice organizations.