Karen Washington

Co-Owner/Farmer | Rise & Root Farm


Karen Washington

Karen Washington, co-owner/farmer of Rise & Root Farm, has been a legendary activist in the community gardening movement since 1985. Renowned for turning empty Bronx lots into verdant spaces, Karen is: a former President of the NYC Community Garden Coalition; a board member of: the NY Botanical Gardens, Why Hunger, and NYC Farm School; a co-founder of Black Urban Growers (BUGS); and a pioneering force in establishing urban farmers’ markets.

Panel Presentations:

Local Food and Social Economy—Creating Community through Urban Farming

October 18th | 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

Transforming the Food System

October 19th | 2:45 pm to 4:15 pm

Bioneers 2019 Conference - Seeding the Field: Growing Transformative Movements