Rise & Root Farm
Karen is a farmer and activist. She is Co-owner/Farmer at Rise & Root Farm in Chester New York. An activist, food advocate; in 2010, 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 was the recipient of the James Beard Leadership Award. In 2020 Essence magazine name Karen one of their Essential Heroes recipients, in 2021 Forbes magazine named Karen one of their 50 over 50 impact list of women making a difference and in 2023 was just named the recipient of the James Beard Humanitarian Award. Karen serves on the boards of the New York Botanical Gardens, Soul Fire Farm, the Mary Mitchell Center, Black Farmer Fund, and Green Workers Cooperative.