This fall, November 16 & 17 we welcome Lindsey and Ben Shute, owners of Hearty Roots Farm in a conversation about farming and community development.
Hearty Roots is a 70 acre family farm using sustainable and organic practices, located in Columbia County, New York. Hearty Roots partners with 8 CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture) in New York City — including the Rutgers Church CSA — and 4 CSAs upstate near the farm.
Most farms are managed for yield – how much you can draw off a single acre of land – but what if community was the ultimate goal? What changes would be required for both farmers and consumers?
Hearty Roots Farm was established as a community farm and for 16 years we’ve learned how the aspect of community success is the ultimate measure of our work.
Within the farm community, this means supporting a vibrant sector with more farmers and less consolidation and reliance on technology to solve problems. More farmers allows us to employ thoughtful systems that work with our ecosystem instead of against it, and to benefit from a diversity of voices and ideas to improve our work.
Farming for the community means racial and gender equity in farming, to keep all communities connected to the land and the food it produces. It means ensuring farmworkers rights and creating pathways to farm management and ownership that are not blocked by immigration status. It means connecting farmers to eaters so that there is transparency and fairness in all directions.
By managing for people and community, farmers and consumers can achieve shared goals of environmentally friendly farming, justice, equity and productivity.
Join us as we discuss how these goals can come together, and what needs to change to achieve them.
Lindsey and Ben Shute