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PA-WAgN announces 2011 WISA Conference Keynote Speaker

Posted: February 23, 2012

Keynote Speaker Karen Washington, an urban farmer, is president of the New York City Community Garden Coalition and founding member of Black Urban Growers (BUGs). With over 20 years of experience working in New York City, Karen has developed abandoned lots into successful community gardens and food initiatives.

As the president of the New York City Community Garden Coalition, she works toward her organization’s mission of promoting “the preservation, creation, and empowerment of community gardens through education, advocacy, and grassroots organizing.” Washington is also a Just Food trainer, teaching agriculture and food’s role in social justice issues. Black Urban Growers (BUGs), an organization committed to building networks and community support for growers in both urban and rural settings. Through education and advocacy around food and farm issues, we nurture collective black leadership to ensure we have a seat at the table. She helped launched a City Farms Farmer's Market as Co-Founder of La Familia Verde Community Garden Coalition--an organization that has revitalized some of the Bronx’s poorest neighborhoods through developing more than five community-operated gardens and various community-based organizations. Karen Washington is the driving force behind the revitalization of numerous impoverished Bronx neighborhoods through the establishment of community gardens. She is a strong believer in the connection between food and greater social justice issues.