Elizabeth Henderson farmed at Peacework Farm in Wayne County, New York, producing organically grown vegetables for the fresh market for over 30 years. A farmer, activist, and writer, she has exerted an enormous influence on the movement for organic and sustainable agriculture since the 1970s.
Deeply involved in the organic movement at all levels, Henderson was a founding member of the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) in Massachusetts, has served on the Board of Directors for Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York (NOFA-NY), SARE (Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education) Northeast, and many other farming organizations at the state, regional, and national level. She represents the NOFA Interstate Council on the Board of the Agricultural Justice Project. From 1993 – 2013, she chaired the Agricultural Development Board in Wayne County and took an active role in creating the Farming and Farmland Protection Plan for the county.
Her writings on organic agriculture appear in The Natural Farmer and other publications. She co-wrote Sharing the Harvest: A Citizen’s Guide to Community Supported Agriculture (1999) with Robyn Van En and Whole Farm Planning: Ecological Imperatives, Personal Values, and Low-Input Practices in the Northeast (2003) with Karl North. She also wrote A Food Book for a Sustainable Harvest for the members of Peacework Organic Community Supported Agriculture (aka GVOCSA) in its twenty seventh year in 2015.
In 2001 the organic industry honored her with one of the first “Spirit of Organic” awards and in 2007 Abundance Co-op honored her with the “Cooperating for Communities” award. In 2009 NOFA-NY honored her with a Lifetime Achievement Award and then a Golden Carrot in 2013. In 2014 Eco-Farm presented her with their “Advocate of Social Justice Award, the Justie.”
She has been an important voice in national discussions on organic standards, fair trade, and agricultural justice. She believes it is important for people to understood what is involved in getting food from the fields to their tables.
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