Lorrie’s irrigation experience began with a rain barrel and watering can at Taqwa Community Farm in the Bronx. After two years of farming in California during one of their worst droughts in the state’s history, she has a profoundly deeper appreciation of water and it’s finite properties as a resource as well as the increasingly politically charged social justice and environmental issues we are facing today. For Lorrie, understanding the social, environmental and economic impact of our existing waterways and regulations around access and distribution are equally as important as understanding the technology we use to designing appropriate and sustainable irrigation systems.
Lorrie Clevenger is a farmer, educator, and community organizer with over 7 years of experience growing food and organizing around food and land access specifically for historically disenfranchised communities. This passed November, Lorrie returned to the East Coast after two years farming at the University of California Santa Cruz Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS), and just launched a new cooperative farm, Rise & Root Farm, in Chester, New York. She is a founding and active member of Black Urban Growers (BUGs) and Farm School NYC.