Maggie has taught Farm School NYC's Advanced Crop Production and Irrigation courses for the last
four years and is excited to co-teach from afar with Lorrie Clevenger this year!
Maggie grew up growing food, loving food, and wanting to share her passion and knowledge with others. She is the daughter of Ward Cheney, a farmer and founder of The Food Project, in Boston, Massachusetts.
She previously lived on the west coast and worked in school gardening as well as taught at University of California Santa Cruz Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS) for two years. She has worked on numerous farms across the United States, Mexico, and South America, and co-managed Four Winds Farm, a "no-till" organic farm in the Hudson Valley rooted in environmental stewardship, animal care, and intensive food production.
Maggie was the former Director of Farms & Education for EcoStation:NY, a Bushwick-based nonprofit organization dedicated to food, social, and environmental justice, where she worked for almost four years. At the Bushwick Campus, Maggie worked closely with teachers and students during school hours, as well as coordinated a six-month Community Apprenticeship Program for aspiring urban farmers (adults), an after school "Food Justice Team" (youth).
Maggie was excited to farm part-time last season at the Snug Harbor Heritage Farm on Staten Island, giving her a taste of the larger scale again. After a total of nine full time growing seasons under her belt, Maggie is finally scaling up as Vegetable Manager for Sol Flower Farm. She is currently in the thick of the season, with 11 acres in veggies. She sources food to a 50 person CSA, 30 restaurants in the Hudson Valley, and the local food pantry and youth program.
Maggie is also a co-owner of Rise & Root Farm, which she will join once the business has grown and can support all of its’ owners full time. She plans to stay at Sol Flower Farm for the near future, learning more production skills and building long-term partnerships in the area.