Photo credit goes to Dion Ogust
Jesica Clark hails from the Bronx but has planted herself in Kingston with her handy husband and their two snuggle-dogs. Although she’s not the main farmer at SPSCF this year, she’ll be around the neighborhood and ready to talk veggies.
I was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, but I have now spent almost as much of my life in New York as I did in Oklahoma. I lived in New York City for ten years, teaching elementary school and learning about farming from afar. In 2006, I moved up to Tivoli to work at Hearty Roots Community Farm, a community supported vegetable farm. After one season I was hooked. In my second season there I met my partner, Owen. Together we started Awesome Farm, a pasture-based livestock farm that was initially in Red Hook and later in Claverack (Columbia County). We spent four years raising chickens, grass-fed beef and lamb. While running Awesome Farm, I continued to work at Hearty Roots and somehow managed to have a baby, Sparrow, in the winter of 2010.
Owen, Sparrow and I moved to Kingston in the fall. We are excited to be in a small city with more opportunities for all three of us. I feel very fortunate and excited to have the opportunity to grow food at South Pine Street. I feel passionate about urban agriculture and the need to develop more food security in our cities and towns as well as increasing everyone’s access to fresh, chemical-free food. I look forward to nourishing what Jes has created and to meeting all of you. I am also in the process of growing a new farm in Kingston. Visit our website to learn about the Kingston YMCA Farm Project.