Liz Henderson

Liz Henderson

Interview: How to create sustainable farming with Elizabeth Henderson

Elizabeth Henderson is one of the foremost names in sustainable farming in the United States. She is known for her work with Peacework CSA, the Agricultural Justice Project, Agrarian Trust and many other farming organizations. We talk about what the past, present, and future of sustainable farming.

Below is a summary of our interview:


There is no building so tall, that a little dog can’t piss on it – Jim Hightower

Her Journey

Elizabeth started out in New York City, then her parents decided to move her to the country, Croton on the Hudson, which is a suburb of New York City. She wasn’t happy there. And she talks about her life and buying land with some friends to start her life in organic farming.

Low Point

She used to endure people making fun of her as she was the only female organic farmer.

Aha Moment

A group of families wanted to take the crops from her farm and to do the farm work and sustain the farm.

Elizabeth’s work now  

Peacework Farm CSA(Community-supported agriculture) was founded by Elizabeth in 1998, where she still farms in Newark, New York. She has written a few books on CSA farming, such as Sharing the Harvest: A Citizen’s Guide to Community Supported Agriculture.

What’s exciting Elizabeth now

When you plant a crop and you see a pest on it, but then another little bug shows up and starts sucking the juices out of the one that was sucking out the plant. Nature is really out there helping us. She is also excited about the staff stepping out and starting ventures on their own.

Lightning Round

Book Elizbeth Recommends:

Small Is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered

Helpful Habit:

She really likes to finish things. Sometimes a little bit compulsive. But getting things done is good.

Helpful Person:

She recognizes her parents who loved her and believed in her.

What’s Your Purpose?

She doesn’t worry about her purpose, but does something positive every day.

Where to follow Elizabeth + Parting Words

Peacework Organic CSA

The world is a beautiful place and it’s also stark and ugly, but the only way we are going to change that is by reaching out to others and holding hands and building a better future.

An awesome way to spread the word

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Derrick Duplessy

Executive Director at Duplessy Foundation
Derrick has coached 500+ executives in 10 years as an executive coach. He runs Duplessy Foundation which is dedicated to creating meaningful careers for everyone. He also hosts Purpose Rockstar, a daily show on iTunes where he shares the career stories of a variety of guests.

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