Karen is a farmer and community activist, and has been advocating for healthy communities for more than 26 years. She is a member of the board of directors of the New York Botanical Garden, Just Food, and Why Hunger. She is also co-founder of Black Urban Growers. In 2014 Karen was awarded the prestigious James Beard Foundation Leadership Award, and was named by Ebony magazine as one of the 100 most influential African Americans in the country. She is currently a farmer and co-owner of Rise&Root Farm in Chester, New York.