Who We Are

Mission

    To cultivate social and economic justice in the local food system through dynamic, inclusive and creative collaborations across our diverse rural community.

    Goals

      We aim to promote systemic change in the development of a resilient local food system by prioritizing collaborations and partnerships around:

    • Consistently connecting farm surpluses to emergency food sites and community based organizations while closing the food loop through sustainable surplus redistribution.

    • Increasing regional capacity to improve accessibility and cultural appropriateness in the local food system.

    • Creating greater exposure to the valuable work of our local farmers.

    • Cultivating awareness of and capacity to change inequalities in the food system by directly engaging community members through opportunities for hands-on reciprocity and creating a county-wide network for resource, knowledge and wealth-sharing.

    • Long Table Harvest is a project of Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs (SEE), a non-profit public charity exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.


    Aravah Berman-Mirkin
    Aravah Berman-Mirkin - Co-Founder and Director, they/them

    Aravah founded Long Table Harvest after three full seasons apprenticing on and managing diverse vegetable farms in Columbia and Dutchess Counties including Sisters Hill Farm and Letterbox Farm Collective, while simultaneously working as a lead organizer with the Young Farmers Coalition Hudson Valley Chapter. Prior to founding LTH, Aravah spent five years working in the non-profit sector as a project manager with The Greenhorns. They served on the leadership committee of the Hudson Valley CSA Coalition from 2017-2021. Aravah co-created and co-directed Rolling Grocer 19, a community-centered grocery store utilizing an innovative Fair Pricing Model, located in Hudson and serving the greater Columbia County from 2016-2020. Aravah is a graduate of The Cooper Union School of Architecture.

    Sarah Grinberg
    Sarah Grinberg - Gleaning Coordinator, she/her

    Sarah is a community organizer focused on building sustainable systems to address the challenges of food insecurity. Since moving to the Hudson Valley in 2014, she's run her own small business, Tin Can Juicery, farmed at Common Hands in Philmont and served as Rural Access Coordinator and Buyer at Hudson's Rolling Grocer 19. Her latest project, the Athens Community Farm, is a volunteer-run micro farm providing a seasonal u-pick garden along with distribution of local produce in Greene County. Previous experience in technology and finance provide a comprehensive perspective for Sarah's current work, although she's much happier that she now gets to spend her days surrounded by veggies, mud and beautiful mountains.



    Former Staff

    Leigha Morris
    Leigha Morris - Gleaning Coordinator, she/her

    Leigha is originally from Eaton, NY, and comes from a long line of farmers in Madison County. She grew up canning food, picking rock, and learning about plants and old tales from her elders. Over the last few years, she's worked with non-profits and startups on the East and West Coast. During this time she helped organizations to better craft their creative branding, community outreach, and volunteer programs. This is Leigh's third season with Long Table Harvest, and she has expanded Long Table's offerings via our Community Shares Program and Seedling Distribution. She delivered seedlings to four counties this season in Columbia, Dutchess, Ulster, and Greene. Leigha is all for soaking up the sun and sharing the wealth. She is especially grateful these days for creekside hangs, big laughs, and sweet fruit.

    Heylan Tsumagari
    Heylan Tsumagari - Gleaning Coordinator, she/her

    Heylan grew up in Red Hook, New York and left to study at Brooklyn College where she majored in medical anthropology. It is there where she harbored her passions for women's health and food justice. Heylan interned with the non-profit Just Food and apprenticed at Hawthorne Valley Farm, with their dairy herd and vegetable operation. She is truly looking forward to the good work and long days that summer brings. A couple of things Heylan is wholeheartedly grateful for: self-canned food in the winter, dried flowers, medicinal herbs, cicadas, swimming in waterfalls, sharing meals with people, and the sun!

    Laura Engelman
    Laura Engelman - Co-Founder, she/her

    Laura moved to the Hudson Valley in 2014, after running a successful gleaning program in Washington State. In Hudson, Laura worked with children and families conducting farm and garden education through Hudson PROMISE Corps and also coordinated efforts at the River City Garden, Hudson's multicultural and intergenerational community garden on Front Street. Laura worked with Aravah to launch Long Table Harvest before moving to Denver to pursue a Masters in Social Work. She currently serves as Support Services Coordinator at cityWILD, a nonprofit in Denver that engages youth in experiential learning opportunities to address issues of inequity in education, economic opportunity, and access to the outdoors. Laura is pursuing a certificate in horticultural therapy and believes wholeheartedly in the healing power of digging in the dirt.





    Founding Advisory Board

    Claudia
    Claudia Abbott-Barish - Mediation Center of Dutchess County, she/her

    Claudia grew up in and around the Hudson Valley, returning at the start of 2013 to grow medicinal herbs on a small scale and with a vision to provide economically accessible herbal learning opportunities as well as fresh medicinal plants to the community. Having farmed and organized for over 10 years around issues of Food and Social Justice, Localized Resource Resilience and Food Security, Claudia has always and increasingly marveled at the capacity of individuals to produce and contribute to a collective abundance of food and medicine. She is propelled and inspired by the dynamism of the food system and the ways it can be improved to better support farmers and provide more families with fresh, accessible and nutrient-rich food.

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    Jabin Ahmed - Hudson Muslim Youth, Jaago Hudson, she/her

    Jabin is the co-founder of Hudson Muslim Youth, a movement to create a community narrative that include the voice and leadership of young diverse Muslims. Jabin received her Bachelors in Sociology from Russell Sage College, and her Masters in Public Health from the University of New England. She is passionate about empowering women and children by creating spaces and projects. She is inspired by social movements and programs that create healthy sustainable opportunities for at risk individuals through various avenues. Currently she is the Family Intervention Specialist at Warren Street Academy , and serves on the board for WiseBodies, and Hudson Area Library. Photo credit: David McIntyre

    Pamela Badila
    Pamela Badila, she/her

    Pamela is best known as the matriarch of the Badila clan, renowned for their family based production company, Diata Data International Folkloric Theatre, which she cofounded with husband Elombe. She now serves on the programming committee for the Hudson Area Library.

    Joan Hunt
    Joan Hunt - Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood, she/her

    Joan is the Project Director of the Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood (GHPN) in Hudson, NY. The GHPN, a placed-based, cradle to career initiative modeled after the Harlem Children's Zone, aims to break the intergenerational cycles of poverty and build strong, vibrant communities. In 2011, Joan received her MSW from Hunter College in Community Organizing, Planning and Development and received her undergraduate degree from New York University, double majoring in Social Work and Africana Studies. As Project Director of the Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood, Joan has successfully built partnerships with community-based organizations, schools, elected officials, County agencies, municipalities, business, youth,families and more to address unmet needs in the Hudson community. Most recently, Joan and her team launched the Greater Hudson Initiative for Children of Incarcerated Parents (GHICIP), a partner in Osborne's NY Initiative for Children of Incarcerated Parents. Joan is also an Adjunct Professor at Siena College and teaches at Greene Correctional Facility through Hudson Link.

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    Arlen Medina, she/her

    Arlen moved to the Hudson area from Pennsylvania 15 years ago. While living here she has worked as an Interpreter and Translator for the Columbia Health Department Outreach Program where she advocated health care and healthy living for migrant workers on area farms. She also worked at the Oakdale Youth Center in the summer where she promoted healthy eating through the menu offered to the kids. She currently works for the After School Program offered through the Mental Health Department while working as a teachers aide in the same school and continues to help the Spanish speaking community as a translator and interpreter.