SPACE on Ryder Farm, the acclaimed residency program for artists and activists located in Brewster, New York, has begun managing the organic farming operations at Ryder Farm (located on the same property) and launched its inaugural sliding scale CSA—a community supported agriculture membership. The expansion will be an opportunity for increased reciprocity among the resident artists, chefs, and farmers.
“Since SPACE’s founding, art and agriculture have been in concert on Ryder Farm,” said Emily Simoness, a seventh generation Ryder and executive director of SPACE. “At a time when family farms are being lost across the country due to economic pressures and the lack of succession plans, SPACE is deeply committed to ensuring Ryder Farm is still farming in another 224 years.”
Ryder farm is one of the oldest working organic farms on the East Coast, first established in 1795, and one of the founding farms to participate in the Union Square Greenmarket. SPACE is succeeding Betsey Ryder of Ryder Farm Cottage Industries, who retired at the end of the 2018 growing season after 40 years of farming.
SPACE on Ryder Farm supports artists through various residency programs, spanning playwriting to filmmaking to social justice. Residencies range from one to five weeks, with only three simple requirements: artists are asked to attend communal meals daily, give back two hours to Ryder Farm, and share what they’ve developed with fellow residents. Alums include Clare Barron, David Cale, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Mfoniso Udofia, Samuel D. Hunter, and Anne Washburn.
For more information on its programs and residencies, visit Spaceonryderfarm.org.