Racey Henderson was featured as the brief bio in the January-February 2020 issue of the Adirondack Explorer. You can find her profile below. The photo gallery above contains images from her farm.
Residence: Reber Rock Farm, Essex.
Occupation: Mother of 2-year-old Lovett and 4-year-old Lewis. Farmer, farmer advocate and international humanitarian consultant.
Accomplishments: Surviving the sleeplessness, worry and intensity of small children. Three years of Peace Corps in Mauritania. Cofounder and owner of two small businesses (Reber Rock Farm and Ndara).
Favorite hike: Our family and friends do the South Boquet CATS trail in Essex every year for our son’s birthday (he’s 4). It’s perfect for a gaggle of under-10s and a great place to sit and eat a birthday treat at the top. Sage’s Folly in the AMR, just west of the Upper Ausable Lake, is a close second. It’s more challenging for kids, but doable and gives a great feeling of accomplishment once at the top (although I wished you still had the view off the back to Marcy and Haystack, trees have grown up since the blow down).
Favorite view: Looking west and north from Jersey Street at my farm, Reber Rock; you can see the Jay Range, Poke-O-Moonshine and the Reber Valley.
Why I love the Adirondacks: The combination of deep wilderness, farms and inspiring, caring, community-dedicated people. The rural life here brings a connectivity between people and to nature that gives me hope for my children’s’ future in this world.
Memorable wildlife experience: On our way out from our first trip to the Upper Lake as a couple, my now-husband and I were walking the carry chatting quietly when a grouse walked out of the underbrush into the path a few feet in front of me. I had just enough time to say “Oh, look!” when it turned and charged me, half running and half flying up my legs to my chest, and then it flew away. Who knew a grouse could be so protective!
If I were in charge of the park: I would work to ensure that farmland preservation in the park not only values the preservation of open space and beautiful vistas in the wilderness, but also values the prosperity of the farm businesses that are keeping the land open.
Something readers can do to support Adirondack agriculture: Buy local as much as possible. Eat locally produced food from Adirondack farmers. Fill your homes with locally produced crafts, cabinets, chairs, tables, rugs, pottery. Hire local contractors, accountants, tax preparers, baby sitters, farm workers, landscapers, electricians, repair people and tailors. Shop at stores owned by people who live here.