Bari Zeiger, Women’s, Farm Manager
Bari Zeiger is the Garden Manager and Sustainable Agriculture Coordinator at Frost Valley YMCA and President of the Greater Catskills Young Farmers Coalition. During her time studying Philosophy and Environmental Studies at SUNY Geneseo, she interned on a local, certified organic family farm and engaged peers through organizing on-farm volunteer events and on-campus panel discussions related to sustainable food systems. Furthermore, in her final semester, she conducted a Directed Study on the role of structural violence in the US migrant farm labor system, participated in grassroots activism as an ally for migrant dairy workers in Western NY, and co-founded the Student Coalition for Migrant Workers.
Subsequent to graduating in December 2016, Bari moved to the North Carolina Foothills to serve as an apprentice at A Way of Life Farm (AWOLF). At AWOLF— a certified organic, permaculture family farm— Bari was involved in all aspects of commercial, diversified vegetable, herb, and fruit production, as well as the silvopasture hog operation. Passionate about continuously cultivating her knowledge of innovations in sustainable agriculture and advancing farmer-led research, Bari serves as a grant reviewer on the Northeast SARE Technical Committee and for the New England Grassroots Fund. Additionally, Bari participated as an elected member of the National Young Farmers Coalition Ad Hoc Federal Policy Setting Process Committee. Eager to generate educational exchange, Bari actively volunteers with 4-H, serves on the CCE Sullivan Program Advisory Committee, and is on the Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute’s Board of Directors. In 2020, Bari began the process of building her own agricultural small business, Healing Poem Farm, in Java, NY outside of the city of Buffalo.