Rachel Stephens of Sweet Woodland Farm
Photography: Jeff Schultz
“Organic sustainability holds value in all my past and current work.”
Rachel Stephens was born and raised on the East End of Long Island where she currently owns and runs Sweet Woodland Farm. Rachel has an educational back round in horticulture and work experience as estate gardener and wholesale plant nursery manager.
"We are blessed to have all that the earth has provided for us and we must take great care as to not disturb what was here before we came along. We are grateful for this piece of ground we live on and are devoted to keeping it clean and as unharmed as possible. The condition of our soil, water, and air we breathe make an impact on our health as well as the woodland life we share. Whether it be the heirloom seeds we plant, the native berries we forage, or the vegetables that we preserve we strive to keep our food safe and pure so as to nourish rather than harm ourselves. We feel organic and sustainable practices are instrumental to the survival of our species as well as all other creatures of this beautiful earth we live on."
Rachel strongly believes in the body's ability to heal itself and practices natural, self care with the aid of herbs and home remedies. Influenced by the stars and rhythms of nature she was guided toward the path to herb farm production, and crafting her line of herbal healing products.
In addition, she currently serves as the President and Agro-Ecology director of a local non-profit organization, The Ecological Culture Initiative's mission is to foster an ecology-based evolution of the local community through advocacy, education, and practical assistance.
Through ECI, Rachel has established and maintains a seed library at the Hampton Bays Public library and the Heritage Garden located at the St. Joseph Villa who's vegetables are donated to the local food pantries.