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 in Hampton Bays.
At Sweet Woodland Farm she grows organic produce in addition to raising chickens, angora rabbits and sheep. Her educational background in horticulture has been strengthened by professional work as an estate gardener, in wholesale plant nursery management and her years spent as an organic gardener.
For the past decade, she has been providing education in homesteading skills such as knitting, gardening, home canning and animal husbandry as well as designing and maintaining privately owned organic gardens in the Hamptons.
In addition, she currently serves as the 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 where folks can take organic, heirloom variety seeds to plant in their gardens.