Wild Work Farm grows vegetables and fruit in the High Peaks region of the Adirondacks. Located on a family farm in Keene Valley, Wild Work produces exceptional products for sale at farmers’ markets, through a market share program, and to restaurants and wholesale accounts.
Wild Work is working towards a different way of doing business in rural upstate New York. We have our gaze set towards social, environmental and economic sustainability by providing low-barrier employment opportunities, stewarding farmland in the U.S.’s largest state park, and producing healthy food for the community.
Wild Work Farm aims to build resilient, healthy rural economies bolstered by agricultural networks, a strong sense of environmental responsibility, and meaningful job creation.
Who We Are
Lissa started her farming career at age 14, working for her cousin Rob at their family’s farm, Rivermede, in Keene Valley. After five summers there, she went off to college in New Hampshire and spent time around the U.S. and abroad working on farms and with farmers. Most recently, Lissa managed Sole Food Street Farms, an agricultural social enterprise in Vancouver, British Columbia. She and Steve decided to move to the Adirondacks in 2017 to continue the family tradition of producing food at Rivermede. Lissa runs the farming operation at Wild Work, staying focused on the present tasks while trying to imagine what the future could look like.
Steve is a third-generation Albertan carpenter and has been building houses as long as he can remember. Steve worked across western Canada on various projects ranging from new home builds, to passive house construction and renovations, to large commercial construction. Steve’s interest in using food as outreach developed while working the Boyle Street Shelter one winter in Edmonton where he found that good food can reduce conflict and build bridges. Steve is in charge of special projects at Wild Work Farm, managing construction projects and building infrastructure, and is a supportive presence in every aspect of the operation - all while working full-time off the farm!