Interview with Elizabeth Henderson – Author, Sharing the Harvest: A Citizen’s Guide to Community Supported Agriculture – 08.20.15

Elizabeth Henderson farmed at Peacework Farm in Wayne County, New York, producing organically grown vegetables for the fresh market for over 30 years. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York (NOFA-NY), co-chairs the Policy Committee, and represents the NOFA Interstate Council on the Board of the Agricultural Justice Project. For 20 years, from 1993 – 2013, she chaired the Agricultural Development Board in Wayne County and took an active role in creating the Farming and Farmland Protection Plan for the county. In 2001, the organic industry honored her with one of the first “Spirit of Organic awards, in 2007, Abundance Co-op honored her with the “Cooperating for Communities” award and in 2009 NOFA-NY honored her with a Lifetime Achievement Award and then a Golden Carrot in 2013. In 2014 Eco-Farm presented her with their “Advocate of Social Justice Award, the Justie.” Her writings on organic agriculture appear in The Natural Farmer and other publications, and she is the lead author of Sharing the Harvest: A Citizen’s Guide to Community Supported Agriculture (Chelsea Green, 2007). She also wrote A Food Book for a Sustainable Harvest for the members of Peacework Organic Community Supported Agriculture (aka GVOCSA) in its twenty seventh year in 2015.


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Raw Zucchini Noodles with Peanut Sauce


1 zucchini, spun into strands or shredded

1 carrot, spun or grated

1 green pepper

1/3 cup scallions

¼ cup chopped parsley

2 Tbs. chopped cilantro

½ cup roasted, unsalted or salted, peanuts




¼ cup peanut butter

½ t. chopped garlic

¼ cup water

1 Tbs. tamari

1 Tbs. Mirin

1 Tbs. dark sesame oil½ t. salt

1 t. hot sesame oil

1 Tbs. white wine vinegar



In large bowl, combine the zucchini, carrots, green pepper, scallions, parsley, and peanuts. Make the dressing by combining all of the ingredients in a mini Food Processor. Toss over vegetables and garnish with the cilantro.