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Emily Simoness, a 7th generation Ryder, became involved with Ryder Farm upon recognizing that her own artistic community could both benefit from and contribute to the long-standing but aging family farm. In 2011, she co-founded SPACE with the two-fold mission of providing time and space for artists and innovators to develop new work, while contributing to the sustainability and resourceful preservation of Ryder Farm. With the help of an army of inspired artists, volunteers, friends and family, SPACE on Ryder Farm was born.

Since its founding, SPACE has helped to breathe new life into Ryder Farm through the thoughtful restoration and management of many of the farm’s historic buildings, while supporting the organic farming operation with residents’ give back time, sourcing for the communal meals prepared by its kitchen, and inviting both the local and New York City communities to the farm throughout the season for farm-to-table dinners and performance events.

At the end of the 2018 growing season, Betsey Ryder retired after 40 years of raising vegetables, flowers and herbs at Ryder Farm. SPACE took on the agricultural operations at Ryder Farm at the beginning of 2019, and is proud to follow in the footsteps of the Ryder Family members and indigenous farmers who have tended the land in years past. As stewards of the farm, SPACE will ensure the viability and continued growth of the creative residency programs, as well as the legacy and agricultural contribution of Ryder Farm for generations to come. A holistic model for reciprocity between the arts and agriculture, SPACE on Ryder Farm is a living testament to the power of craft and hard work

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