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