Root to Rise!


July 29th- August 4th, 2019 at Potomac Vegetable Farms

Calling all young wom*n between the ages of 15-18 to apply here! (Rolling application)

***Donate to our scholarship fund through our Go Fund Me to make this program accessible to everyone***

Program Description:
Root to Rise is a one week leadership program for the next generation of  young wom*n leaders and change makers. It takes place at Potomac Vegetable Farms, a four decade old, women-owned and run farm.  
Over the course of the week we will farm and garden alongside one another, learning about the seeds, and roots of the plants we tend as well as the histories and legacies of the soil.  We weave together hands-on farming opportunities with deep, interactive discussions and activities that explore the socio-political complexities of our food system and its effect on people and the environment.  Together we learn about the roots and toxins of settler colonialism, race and racism, classism and environmental exploitation through the lens of our food system. We draw from the framework and certain social movement principles of agroecology especially pertaining to youth offering new and important roles in society, and women playing key roles in society as well as utilizing social, political and culture processes as tools for collective transformation.
By integrating expressive arts, movement, music, cooking, land-based crafts, and cultivating a deep sense of land connection through honing nature skills, we aim to empower young wom*n by re-awakening their connection to themselves, the earth and each other.
We believe that combining practical, hands-on skills with theoretical understanding of systems, the expressive arts and nature connection provides a powerful grounding force and base of confidence inspiration and vision for young wom*n to move through the world and affect change. We want to train young wom*n to be leaders in their communities, and to have the skills and embodied confidence to critically and creatively think about how to transform the world into a more just, equitable and healthy place. We do this through the food system as our lens, and our farm and surrounding woods as our place of practice.
We believe that rooting more deeply in our histories, our embodied awareness, and nature allows us to rise to our full potential and imagine creative solutions for the next generation.
*Definition of Wom*n: Inclusive of women, femmes, and any person whose gender identity is feminine-of-center
Accomodations: Youth will sleep in tent platforms with access to an outhouse as well as flush water toilets and running water.
When: 9:30am Monday July 29th – 12:00pm Monday August 4th, 2019
Where: Potomac Vegetable Farms WEST located at 38369 John Wolford Rd. Hillsboro, VA.
Cost: $600-$1400 sliding scale which includes all farm fresh meals.No one will be turned away for lack of funds! Contact us, we’ll make it work. The actual cost is $1000 per person. If you’re able able to pay above actual cost, you will enable amazing young leaders to participate.
Pay what you can!

Root to Rise Application here!

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Meet the Root to Rise Educators!:

Julia Metzger-Traber (she/hers) is a facilitator of imaginative, creative and healing processes for social transformation. She brings her backgrounds in performance, eco-somatics, and meditation into her political healing, education and strategic visioning work with communities and organizations. In 2015, she completed her Masters in Peace and Conflict Transformation and had her thesis on her facilitation philosophy published internationally as a book in June, 2018. She has worked in public health, community organizing and international peace, on the streets, in nonprofits and through the academy. These days she works mostly domestically with farmers, land-based communities, racial justice and food justice organizations. Since 2017 she has lived at Potomac Vegetable Farms, in Virginia, where, in addition to her external facilitation, she is farming, teaching, organizing and co-creating a center for healing justice and spiritual ecology. She is currently training with Generative Somatics and believes that communities, like bodies, hold the wisdom needed for their own healing and transformation, if attended to with curiosity, compassion and awareness.



Richael Faithful (Rish-elle, they/them pronouns) is a folk healing artist from the African diaspora tradition of the U.S. South, called conjure. Faithful supports spirit-work for and with land, nature, and meaning of place through ritual, storytelling, and other majik. In their role as a community lawyer, Faithful helps land sovereignty efforts for Indigenous and Black especially within food and land justice movements. Faithful, who was raised in Centreville, VA, and whose maternal line is from Texas/Alabama/Georgia, is excited to share about ancestral land healing with young people in this region.




Sophia Maravell (She/hers) grew up on a seed saving organic farm in Montgomery County, MD. After attending the farm school for organic vegetable production and animals husbandry, she co-founded Brickyard Educational Farm and received her MA in Education focusing on land-based communities. She managed high school farm-based summer camp programs at Hawthorne Valley Farm where she worked as a farm-based educator and now works as a community educator and farm worker at Potomac Vegetable Farms in Virginia. Sophia is committed to generational healing through connecting to grief, land and our collective histories. She is excited to bring her knowledge of plants, growing food, land-based crafts, cooking, song and building skills to this summer’s Root to Rise!


Katie Petit (Bio coming soon!)