Our Team

Rootstock

Rootstock Farm Fest Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that provides emergency funds for farmers in New York state suffering severe financial crises due to weather-related events. The annual Rootstock concert is our cornerstone fundraising event, featuring national and international touring musicians in a day-long celebration of the arts and agriculture. Our goal is to increase awareness of the challenges farmers face in the Northeast while raising funds for our emergency grant program.

board of directors

 

Sara milonovich, president

Co-founder and President of Rootstock, Sara is an award-winning singer/songwriter/fiddler/farm girl, who has spent the last 20 years touring throughout the US, Europe, and beyond, both as a solo artist and in collaboration with artists such as Pete Seeger (on his Grammy-winning album “At 89”), Richard Shindell, and Eliza Gilkyson, among others. In 2011 Sara toured Kosovo, Bulgaria, Moldova, and Turkey as part of The Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad, a cultural diplomatic program administered by Jazz At Lincoln Center and the US State Department. Growing up on a working farm in rural upstate New York, she began playing fiddle when she was four years old, and by nine was leading her own band (around the same time she learned to drive a tractor.) She was among the last generations to learn traditional music as it was passed down firsthand, from the grange halls and lumber camps of the North Country to the pubs of NYC. She currently tours with her band Daisycutter. Featuring a crack group of roots music veterans, they fuse a searing mix of indie roots-rock with an alt-country barbed wire edge into “a deft mix of literate folk and plenty of modern-day ass-kicking” (Chronogram).

 

Stacy dedring, vice president

Co-founder and Vice-President of Rootstock, Stacy is a farmer, trainer of young farmers, environmental lawyer, and former punk record label owner, tour manager, and bassist.

 

SUSAN PAYKIN, BOARD MEMBER

Susan Paykin is a farmer, educator and activist. Residing along the Hudson River in Beacon, NY, Susan believes in strengthening our local food system and policies to be catalysts for positive change. After apprenticing on several farms in New York and abroad, Susan managed Common Ground Farm, a non-profit community farm serving hunger relief organizations and education programs. She is currently a Fellow with the Good Work Institute and an adjunct lecturer on sustainable agriculture at Westchester Community College.

 

greg Anderson, Treasurer/production manager

 

wendy Milonovich, Secretary