The story of the American farmer is often more romantic than realistic. But Cheryl Rogowski is out to change all that. In a world of huge agribusiness and dwindling crop prices, this MacArthur Genius is determined to make her farm, and others like it, thrive.
Digging in the dark earth of Pine Island, New York, Rogowski helped transform her family’s onion farm into a cornucopia of crops. Rogowski has survived by diversifying her fields and growing new connections with others farmers. Her’s is a farming pedigree that goes back to the 1300s in Poland, so walking away from the farm for her has never been an option.
Cheryl Rogowski, owner of the W. Rogowski Farm in Pine Island, NY and winner of a MacArthur Genius Award.