Raina grew up in the hustle and bustle of New York City where she learned to appreciate small pieces of land tended by neighbors. She grew vegetables and herbs at her local community garden and taught at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Children's Garden. This led her to SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, New York where she earned a B.S. in Environmental Biology. Her main interests were plant biology, mycology, and entomology. She likes to think of herself as an ecologist, keeping her eyes open to the interconnectedness of the systems around us. Raina has been farming with Pennypack since 2008 . and now leads educational programing on the farm. She lives in Mt. Airy (Philadelphia) with her husband, Zach, and several other young farmers.