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Thursday, December 7 • 9:00am - 12:00pm
Farming with Empathy LIMITED

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This participatory workshop will help farmers gain a shared understanding of how empathy informs farming. Jean-Paul and Crystal will share personal accounts of cultivating deeper relationships to the people, plants, animals, and land that make up a farm. Kevin will explore the meaning of empathy, as well as how other emotions like stress affect our ability to access empathy when we need it most. The entire group will work together to explore how to cultivate a more compassionate environment for ourselves and all life on the farm. We will close with a discussion of farm-based compassion and empathy in the greater context of our society.

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Jean-Paul Courtens

Roxbury Farm
Jean-Paul Courtens, a native from the Netherlands, is co-owner of Roxbury Farm in Kinderhook, NY, an integrated 375 acre farm producing vegetables, beef, pork and lamb for an 1100 member CSA utilizing biodynamic principles and practices.  He is the Associate Director of Farmer Training at the Hudson Valley Farm Hub in Hurley NY, a 1200-acre mixed crop farm... Read More →
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Kevin Ochsner

Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychology at Columbia University
Kevin received his bachelor's degree summa cum laude in psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his Masters and Ph.D. in psychology from Harvard University. He has also received postdoctoral training in social psychology at Harvard (in lab of Daniel Gilbert... Read More →
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Crystal Stewart

Organic Vegetable Specialist, Cornell Cooperative Extension
Crystal has spent the last 11 years working for the Cornell Cooperative Extension, and is now an organic vegetable specialist with the Extension’s Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture program. In addition to conducting research on organic vegetable production, teaching, and off... Read More →

Thursday December 7, 2017 9:00am - 12:00pm EST
Kitchen Lab