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Wednesday, December 6
 

9:00am

Registration, Coffee, Opening Remarks
Registration and coffee 9:00 - 10:15am
Opening remarks 10:15 - 10:45am

Wednesday December 6, 2017 9:00am - 10:45am
Hayloft

11:00am

Agroequity: Defining a New Equity Framework in Food and Agriculture
Limited Capacity full

Given the lasting legacy of slavery and colonialism in relation to our agricultural and food systems, we seek to build upon agroecology’s holistic framework, but with an explicit focus on equity. Stone Barns Exchange Fellows are working together to define the term “agroequity,” as a means of tying together the principles of agroecology, food justice and intersectionality. These principles would put forth not just a term, but an approach to connecting movements and building coalitions across social change efforts, as they relate to vulnerable and under-resourced populations. This workshop will present the fellows' ideas on shaping “agroequity” and will engage participants in identifying existing frames, important concepts for inclusion, as well as next steps for sharing and building upon this framework within the larger food movement.

Presenters
avatar for Yana Gilbuena

Yana Gilbuena

Chef, Salo
Yana Gilbuena is a 2017 Stone Barns Exchange Fellow. Yana, a Filipino-born, critically acclaimed global nomadic chef, started Salo Series to share with the world the vibrant food culture of the Philippines. The Salo Series hosts Filipino Kamayan dinners, in which food is served on communal tables decked with banana leaves, and guests are asked to eat with their hands. In her American tour, Yana hosted pop-up dinners in 50 states in 50 weeks, as well as across Canada, Mexico and Colombia. She has also been featured in major publications such... Read More →
avatar for Hannah Koski

Hannah Koski

Consultant, Regional Food Systems
Hannah Koski is a 2017 Stone Barns Exchange Fellow. Hannah has more than ten years of experience in agricultural and food systems work, beginning with management of more than 200 acres of diversified farmland across the Northeast and volunteer work on farms throughout Europe, West Africa, and Haiti. | After obtaining her... Read More →
avatar for Margiana Peterson-Rockney

Margiana Peterson-Rockney

Farmer/Doctoral Student, UC Berkeley
Margiana Petersen-Rockney is a 2017 Stone Barns Exchange Fellow. She grew up on a goat dairy farm in Massachusetts. While still in college, Margiana ran a five-acre diversified vegetable and livestock CSA and founded the Young Farmer Network, a community group for new farmers to share management practices and build social capital. After four years farming full time, she scaled back to one acre of garlic production and relocated to Boston. At the New Entry Sustainable Farming Project and the Boston Farming Institute, Margiana worked with low-income immigrant and refugee farmers on issues of land access and farm planning. She also directed the Food Literacy Project at Harvard, a fellowship program for students to learn about and engage with the food system. Currently, as a Ph.D. student in... Read More →
avatar for Shakirah Simley

Shakirah Simley

Co-Founder, Nourish|Resist
Shakirah Simley is a 2017 Stone Barns Exchange Fellow. Shakirah Simley was raised in Harlem, N.Y., where her limited access to fresh, healthy and affordable food was always a challenge. As a young black woman hungry for change, she decided to dedicate her professional career and civic duties to change the future of food by uplifting vulnerable communities and youth. She is an activist, food policy advocate and good food entrepreneur. Shakirah earned her undergraduate degree in cultural anthropology and urban studies from the University of Pennsylvania, and a... Read More →


Wednesday December 6, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
PDR

11:00am

An Introduction to Indigenous Resurgence Through Foodways
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop will explore the topic of Indigenous Agriculture and themes of public health through native cooking demonstrations by Nephi Craig, a White Mountan Apache/Navajo Executive Chef of Café Gozhóó on the White Mountain Apache Tribe in Whiteriver, Arizona, founder of the Native American Culinary Association and Nutritional Recovery Program Coordinator at the Rainbow Treatment Center.

Presenters
avatar for Nephi Craig

Nephi Craig

Program Coordinator/Founder/Executive Chef, Rainbow Treatment Center/Native American Culinary Association/Cafe Gozhoo
Professional Culinary Arts. Indigenous Foods & Agriculture. Heirloom Seed Saving. Social Recovery. Behavioral/Mental Health. Nutrition. Indigenous History. Decolonization. Indigenous Resurgence. Family Culinary Capacity Building. Native American Cuisine. | I live and work in our... Read More →


Wednesday December 6, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
Kitchen Lab

11:00am

Crop Rotation
Limited Capacity seats available

This practical intermediate to advanced workshop is meant to improve the quality, timing, and performance of crops and cover crops. We will cover several strategies for developing crop rotation systems in a variety of diverse farming operations, as well as discuss the role of crop rotation as it relates to resilient agricultural principles and how it positively impacts soil and plant health.

Presenters
avatar for Jack Algiere

Jack Algiere

Farm Director, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
Jack Algiere is farm director at Stone Barns Center. Jack graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a degree in horticulture and has been actively farming since the early 1990s. His lifetime of experience in organic, biodynamic and ecological systems brings a broad diversity of experience in greenhouses, orchards, fields and... Read More →


Wednesday December 6, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
West Haybarn

11:00am

How Chefs and Farmers Can Sow the Seeds of Community
Limited Capacity seats available

The Heirloom Harvest Project's mission is to promote regional heritage foods; agricultural diversity; and the connections among farmers, chefs, and consumers in the community of Portsmouth, NH. In a decade, Heirloom Harvest Project united a community of chefs, farmers and consumers to secure biodiverse heritage foodways and ingredients. Join chef Evan Mallett for a discussion on community building through farmer-chef connections.

Presenters
avatar for Evan Mallett

Evan Mallett

Chef-Owner, Black Trumpet, Heirloom Harvest Project, Ondine Oyster
Evan Mallett is the chef-owner of Black Trumpet located in the historic seacoast city of Portsmouth, NH. In 2017 he opened a new restaurant, Ondine Oyster + Wine Bar, in Belfast, ME. Mallett is a four-time James Beard semi-finalist for Best Chef, Northeast. He is actively involved and sits on the boards of Chef's Collaborative, Slow Food Seacoast, and the Heirloom Harvest Project, an initiative that brings together farmers, chefs, and educators to identify and restore a food system native to the greater New England Seacoast region. He is the author of the cookbook Black Trumpet: A... Read More →


Wednesday December 6, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
Main Dining Room

11:00am

Marketing Cut Flowers
Limited Capacity seats available

Join three experienced flower growers and a wedding/events planner as they describe the creative ways they are marketing cut flowers off of the farm and generating a high end market for flower use.  Angela DeFelice of Rock Steady Farm and Flowers, Jenny Elliot of Tiny Hearts Farm and Shannon Algiere of Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture will pool their resources together to offer insight into generating income with flower stems as a sole production crop or from within a diversified farm operation.  Estelle Silberman, Event Manager at Stone Barns Center, will also join the conversation offering words of wisdom from her long time involvement in the flower industry. Each panel member comes from a unique farm and industry background and will therefore be covering a wide spectrum of options for making the most of your flower crop. The discussion will include wholesale, retail, CSA, events, weddings and value-added components. 


Presenters
avatar for Shannon Algiere

Shannon Algiere

Farmer Educator, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
Shannon Algiere is farmer educator at Stone Barns Center. She was introduced to an agrarian lifestyle as a young girl, frolicking in strawberry fields and peach orchards and showing goats and rabbits at local fairs. While studying at the University of Rhode Island, Shannon worked... Read More →
avatar for Angela DeFelice

Angela DeFelice

Flower Grower and Owner, Rock Steady Farm & Flowers
Angela DeFelice has 10 years of experience growing vegetables and cut flowers on small farms, mostly in the Hudson Valley. She is inspired to build community through farming, to increase food access in her local community, and develop sustainable business models for small farms and their... Read More →
avatar for Jenny Elliot

Jenny Elliot

Farmer and Florist, Tiny Hearts Farm
Jenny Elliot is the founder, farmer and florist at Tiny Hearts Farm.

Stone Barns Staff
avatar for Estelle Silberman

Estelle Silberman

Event Manager, Stone Barns Center
Estelle Silberman is events manager at Stone Barns Center. Growing up in her parents’ flower shop in Brooklyn, Estelle was imbued with a passion for color, art and growing things. After graduating from Hunter College, traveling the world and working as a freelance florist and photo stylist, Estelle joined Blue Hill at Stone Barns as an event and wedding planner. Estelle now coordinates Stone Barns... Read More →

Wednesday December 6, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
PC I

11:00am

Mimicking Nature: Integrating Livestock into Perennial and Annual Cropping Systems
Limited Capacity seats available

Integrating livestock into cropping practices can foster profound benefits to soil health, crop quality, ease (and enjoyment) of farming, biodiversity and profitability. This practice enables the farm to more effectively mimic nature by enhancing ecosystem processes like water and mineral cycles. Additionally, substantial reductions in off-site fertility, farm labor, tractor use and fossil fuel consumption are the norm in farms that intelligently integrate livestock into their cropping practices. This presentation will give particular attention to the role of holistic design in creating successful farming practices. Questions and discussions will be encouraged during this session.

Specific topics will include:

  • Designing new and modifying existing farming systems for livestock integration
  • Grazing management in cropping systems
  • Food safety issues
  • Livestock species, class and variety considerations
  • Examples of specific practices: vegetable crops, vineyards, orchards and grains
  • Cropping/livestock planning
This workshop will be streamed live on www.facebook.com/stonebarns/

Presenters
avatar for Kelly Mulville

Kelly Mulville

Paicines Ranch
The focus of Kelly’s work is to create agricultural systems that restore ecological health to landscapes and reconnect humans to the natural world.  Integrating livestock into perennial and annual cropping systems in order to better mimic nature has been the basis for his design and management practices. Kelly manages... Read More →


Wednesday December 6, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
East Haybarn

11:00am

On Water and Agriculture
Limited Capacity seats available

Farmers who rely on irrigation face a troubling conundrum in the 21st century: they cannot produce their crops without water extracted from rivers and aquifers, and their cumulative use of water is depleting those water sources, placing them in competition with cities and other users. In this workshop, we’ll explore the history of irrigation, water governance and rights, as well as explain why water scarcity has emerged as one of the greatest societal challenges of our time. The majority of the workshop will focus on solutions, and the role that farmers can play in implementing them. We’ll talk about what ‘sustainability’ means for water use, and explore opportunities for beginning farmers to work with other farmers, urban leaders, conservation organizations and investors to improve the water efficiency of their farms, earn supplemental revenues by ‘growing water’ and assure their water security in a dynamically changing world. 

Presenters
avatar for Brian Richter

Brian Richter

President, Sustainable Waters
How to use water in the most profitable and ecologically sustainable manner possible


Wednesday December 6, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
Library

11:00am

Regenerative Agriculture & Decision Making
Limited Capacity seats available

Decisions are the heart of agriculture. A farm enterprise’s success depends on the small and large decisions made every day. There are many beneficial results that come from refining one's decision making process: to the farmer, the farm and the food system as a whole. In this participatory workshop, you will explore three major types of decisions (strategic, tactical and technical) and four levels of agriculture, from extractive to regenerative. You will have the opportunity to review your current decision making process and upgrade it by practicing with real decisions facing you and your farm. This workshop is for anyone engaged with an agricultural enterprise that wants to: 1) increase profits; 2) make decisions confidently; and 3) achieve long-term goals.


Presenters
avatar for Ethan Roland Soloviev

Ethan Roland Soloviev

Farmer, HowGood & High Falls Farm
Ethan Roland Soloviev is the VP of Research at HowGood, Inc and farmer at High Falls Farm. He and his family farm a diversified 32 acres in New York, producing apples, sheep, mushrooms, eggs, and specialty crops. Ethan is the author of Regenerative Agriculture Redefined and the Levels of Regenerative... Read More →


Wednesday December 6, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
PC II

11:00am

Stone Barns Center Tour
Limited Capacity seats available

Join us for a behind-the-scenes view of Stone Barns Center. We’ll explore the farm while discussing our diverse work to build a healthy and sustainable food system.

Stone Barns Staff
DB

Daniel Bartush

Daniel Bartush is greenhouse fellow at Stone Barns Center. Prior to this position, he worked at Blue Hill at Stone Barns for almost five years as a line cook, sous chef and most recently as market forager. Growing up in a small town in Texas, Daniel spent almost all of his time outdoors on his... Read More →

Wednesday December 6, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
Courtyard

11:00am

wast(ED) on the Farm and in the Kitchen
Limited Capacity filling up

wastED's menu takes root in the overlooked byproducts of our food system, drawing ingredients from Blue Hill's community of farmers, fishermen, distributors, processors, plant breeders, producers and retailers. Blue Hill Culinary Director Adam Kaye, Blue Hill Market Forager Andrew Luzmore and Stone Barns Center's Field Manager Jason Grauer will demonstrate "classic" wastED dishes and highlight the economic benefits of featuring underappreciated and underutilized ingredients in the kitchen.

Presenters
avatar for Jason Grauer

Jason Grauer

Crop Production and Farm Consulting Manager, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
Jason Grauer is crop production manager at Stone Barns Center. With a degree in economics from Tufts University, Jason spent the early part of his career in the financial industry. A year spent volunteering at Stone Barns confirmed his desire to farm full time, and he spent two seasons as one of our apprentices. Jason then developed a rooftop greenhouse for Eli... Read More →
avatar for Adam Kaye

Adam Kaye

Chef, Kitchen Director, Blue Hill at Stone Barns
Adam Kaye joined Blue Hill in October 2000, initially as the meat cook, and eventually worked his way up to Chef/Kitchen Director. Adam has cooked professionally for the past nine years, moving through the kitchens of Vidalia in Washington, DC; La Panetiere in Rye, NY, and Chanta... Read More →
avatar for Andrew Luzmore

Andrew Luzmore

Market Forager, Blue Hill at Stone Barns
Andrew Luzmore is the Market Forager at Blue Hill at Stone Barns.


Wednesday December 6, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
Meet in Silo Lobby

12:45pm

Lunch and Lunchtime Talk: What is Agroecology?
Topic: What is Agroecology? 
Panel: Ernesto Mendez, Karen Washington and Jack Algiere
Moderator: Ricardo Salvador

This talk will be streamed live on www.facebook.com/stonebarns/

Moderators
avatar for Ricardo Salvador

Ricardo Salvador

Senior Scientist, Union of Concerned Scientists
Ricardo Salvador is the senior scientist and director of the Food and Environment Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. He is internationally recognized and respected for his dedication to advocating and working for a food system that is healthier and more just. Prior to joining UCS, Salvador was a program officer for food, health and wellbeing at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and... Read More →

Presenters
avatar for Jack Algiere

Jack Algiere

Farm Director, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
Jack Algiere is farm director at Stone Barns Center. Jack graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a degree in horticulture and has been actively farming since the early 1990s. His lifetime of experience in organic, biodynamic and ecological systems brings a broad diversity of experience in greenhouses, orchards, fields and... Read More →
avatar for Ernesto Mendez

Ernesto Mendez

Professor, University of Vermont
V. Ernesto Méndez is Professor of Agroecology at the University of Vermont’s Environmental Program and Department of Plant and Soil Science, where he leads the Agroecology and Livelihoods Collaborative (ALC). His research and teaching focus on agroecology, agrifood systems, participatory action research (PAR), and transdisciplinary research... Read More →
avatar for Karen Washington

Karen Washington

Farmer, Rise & Root Farm
Karen is Co-owner/Farmer at Rise & Root Farm. In 2010 she co-founded Black Urban Growers (BUGS), an organization supporting growers in both urban and rural settings. In 2012, Ebony magazine voted her one of their 100 most influential African Americans in the country and in 2014 s... Read More →


Wednesday December 6, 2017 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Hayloft

2:00pm

Climate Change Mitigation: Moving Forward
Limited Capacity filling up

Agriculture accounts for roughly a fifth of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions when considering the full life cycle of production, including agriculture’s role in deforestation. Mitigation techniques such as improving the efficiency of lower-emission production systems, adopting carbon sequestration practices, and changing consumption patterns will be explored in this workshop. Learn the basics of carbon sequestration, how it can greatly reduce GHG emissions, and the opportunities for farmers to integrate these practices into their work. Join Ricardo Salvador and Marcia DeLonge of the Union for Concerned Scientists as they explain what a national agriculture vision looks like for farmers who want to participate in this work. 

Presenters
avatar for Marcia DeLonge

Marcia DeLonge

Senior Scientist, Union of Concerned Scientists
Marcia DeLonge is a senior scientist in the Food & Environment Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). Dr. DeLonge conducts scientific research and analyses identifying practices that lead to healthy, sustainable food and farming systems. Her work seeks viable opportu... Read More →
avatar for Ricardo Salvador

Ricardo Salvador

Senior Scientist, Union of Concerned Scientists
Ricardo Salvador is the senior scientist and director of the Food and Environment Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. He is internationally recognized and respected for his dedication to advocating and working for a food system that is healthier and more just. Prior to joining UCS, Salvador was a program officer for food, health and wellbeing at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and... Read More →


Wednesday December 6, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm
PC I

2:00pm

Edible Landscapes Tour
Limited Capacity full

Join Laura Perkins, Stone Barns Center's formal gardens and landscape manager, on a walk around the farm for a plant identification and foraging experience. Among the many plants you will discover are Hazelnut, Sugar Maple, Pawpaw, Spicebush, Shagbark and Sweet Birch. Learn about the ecological roles these plants play on the farm, how we market them in the store and how Blue Hill chefs use them in syrups, infusions, teas, tinctures and more.

Presenters
avatar for Laura Perkins

Laura Perkins

Gardens and Landscape Manager, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
Laura Perkins is formal gardens and landscape manager at Stone Barns Center. She spent much of her childhood on a family homestead in the Catskills, where she grew to love farm work and life. Early in her career she moved to a farm-focused community in California, working on farms, at the local... Read More →


Wednesday December 6, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Courtyard

2:00pm

Farm Bill Politics for Young Farmers
Limited Capacity seats available

While we gather for the 2017 Young Farmers Conference, our Members of Congress will be writing the next Farm Bill. The stakes for young farmers are extremely high. Whether you face the challenge of accessing affordable land, finding capital to start and grow your farm or reaching consumers and new markets, the Farm Bill impacts farmers in a wide variety of ways. In this workshop, staff from the National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC) will break down the specific debates in Washington that impact young farmers, discuss how they relate to your farm and share ways to ensure that farmers' needs are represented in the Farm Bill. We'll also discuss other federal policies critical to young farmers, including healthcare, food safety and student loans, as well as share the results of NYFC's 2017 National Young Farmer Survey.

Presenters
avatar for Sophie Ackoff

Sophie Ackoff

National Field Director, National Young Farmers Coalition
Sophie Ackoff is National Field Director of the National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC). Sophie directs the grassroots side of NYFC’s campaigns, mobilizing young farmers across the country to make their voices heard in the federal policy process. She has helped farmers in 37 re... Read More →
avatar for Andrew Bahrenburg

Andrew Bahrenburg

National Policy Director, National Young Farmers Coalition
Andrew Bahrenburg is the National Policy Director for the National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC), where he leads NYFC's federal policy work in Washington, D.C. He has previously worked for the UVM Farmer Training Program, Rural Vermont, and the U.S. House of Representatives... Read More →


Wednesday December 6, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm
PC II

2:00pm

Farmers Cultivating Restaurant Relationships
Limited Capacity seats available

Communication and flexibility are paramount to developing and maintaining a good restaurant - farm relationship. The creativity born from this has the ability to enhance excellent product quality for restaurants while promoting principles of good soil health and financial viability on farms. Come listen to how the restaurant forager from Blue Hill and farmers from both Stone Barns Center and Alewife Farm collaborate to manage this crucial relationship. This is a must see for beginning farmers looking to sell to farm-to-table restaurants. Moderated by Stone Barns Center's Sara Elliott.

This workshop will be streamed live on www.facebook.com/stonebarns/

Presenters
avatar for Tyler Dennis

Tyler Dennis

Farmer and Owner, Alewife Farm
avatar for Sara Elliott

Sara Elliott

Director of Programs, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
Sara Elliott is director of programs at Stone Barns Center. Her passion for helping create a more sustainable food system grew from her career in conservation and sustainable design. For eight years, Sara worked for The Nature Conservancy as the director of signature programs, where she created a national traveling exhibition on sustainable natural materials and launched the... Read More →
avatar for Jason Grauer

Jason Grauer

Crop Production and Farm Consulting Manager, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
Jason Grauer is crop production manager at Stone Barns Center. With a degree in economics from Tufts University, Jason spent the early part of his career in the financial industry. A year spent volunteering at Stone Barns confirmed his desire to farm full time, and he spent two seasons as one of our apprentices. Jason then developed a rooftop greenhouse for Eli... Read More →
avatar for Andrew Luzmore

Andrew Luzmore

Market Forager, Blue Hill at Stone Barns
Andrew Luzmore is the Market Forager at Blue Hill at Stone Barns.


Wednesday December 6, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm
East Haybarn

2:00pm

Food Waste Cycles at Stone Barns Center
Limited Capacity seats available

With the goal of conserving resources on the property, Stone Barns Center and Blue Hill at Stone Barns work together to design and improve their food waste system. In this workshop, you will have the opportunity to tour this system's waste cycle. You will see it from start to finish: kitchen food scrap organization, waste-fed pigs and cooking with heat generated from a forced-air compost bin. 

Presenters
avatar for Shane Hardy

Shane Hardy

Grounds and Compost Manager, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
Shane Hardy is farm technician and compost manager at Stone Barns Center. He grew up across the river in Nyack, N.Y., and has worked on farms in New York's Finger Lakes region, Orange County and Rockland County. He is thrilled to be working here at home in the southern Hudson Val... Read More →


Wednesday December 6, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm
PDR

2:00pm

Livestock Production
Limited Capacity seats available

In this session, three farmers will delve into the nuances of livestock production, discussing grassfed grazing, animal health, quality and nutrition of product, husbandry, financial return and quality of life for the farmer. Ridge Shinn runs a grassfed beef production in Massachussetts, co-founded Hardwick Beef, and develops markets and distribution systems for 100% grass-fed beef throughout the northeast. Erica Frenay owns and operates Shelterbelt Farm, an integrated livestock and perennials farm near Ithaca, NY and is the livestock specialist for the Cornell Small Farms Program. Kelly Mulville manages Paicines Ranch in California and runs an agricultural design service. 


Presenters
avatar for Big Picture Beef

Big Picture Beef

Big Picture Beef aims to establish a model for producing 100% grass-fed beef  that will revive the Northeast rural economy.Our goal is not only to produce local, delicious, healthy beef, but also to rejuvenate farmland and return a fair price to farmers.  We plan to expand the market opportunity for our Northeast partner farms and significantly increase the number of 100% grass-fed beef produced and sold in the... Read More →
avatar for Erica Frenay

Erica Frenay

Program Manager, Shelterbelt Farm / Cornell Small Farms Program
Erica Frenay owns and operates Shelterbelt Farm, an integrated livestock and perennials farm she and her husband Craig started from scratch on 25 overgrown acres near Ithaca, NY, inspired by Erica's training in Holistic Management and planned grazing. Shelterbelt has been growing... Read More →
avatar for Kelly Mulville

Kelly Mulville

Paicines Ranch
The focus of Kelly’s work is to create agricultural systems that restore ecological health to landscapes and reconnect humans to the natural world.  Integrating livestock into perennial and annual cropping systems in order to better mimic nature has been the basis for his design and management practices. Kelly manages... Read More →


Wednesday December 6, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Kitchen Lab

2:00pm

Refining Your Farm Vision
Limited Capacity seats available

This hands-on session will help you get "out of your head" and articulate a creative plan for your new farm or expanding operation. In this workshop, discussion, art and co-mentoring will be combined to help you spell out your vision. 

Presenters
avatar for Erika Allen

Erika Allen

Urban Growers Collective, Green Era Educational NFP
Erika Allen is Chicago and National Director for Growing Power and is headquartered in Chicago, IL. As the daughter of Will Allen, she has a small farm agricultural background and experience. She spent her formative years involved in all aspects of farm management from transplanting seedlings to managing farm stands and... Read More →


Wednesday December 6, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm
West Haybarn

2:00pm

Stone Barns Center Tour
Limited Capacity seats available

Join us for a behind-the-scenes view of Stone Barns Center. We’ll explore the farm while discussing our diverse work to build a healthy and sustainable food system.

Stone Barns Staff
avatar for Kiera Foti

Kiera Foti

Kiera Foti is program coordinator at Stone Barns Center. Growing up in Rockland County with both parents as chefs, she inherited an obsession with food as well as a curiosity and concern for where her food comes from. In 2012, she interned at Stone Barns in public programs before... Read More →

Wednesday December 6, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Courtyard

2:00pm

Wise Words From Well Seasoned Farmers
Limited Capacity full

Join us for a session filled with wisdom from pioneering farmers and activists Karen Washington, Amigo Bob Cantisano and Fred Kirschenmann. This session of guidance and reminiscence from three well-seasoned farmers is sure to inspire and energize. A crowd favorite from the EcoFarm Conference makes its debut on the East Coast.
Moderated by Stone Barns Center's Martha Hodgkins.

Presenters
avatar for Amigo Bob Cantisano

Amigo Bob Cantisano

Organic Farming Advisor and Farmer
Amigo Bob Cantisano has farmed a wide range of small- to medium-acreage organic crops in California since 1975. He founded California’s first organic farm supply, first organic farm–advising service, and first organic farming conference, among numerous other agricultural accompli... Read More →
avatar for Martha Hodgkins

Martha Hodgkins

Communications Director, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
Martha Hodgkins is communications director at Stone Barns Center. Her commitment to sustainable agriculture grew out of her work in conservation and a deep respect for wildlands and the natural world. At The Nature Conservancy, she held positions as magazine editor, communications manager and staff writer. She also served as director of communications at the Forest Stewardship Council-US, and has worked on communications and fundraising projects for The Wilderness Society, Island Conservation and World Wildlife Fund. Previously... Read More →
avatar for Fred Kirschenmann

Fred Kirschenmann

Distinguished Fellow / President of the Board, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture/Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
Born on a North Dakota farm during the Great Depression and in the grips of the worst drought in U.S. history, Fred Kirschenmann has spent most of his life working to change how we farm, as well as our relationship to the land. For more than four decades, Fred has been a champion of agricultural resilience, an articulate advocate for soil health and a pioneer of organic farming. His work has helped transform what was once obscure and marginal... Read More →
avatar for Karen Washington

Karen Washington

Farmer, Rise & Root Farm
Karen is Co-owner/Farmer at Rise & Root Farm. In 2010 she co-founded Black Urban Growers (BUGS), an organization supporting growers in both urban and rural settings. In 2012, Ebony magazine voted her one of their 100 most influential African Americans in the country and in 2014 s... Read More →


Wednesday December 6, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Greenhouse

3:45pm

Livestock Roundtable: Paicines Ranch
Learn from experienced livestock farmers during roundtable discussions with small groups of beginning farmers. Conversations will revolve around the histories and lessons learned from farmers who have successfully achieved, or are on track to achieve, their goals of economic viability and ecological resilience. Questions and free-flowing dialogue among table groups are highly encouraged. 

Presenters
avatar for Kelly Mulville

Kelly Mulville

Paicines Ranch
The focus of Kelly’s work is to create agricultural systems that restore ecological health to landscapes and reconnect humans to the natural world.  Integrating livestock into perennial and annual cropping systems in order to better mimic nature has been the basis for his design and management practices. Kelly manages... Read More →


Wednesday December 6, 2017 3:45pm - 5:15pm
Kitchen Lab

3:45pm

Balancing a Landscape: Honeybee Health and Plant Diversity
Limited Capacity seats available

How can honeybees and other pollinators fit into a farm system, and what challenges do they face? A three-way discussion between Stone Barns Beekeeper Maggie Schwed, Landscape Manager Laura Perkins and Farm Director Jack Algiere will explore factors that contribute to honeybee health, and why honeybees matter. This discussion will explore an agroecological approach to managing honeybee forage along forest and field edges, while taking into consideration cost, time and seasonal honeybee needs. Topics will include invasive species and plant selection for forage quality, as well as nutrition and immunity.

Presenters
avatar for Jack Algiere

Jack Algiere

Farm Director, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
Jack Algiere is farm director at Stone Barns Center. Jack graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a degree in horticulture and has been actively farming since the early 1990s. His lifetime of experience in organic, biodynamic and ecological systems brings a broad diversity of experience in greenhouses, orchards, fields and... Read More →
avatar for Laura Perkins

Laura Perkins

Gardens and Landscape Manager, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
Laura Perkins is formal gardens and landscape manager at Stone Barns Center. She spent much of her childhood on a family homestead in the Catskills, where she grew to love farm work and life. Early in her career she moved to a farm-focused community in California, working on farms, at the local... Read More →
avatar for Maggie Schwed

Maggie Schwed

Beekeeper/Livestock Asst, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
Maggie Schwed is livestock assistant and beekeeper at Stone Barns Center. She first came to Stone Barns in 2007 and volunteered for two years, first in the fields and greenhouse and then with livestock, before joining the staff. Her previous farm experience includes a season at Bobolink Dairy, an organic cheese-making farm. She has a... Read More →


Wednesday December 6, 2017 3:45pm - 5:15pm
West Haybarn

3:45pm

Farm Driven Beverages
Limited Capacity filling up

Join Blue Hill at Stone Barns Bartender Anya Montague and Stone Barns Center Farmer Educator Shannon Algiere for an exploration of farm-driven cocktails. Just as we look to the season and region to inform our cuisine, so too can we look at our harvests to create unique and expressive cocktails.

Presenters
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Shannon Algiere

Farmer Educator, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
Shannon Algiere is farmer educator at Stone Barns Center. She was introduced to an agrarian lifestyle as a young girl, frolicking in strawberry fields and peach orchards and showing goats and rabbits at local fairs. While studying at the University of Rhode Island, Shannon worked... Read More →
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Anya Montague

Bar Manager, Blue Hill at Stone Barns
Anya Montague is the Bar Manager at Blue Hill at Stone Barns.


Wednesday December 6, 2017 3:45pm - 5:15pm
Bar

3:45pm

Farmers in Local Politics
Limited Capacity full

Founder and executive director of food access organization Growing Hope since 2003, Amanda Edmonds has also served as Mayor of the City of Ypsilanti, Michigan since 2014.  Having worked to advocate for sustainable food system policies at local, regional, and state levels, and now with her combined experience as a local policy-maker, she understands policy development from multiple perspectives.  As an advocate for local food system policy through Growing Hope, a gubernatorial appointee to the (now defunct) Michigan Food Policy Council, and a founding member of the Washtenaw Food Policy Council, Edmonds loves helping to translate the change we wish to see into a policy priority.  She will share examples from her own experience and how farmers can and need to help shape the policies that affect the food system.

Presenters
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Amanda Maria Edmonds

Mayor - City of Ypsilanti: Founding Executive Director of Growing Hope, Growing Hope
Amanda Maria Edmonds is the founding executive director of Growing Hope, a 15-year-old nonprofit dedicated to helping people grow and access healthy food.  Since 2014, she has also served as the Mayor of the City of Ypsilanti, Michigan. Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, she co-founded a nonprofit called Snail while in high school, and served on her school board at age... Read More →


Wednesday December 6, 2017 3:45pm - 5:15pm
Library

3:45pm

Food as Medicine: Reclaiming Cultural Traditions
Limited Capacity full

The local food movement has benefited from divesting from the industrial food system, which exploits our human and ecological capital. This workshop intends to identify and discuss essential unanswered questions vital to the progress of the local food movement. "Food as Medicine" aims to envision how food can nourish us emotionally, intellectually and spiritually. How can we reclaim our sense of tradition, culture and ancestry in order to heal ourselves? Participants will be encouraged to prioritize marginalized voices in the movement, while navigating the history of the displacement of Native peoples, to visualize a more just future centered upon healing.


Presenters
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Shane Bernardo

Facilitator/Fellow/Founding Member, Uprooting Racism Planting Justice/Detroit Equity Action Lab/Swimming in the Detroit River
Shane Bernardo is a 2017 Stone Barns Exchange Fellow.  Shane grew up working in his family’s grocery store on the west side of Detroit. For more than 13 years, Shane’s family helped cultivate a nourishing environment for the community’s Southeast Asian, West African and Afro-Cari... Read More →


Wednesday December 6, 2017 3:45pm - 5:15pm
PC I

3:45pm

Government Programs for Small Farmers: Loans, Grants, and Cost-Sharing
Limited Capacity filling up

Trying to buy or rent land? Need a high tunnel? Interested in adopting a soil-conserving crop rotation or processing your crops into value-added products? There's government money for that. Beginning farmers and their advocates have fought for decades to develop government-funded programs that can help you launch your career in farming. Even as these programs have grown numerous, finding the right program and navigating the application process can seem daunting. Join Harvard Law Clinical Fellow Lee Miller as he introduces some of the grant, loan and cost-share programs that can help you start or grow your young farming enterprise.

Presenters
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Lee Miller

Clinical Fellow, Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic
Lee Miller is a 2017 Stone Barns Exchange Fellow. Lee’s experiences launching the Duke Campus Farm inspired him to embark on a career in food law, as he sought to maximize his impact on food systems with a focus on policy. After obtaining a Master of Environmental Management (MEM) degree from Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment, Lee earned a Juris Doctor (JD) degree from Yale Law School, where he co-founded the Yale Food Law Society. Currently, Lee works as a Clinical Fellow at Harvard Law School’s... Read More →


Wednesday December 6, 2017 3:45pm - 5:15pm
PDR

3:45pm

Growing Change: Youth Empowerment through Agriculture
Limited Capacity filling up

Our identity and personal journey is intimately connected to place and cultural history. The agrarian community in Laurinburg, North Carolina has suffered from the same structural racism that contributes to a disproportionate number of African American farmers, now around 1% nation-wide. Growing Change was founded to empower youth to overcome these disparities. It develops community by harnessing the leadership skills of veterans, as they teach farming to youth diverted from the penal system. Brownfields are reclaimed and healthy food systems are set up for communities. Clinical support therapy to mentors and students alike is offered as each group binds together to face these deep challenges. Come listen to the stories of the leaders and youth of Growing Change as they discuss how we can understand our own values and stories to create actions plans for long-term cultural change in the food system.  

Presenters
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Derek Cummings

Youth Leader, GrowingChange
Derek Cummings, age 18, is an ‘original’ youth leader with GrowingChange, meaning he helped create the model GrowingChange uses to flip closed prisons into sustainable farms and educational centers. Derek recently presented this model at NC A&T State University, teaching faculty and students about how NC used more forced prison labor to build its road system than any other state in the nation. As a young person who was kicked out of home, out of school and put on probation at a young age, Derek knows first-hand what it takes to change his future... Read More →
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Davon Goodwin

Farmer, OTL Farms/GrowingChange
Davon Goodwin is a 2017 Stone Barns Exchange Fellow. Davon Goodwin grew up in Pittsburgh, Pa. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, where he studied biology with a concentration in botany. While in college, Davon enlisted in the Army Reserve and served in Iraq and Afghanistan, where he earned a Purple Heart after he was wounded by an improvised explosive device (IED). Since 2012, Davon has been working with... Read More →
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Debbie Hanmer

Associate Professor/Chair of the Board, University of North Carolina at Pembroke/GrowingChange
Associate Professor, retired and now teaching part time for the Biology Department at the University of  North Carolina at Pembroke.  She was instrumental in establishing the Sustainable Agriculture track of the Environmental Science degree and a minor in sustainable agriculture. Dr. Hanmer is also the Chair of the Board of Directors for the non-profit organization... Read More →
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Ezekiel Jones

Youth Leader, GrowingChange
Ezekiel Jones, age 18, is an ‘original’ youth leader with GrowingChange, meaning he helped create the model GrowingChange uses to flip closed prisons into sustainable farms and educational centers. Zeke recently presented this model at MIT, teaching faculty and students about the award winning site planning of how GrowingChange plans to use the site. As a recent graduate of Hoke High School... Read More →


Wednesday December 6, 2017 3:45pm - 5:15pm
PC II

3:45pm

Growing from Urban to Rural
Limited Capacity seats available

Hear from local farmers and youth as they discuss some of the realities and pitfalls growing from an urban setting to rural farming. This panel discussion, moderated by Karen Washington, will examine some of the challenges, myths and successes facing today’s farmers of color.

This workshop will be streamed live on www.facebook.com/stonebarns/

Presenters
avatar for Rafael Aponte

Rafael Aponte

Founder, Rocky Acres Farm
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Lorrie Clevenger

Farmer, Rise and Root Farm
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Jahshana Olivierre

Soul Fire Farm, Soil & Soul
Jahshana Olivierre is a community builder born and raised in Canarsie, Brooklyn. She is passionate about healing and sustaining community through youth led initiatives. She currently leads her workshop series "Soil & Soul", which focuses on self-care and neighborhood care, for youth in Canarsie. She is an alum of Black and Latinx Farmers Immersion 2016 at... Read More →
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Arian Rivera

Shepherd and Flock Manager, Lowland Farm
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Karen Washington

Farmer, Rise & Root Farm
Karen is Co-owner/Farmer at Rise & Root Farm. In 2010 she co-founded Black Urban Growers (BUGS), an organization supporting growers in both urban and rural settings. In 2012, Ebony magazine voted her one of their 100 most influential African Americans in the country and in 2014 s... Read More →


Wednesday December 6, 2017 3:45pm - 5:15pm
East Haybarn

3:45pm

Livestock Roundtable: Big Picture Beef
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn from experienced livestock farmers during roundtable discussions with small groups of beginning farmers. Conversations will revolve around the histories and lessons learned from farmers who have successfully achieved, or are on track to achieve, their goals of economic viability and ecological resilience. Questions and free-flowing dialogue among table groups are highly encouraged.

Presenters
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Big Picture Beef

Big Picture Beef aims to establish a model for producing 100% grass-fed beef  that will revive the Northeast rural economy.Our goal is not only to produce local, delicious, healthy beef, but also to rejuvenate farmland and return a fair price to farmers.  We plan to expand the market opportunity for our Northeast partner farms and significantly increase the number of 100% grass-fed beef produced and sold in the... Read More →


Wednesday December 6, 2017 3:45pm - 5:15pm
Kitchen Lab

3:45pm

Livestock Roundtable: Cornell Small Farms Program
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn from experienced livestock farmers at in-depth roundtable discussions with small groups of beginning farmers. Conversations will revolve around the histories and lessons learned from farmers who have successfully achieved, or are on track to achieve, their goals of economic viability and ecological resilience. Questions and free-flowing dialogue among table groups are highly encouraged.

Presenters
avatar for Erica Frenay

Erica Frenay

Program Manager, Shelterbelt Farm / Cornell Small Farms Program
Erica Frenay owns and operates Shelterbelt Farm, an integrated livestock and perennials farm she and her husband Craig started from scratch on 25 overgrown acres near Ithaca, NY, inspired by Erica's training in Holistic Management and planned grazing. Shelterbelt has been growing... Read More →


Wednesday December 6, 2017 3:45pm - 5:15pm
Kitchen Lab

3:45pm

Livestock Roundtable: Green Pastures Farm
Limited Capacity filling up

Learn from experienced livestock farmers at in-depth roundtable discussions with small groups of beginning farmers. Conversations will revolve around the histories and lessons learned from farmers who have successfully achieved, or are on track to achieve, their goals of economic viability and ecological resilience. Questions and free-flowing dialogue among table groups are highly encouraged.

Presenters
avatar for Greg Judy

Greg Judy

Green Pastures Farm
Greg and Jan Judy own a grass based grazing operation, Green Pastures Farm, in Clark, Missouri consisting of 1620 acres. The farm is made up of 12 leased farms and 4 owned farms. The Judy’s graze cattle, sheep, pigs and chicken layers. They also have multiple silvo-pasture projec... Read More →


Wednesday December 6, 2017 3:45pm - 5:15pm
Kitchen Lab

5:30pm

Keynote
Mark Bittman and Ricardo Salvador discuss the article "Re-Envisioning Our Broken Food System; A Road Map to a Healthier and More Equitable National Food Policy" co-written with Olivier De Schutter and Michael Pollan (2016).

This talk will be streamed live on www.facebook.com/stonebarns/

Presenters
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Mark Bittman

Mark Bittman is the author of 20 acclaimed books, including the How to Cook Everything series, the award-winning Food Matters, and The New York Times number-one bestseller, VB6: Eat Vegan Before 6:00. For more than two decades his popular and compelling stories appeared in the Ti... Read More →
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Ricardo Salvador

Senior Scientist, Union of Concerned Scientists
Ricardo Salvador is the senior scientist and director of the Food and Environment Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. He is internationally recognized and respected for his dedication to advocating and working for a food system that is healthier and more just. Prior to joining UCS, Salvador was a program officer for food, health and wellbeing at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and... Read More →


Wednesday December 6, 2017 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Hayloft

6:30pm

Dinner
Wednesday December 6, 2017 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Hayloft

8:00pm

Dessert with DJ Cavem
DJ Cavem spins environmental hip hop.

Presenters
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Ietef aka DJ Cavem

Founder, Eco HipHop
Ietef aka Dj Cavem is an educator, emcee, vegan/raw food chef, producer, organic gardener, midwife, graffiti artists, Bboy yogi award winning environmental activist, the father of Eco HipHop and founder of Going Green Living Bling, and co-founder of Culinary Concerts (co-founded by Alkemia Earth... Read More →


Wednesday December 6, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
West Haybarn
 
Thursday, December 7
 

7:30am

Breakfast and Opening Remarks
Registration and breakfast: 7:30 - 8:30am
Opening remarks: 8:30 - 8:45am

Thursday December 7, 2017 7:30am - 8:45am
Hayloft

9:00am

Animal Genetics 101
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop will begin with a lesson by Dr. Alison Martin, Executive Director of the Livestock Conservancy, on the basics of animal genetics, including a quick review of fundamentals, breeding strategies, crossbreeding, selection, minimizing inbreeding on the farm, and common breeding myths. The emphasis will be on flock and herd improvement, and a brief discussion of color genetics. The talk will be followed by a visit to the sheep barn, where livestock manager Fiona Harrar will walk through the basics of the Stone Barns Center sheep breeding program.

Presenters
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Fiona Harrar

Livestock Manager and Herdswoman, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
Fiona Harrar is livestock manager and herdswoman at Stone Barns Center. Originally from West Virginia, she discovered farming while traveling in Scotland after finishing a B.A. in Spanish from Hobart and William Smith Colleges. She spent several years working on a variety of farm... Read More →
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Alison Martin

Executive Director, The Livestock Conservancy
Alison Martin is the Executive Director at https://livestockconservancy.org a non-profit organization for conserving heritage livestock and poultry. Martin is responsible for leading and building capacity in the Livestock Conservancy’s programs and operations. With over 25 yea... Read More →


Thursday December 7, 2017 9:00am - 12:00pm
PDR

9:00am

Carbon Farming Systems for U.S. Farms
Limited Capacity seats available

As climate change affects communities and ecosystems worldwide, carbon farming offers a powerful suite of tools for climate mitigation. This workshop will explore the current state of global knowledge and practice on sequestering carbon both belowground (in soil) and aboveground (in woody plants) on farms. We will discuss a suite of carbon farming systems well suited for adoption by beginning farmers across the US, as well as the ecological, economic, and agronomic co-benefits of those systems. The second half of the workshop will be a field practicum exploring current carbon farming systems and potential for expanded carbon farming adoption at Stone Barns Center. We will practice landscape observation, analysis, and design skills to ground our indoor discussion in concrete applications on the farm.

Presenters
avatar for Connor Stedman

Connor Stedman

Agroforestry and Ecology Specialist, AppleSeed Permaculture
Connor Stedman is an ecological designer, farm planner, and educator with AppleSeed Permaculture in the Hudson Valley of New York. Connor specializes in applying carbon farming and agroecology practices to strengthen farm landscapes and businesses. He holds an M.S. in Ecological... Read More →


Thursday December 7, 2017 9:00am - 12:00pm
West Haybarn

9:00am

Farming with Empathy
Limited Capacity seats available

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.

Presenters
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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 Tr... 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) and functional neuroimaging at Stanford University (in lab... 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 offering production consultation, Crystal has been working... Read More →


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

9:00am

Group Leadership and Dynamics Through Worksongs
Limited Capacity seats available

In this hands-on, sing-out workshop, explore the modern practice of a lively and useful agrarian tradition: worksongs. Learn five simple songs great for field work while discovering how worksongs can improve your crew’s effectiveness and transform your experience of mundane handwork. This workshop will cover simple call-and-response songs from the Americas and Africa, as well as livestock calls of Europe and Asia, and will explore the steps for introducing songs into the field setting.

Presenters
avatar for Edith Gawler

Edith Gawler

Edith Gawler grew up in Maine as a member of the legendary Gawler Family Band.  She plays fiddle, banjo and upright bass, and belts out songs in a rich sonorous alto. Not long ago, Edith finished her architectural thesis at Syracuse University, which looks to draw on the principles of the local sustainable food movement as a model for a new architecture. When not singing in the fields with Bennett Konesni, she works as a... Read More →
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Bennett Konesni

Farmer, Owner / Co-Founder & Chief / Musician, Duckback Farm / Sylvestor Manor Educational Farm / worksongs.org
Bennett Konesni is a farmer/musician who owns Duckback Farm in Belfast, Maine.  He has spent 20 years using worksongs on farms and at sea, in over a dozen countries, and he curates www.worksongs.org to share songs and how-tos. He is also the co-founder and chief ambassador of Sylvester Manor Educational... Read More →


Thursday December 7, 2017 9:00am - 12:00pm
Drying Barn

9:00am

Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding
Limited Capacity full

Learn the basics of MIG welding, the most widely used welding technique in the industry.  Instruction will include understanding and operating the equipment, technique, pressures, different types of metals and safety.

Note: Participants are advised not to wear contact lenses during this session

Presenters
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Shane Hardy

Grounds and Compost Manager, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
Shane Hardy is farm technician and compost manager at Stone Barns Center. He grew up across the river in Nyack, N.Y., and has worked on farms in New York's Finger Lakes region, Orange County and Rockland County. He is thrilled to be working here at home in the southern Hudson Val... Read More →
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Roy Juarez

Roy Juarez is facilities custodian at Stone Barns Center. He has worked in the aftermarket industry building custom off-road vehicles throughout New York and New Jersey, and is also a small business owner of a landscaping/arborist company. | | At Stone Barns Center, Roy helps th... Read More →


Thursday December 7, 2017 9:00am - 12:00pm
Garage

9:00am

Pollination Ecology
Limited Capacity seats available

Many of the plants you grow have at least one pollinator partner who helps shape the evolution of their flowers and distribution. From bees, to butterflies, to birds, to bats, pollinating animals are responsible for many of the fruits and vegetables we rely on. This workshop will teach you the basics of pollination ecology as well as how to maximize food production by encouraging both native and exotic pollinators. Yes, honey bees will be discussed, but this workshop will also cover the exciting world of tomato buzz pollination, the rotten world of fly pollination, and the beautiful life of the squash bee. By the end of the workshop you will be able to “read” flowers and come to know the true desires of the organisms you cultivate.


This workshop will be streamed live on www.facebook.com/stonebarns/


Presenters
avatar for Rebecca McMackin

Rebecca McMackin

Dir of Horticulture, Brooklyn Bridge Park
Rebecca is an ecologically obsessed horticulturist and garden designer. By day, she is the Director of Horticulture for Brooklyn Bridge Park, where she manages 85 acres of diverse parkland organically and with an eye towards habitat creation for birds, butterflies, and soil micro... Read More →


Thursday December 7, 2017 9:00am - 12:00pm
East Haybarn

9:00am

Slow Tools and Appropriate Technology
Limited Capacity filling up

In this workshop we will discuss and demonstrate several new tools developed as a direct result of collaboration with Eliot Coleman and the Slow Tools Group, a collaboration among farmers, engineers, tool manufacturers, metalworkers, machinists, marketers and funders to design and build a host of new tools and make them readily available to young farmers. We will discuss the Slow Tools backstory, how the group came to be, and how it strives to optimize efficiency for beginning farmers. This will be a hands-on interactive workshop, and the audience will be invited to try the tools out during the course of the talk. 
Moderated by Stone Barns Center's Jack Algiere.

Presenters
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Jack Algiere

Farm Director, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
Jack Algiere is farm director at Stone Barns Center. Jack graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a degree in horticulture and has been actively farming since the early 1990s. His lifetime of experience in organic, biodynamic and ecological systems brings a broad diversity of experience in greenhouses, orchards, fields and... Read More →
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Horace Clemmons

Co-Founder, CleBer/Oggun
Clemmons, a former engineer for IBM and the Marine Corps, Co-Founded CleBer/Oggún, and the Oggún tractor. His goal is to enable each country too use the open system design concept and manufacture as much of the tractor components in country as possible. Once countries are doing 1... Read More →
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Eliot Coleman

Farmer/Author/Educator, Four Season Farm
Eliot Coleman is the author of The New Organic Grower, Four Season Harvest and The Winter Harvest Handbook. He has written extensively on the subject of organic agriculture since 1975, including chapters in scientific books and the foreword to Keeping Food Fresh: Old World Techniques and... Read More →
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Adam Lemieux

Product Developer, Johnny's Selected Seeds
Adam Lemieux is the product manager and new product developer of Tools and Supplies for Johnny’s Selected Seeds. He works with experienced growers like Eliot Coleman, Jack Algiere, Jean-Martin Fortier, and other members of the Slow Tools Group to bring scale-appropriate tools to... Read More →


Thursday December 7, 2017 9:00am - 12:00pm
Greenhouse

9:00am

Soil, Farming and Human Health
Limited Capacity filling up

By improving the health of the soil, farmers are also contributing to the health of humans, and the earth. Soil is the foundation of the farming system and provides resilience and redundant mechanisms for pest and fertility management. In this session, Rodale Institute chief scientist Christine Nichols will walk farmers through soil regeneration methods, and techniques of stimulating soil biological activity through a systems approach to food production.



Presenters
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Kristine Nichols

Chief Scientist, Rodale Institute
Dr. Kristine Nichols examines the impacts of management such as crop rotation, tillage practices, organic production, cover crops, and livestock grazing on soil aggregation, water relationships, and glomalin at the Rodale Institute. She received a Bachelor of Science in Plant Bio... Read More →


Thursday December 7, 2017 9:00am - 12:00pm
PC I

9:00am

Swine Butchery and Cooking Techniques
Limited Capacity full

Observe as Blue Hill Culinary Director Adam Kaye and Blue Hill Butcher Jose Morquecha break down a whole pig step by step and explain how pork is featured at Blue Hill and Blue Hill at Stone Barns. Chefs Adam and Jose will discuss the restaurant's approach to whole animal butchery and draw on their expertise to impart basic butchery skills to workshop participants while assistant Livestock Manager Phil Haynes will discuss how pork quality can be informed by the life, diet, and breed of a pig. 

Presenters
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Phil Haynes

Assistant Livestock Manager, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
Phil Haynes is assistant livestock manager at Stone Barns Center. He graduated from Connecticut College with a B.A. in anthropology and botany. While in college, Phil helped his brother manage Ralston Farm, a small specialty produce CSA and livestock farm in their New Jersey hometown. He also worked at Stone Barns Center as a livestock intern in order to pursue his interest in pasture-based, ethical... Read More →
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Adam Kaye

Chef, Kitchen Director, Blue Hill at Stone Barns
Adam Kaye joined Blue Hill in October 2000, initially as the meat cook, and eventually worked his way up to Chef/Kitchen Director. Adam has cooked professionally for the past nine years, moving through the kitchens of Vidalia in Washington, DC; La Panetiere in Rye, NY, and Chanta... Read More →
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Jose Morquecha

Butcher, Blue Hill at Stone Barns
Jose Morquecha is a butcher at Blue Hill at Stone Barns.


Thursday December 7, 2017 9:00am - 12:00pm
Hayloft

12:15pm

Lunch and Lunchtime Talk: Agroequity
Topic: Agroequity: Defining a New Equity Framework in Food and Agriculture
Panel: Stone Barns Exchange Fellows Yana Gilbuena, Hannah Koski, Margiana Peterson-Rockney, and Shakirah Simley

This talk will be streamed live on www.facebook.com/stonebarns/


Presenters
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Yana Gilbuena

Chef, Salo
Yana Gilbuena is a 2017 Stone Barns Exchange Fellow. Yana, a Filipino-born, critically acclaimed global nomadic chef, started Salo Series to share with the world the vibrant food culture of the Philippines. The Salo Series hosts Filipino Kamayan dinners, in which food is served on communal tables decked with banana leaves, and guests are asked to eat with their hands. In her American tour, Yana hosted pop-up dinners in 50 states in 50 weeks, as well as across Canada, Mexico and Colombia. She has also been featured in major publications such... Read More →
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Hannah Koski

Consultant, Regional Food Systems
Hannah Koski is a 2017 Stone Barns Exchange Fellow. Hannah has more than ten years of experience in agricultural and food systems work, beginning with management of more than 200 acres of diversified farmland across the Northeast and volunteer work on farms throughout Europe, West Africa, and Haiti. | After obtaining her... Read More →
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Margiana Peterson-Rockney

Farmer/Doctoral Student, UC Berkeley
Margiana Petersen-Rockney is a 2017 Stone Barns Exchange Fellow. She grew up on a goat dairy farm in Massachusetts. While still in college, Margiana ran a five-acre diversified vegetable and livestock CSA and founded the Young Farmer Network, a community group for new farmers to share management practices and build social capital. After four years farming full time, she scaled back to one acre of garlic production and relocated to Boston. At the New Entry Sustainable Farming Project and the Boston Farming Institute, Margiana worked with low-income immigrant and refugee farmers on issues of land access and farm planning. She also directed the Food Literacy Project at Harvard, a fellowship program for students to learn about and engage with the food system. Currently, as a Ph.D. student in... Read More →
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Shakirah Simley

Co-Founder, Nourish|Resist
Shakirah Simley is a 2017 Stone Barns Exchange Fellow. Shakirah Simley was raised in Harlem, N.Y., where her limited access to fresh, healthy and affordable food was always a challenge. As a young black woman hungry for change, she decided to dedicate her professional career and civic duties to change the future of food by uplifting vulnerable communities and youth. She is an activist, food policy advocate and good food entrepreneur. Shakirah earned her undergraduate degree in cultural anthropology and urban studies from the University of Pennsylvania, and a... Read More →


Thursday December 7, 2017 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Hayloft

1:30pm

An Introduction to Indigenous Resurgence Through Foodways
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop will explore the topic of Indigenous Agriculture and themes of public health through native cooking demonstrations by Nephi Craig, a White Mountan Apache/Navajo Executive Chef of Café Gozhóó on the White Mountain Apache Tribe in Whiteriver, Arizona, founder of the Native American Culinary Association, and Nutritional Recovery Program Coordinator at the Rainbow Treatment Center.

Presenters
avatar for Nephi Craig

Nephi Craig

Program Coordinator/Founder/Executive Chef, Rainbow Treatment Center/Native American Culinary Association/Cafe Gozhoo
Professional Culinary Arts. Indigenous Foods & Agriculture. Heirloom Seed Saving. Social Recovery. Behavioral/Mental Health. Nutrition. Indigenous History. Decolonization. Indigenous Resurgence. Family Culinary Capacity Building. Native American Cuisine. | I live and work in our... Read More →


Thursday December 7, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Kitchen Lab

1:30pm

Animal Rotations
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop will cover how to set up a profitable rotational grazing operation, including: fence design for maximum control of your animals at minimal cost; selecting the water system that best fits your farm; monitoring animal performance to ensure that you are giving your animals what they need to prosper on your farm; selecting optimized animal genetics; observing your grass to ensure that you are not overgrazing; and building soil even as grazers trample onto the soil surface. 

Presenters
avatar for Greg Judy

Greg Judy

Green Pastures Farm
Greg and Jan Judy own a grass based grazing operation, Green Pastures Farm, in Clark, Missouri consisting of 1620 acres. The farm is made up of 12 leased farms and 4 owned farms. The Judy’s graze cattle, sheep, pigs and chicken layers. They also have multiple silvo-pasture projec... Read More →


Thursday December 7, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
PDR

1:30pm

Building Community Through Agriculture-Based Training Programs
Limited Capacity filling up

Urban agriculture is a tool for economic development and a way to cultivate community, especially for those without adequate resources and who experience barriers to accessing fresh and healthy local foods. HABESHA focuses on providing new skills and professional training and education in sustainable agriculture to young adults while also developing a community-based approach to individuals with health disparities. Establishing an economic development model that creates affordable social entrepreneurship opportunities is essential for the communities that HABESHA hopes to nurture. Come listen to Charles Greenlea speak about HABESHA's training programs and partnerships with the Nature Conservancy, Georgia Food Oasis, and Stelman College. Learn how these hands-on training programs are relevant to HABESHA’s Pan-African organization focused on cultivating leadership through practical and cultural education.

Presenters
avatar for Charles Greenlea

Charles Greenlea

Program Director, Habesha
Charles Greenlea’s roots run deep in the red clay of Georgia’s soil. A resident of Atlanta, Ga, and the descendant of a long line of farmers, educators, entrepreneurs, and activists, Charles was cultivated to serve his community in a very unique way. Since he began nurturing his interests in agriculture and food systems almost six years ago, Charles has managed several urban farms including Metro Atlanta Urban Farm, college gardens on the campuses of Spelman College in... Read More →
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Tenisio Seanima

Tenisio Seanima is a Food Justice Advocate whose unwavering passion for creating positive change has earned him the reputation as a service-driven leader across Atlanta, Georgia and beyond. He has spent the past 11 years as a social activist in the food justice space. Currently, Tenisio serves as the Farmer Services Coordinator for Georgia Organics, Inc. and the Owner of Nature's Candy Farms, which is a multi-parcel urban farm in... Read More →
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Raina Turner

Raina Turner is a staunch proponent of employing sustainable solutions to human challenges by emulating nature’s time-tested patterns and strategies. She currently serves as Operational Efficiency Coordinator for HABESHA, Inc., most recently completing a Bamboo Training workshop in Ethiopia and supporting the Urban Green Jobs Training program in partnership with The Nature... Read More →


Thursday December 7, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
PC II

1:30pm

Climate Change Adaptation
Limited Capacity seats available

Increased intensity and frequency of storms, drought and flooding, altered hydrological cycles and precipitation variance have implications for future food availability. The Vermont Agricultural Resilience in a Climate Change Initiative (VAR) helps farms of all types become more resilient to these new weather patterns in both short and long term. Join UVM Agroecology Professor Ernesto Mendez and Educational Coordinator and Lecturer Vic Izzo as they share information and lessons learned from two projects in VAR’s initiative while also assessing resilience in coffee-dependent communities of Honduras, Nicaragua, and Haiti. It will introduce key aspects of Participatory Action Research (PAR) as a tool for farmers to use when addressing these key issues and include hands-on exercises for participants to take-way from the workshop.


This workshop will be streamed live on www.facebook.com/stonebarns/


 


Presenters
avatar for Victor Izzo

Victor Izzo

Instructor and Research Associate, University of Vermont
For the better part of my career I have spent my time exploring the evolutionary dynamics of biological systems in the broadest sense. I believe that by understanding how populations evolve in the face of changing environmental conditions we can develop long-term solutions to just about any problem. Whether it is a farmer looking to adapt to the effects of climate change or a newly arriving insect species colonizing a foreign agricultural landscape, evolutionary solutions to ecological problems are constantly emerging. While I am formally trained as an evolutionary ecologist and agricultural entomologist, my research interests are quite diverse. I simply enjoy working with great people on pressing issues at the nexus of agriculture and the environment. I am also fully committed to the use of Participatory Action Research (PAR) methods for all of my projects. Top down research is quickly becoming an antiquated paradigm. Most recently, my projects have centered upon developing novel techniques (with farmers!) for sustainable pest management in Vermont, but that is just the tip of iceberg. There are interesting questions in every milpa and solutions to be found in every collaboration. As the educational coordinator in the ALC, an adjunct lecturer at Champlain College and a faculty member within the Plant and Soil Science Department here at... Read More →
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Ernesto Mendez

Professor, University of Vermont
V. Ernesto Méndez is Professor of Agroecology at the University of Vermont’s Environmental Program and Department of Plant and Soil Science, where he leads the Agroecology and Livelihoods Collaborative (ALC). His research and teaching focus on agroecology, agrifood systems, participatory action research (PAR), and transdisciplinary research... Read More →


Thursday December 7, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
East Haybarn

1:30pm

Farmers as Agents of Social Change
Limited Capacity seats available

Many farmers choose to enter agriculture for reasons beyond growing food. While noble and necessary unto itself, food production becomes the organizing principle to engage people in the surrounding community in solutions for living more responsibly on the planet. From white farmers showing up for racial justice to mitigating global climate change, farms and farmers can be a catalyst for the adoption of new ways of relating to each other and the Earth. Flor and Nancy will share how they are utilizing Pie Ranch as a place for such theory and practice to play out and provide direction forward.

Presenters
avatar for Flor Revolorio

Flor Revolorio

Farm Manager, Pie Ranch
Flor Assists manages production and education, holds the CSA, and manages the farm animals at Pie Ranch in Pescadero, CA. Flor is a Guatemalan born and raised in Chicago. Flor loves farming and the things that most inspire her and fuel her interests are soil, justice, and educati... Read More →
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Nancy Vail

Co-Founder, Pie Ranch
Nancy is a broadly experienced sustainable food systems farmer, advocate, educator and leader. Previous to co-founding Pie Ranch in 2003, Nancy worked on a number of farms abroad and throughout the United States, eventually landing at UC Santa Cruz's Center for Agroecology and... Read More →


Thursday December 7, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
PC I

1:30pm

Know Your Buyer
Limited Capacity seats available

Sourcing managers and distributors from local-minded food companies will discuss challenges and realities in the current marketplace for small and large-scale farms in the Northeast. The conversation will address the disconnect that exists within the current local sourcing system and showcase the progress that is being made by these very different companies.
Moderated by Stone Barns Center's Jason Grauer.

Presenters
avatar for Andy Cox

Andy Cox

Director of Dining Services, Smith College
Andy Cox is this Director of Dining Services at Smith College in Northampton, MA. His past experience includes General Manager at The Hotchkiss School and Executive Chef at the Harvard Kennedy School as well as farm to table restaurants in Oregon, Chicago and Boston. He holds a... Read More →
avatar for Jason Grauer

Jason Grauer

Crop Production and Farm Consulting Manager, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
Jason Grauer is crop production manager at Stone Barns Center. With a degree in economics from Tufts University, Jason spent the early part of his career in the financial industry. A year spent volunteering at Stone Barns confirmed his desire to farm full time, and he spent two seasons as one of our apprentices. Jason then developed a rooftop greenhouse for Eli... Read More →
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Taylor Lanzet

Supply Chain Manager, Dig Inn
Taylor Lanzet is the Supply Chain Manager of Dig Inn, a vegetable-forward, farm-to-counter restaurant group. Dig Inn offers an alternative to the industrial food system by cultivating a network of sustainable farmers and producers to bring tasty, healthful and mindfully sourced food to everyone. Taylor focuses on Dig... Read More →
avatar for Matthew Preston

Matthew Preston

Director of Procurement, Daily Harvest
Matthew Preston is Director of Procurement at Daily Harvest
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Donna Williams

Founder, Field Goods
Donna Williams is the founder of Field Goods, a service that delivers small farm produce and artisan products to consumers at their workplace, schools and community locations. Donna founded Field Goods in September 2010 after she completed agriculture economic development consult... Read More →


Thursday December 7, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
West Haybarn

1:30pm

Relaying Agrarian Culture
Limited Capacity filling up

Diversified farms (organic, biodynamic, agroecological, etc.) offer rare and powerful opportunities to explore our active connection to food, nature, and community. Our role is to take on the challenges of not only feeding our communities but also contributing to the generation of clean water and healthy soil, habitat, and culture. Diversified farmers struggle to generate returns that reflect the true market value of their dedicated efforts unless their customers perceive that added value and investment. Conveying this broader, more nuanced message can be challenging and intimidating, but it is a critical aspect of farm sustainability. Join Amigo and Jack in a practical conversation about implementing, sharing, and maintaining our highest ethics through storyteling, connection, and relationships.

Presenters
avatar for Jack Algiere

Jack Algiere

Farm Director, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
Jack Algiere is farm director at Stone Barns Center. Jack graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a degree in horticulture and has been actively farming since the early 1990s. His lifetime of experience in organic, biodynamic and ecological systems brings a broad diversity of experience in greenhouses, orchards, fields and... Read More →
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Amigo Bob Cantisano

Organic Farming Advisor and Farmer
Amigo Bob Cantisano has farmed a wide range of small- to medium-acreage organic crops in California since 1975. He founded California’s first organic farm supply, first organic farm–advising service, and first organic farming conference, among numerous other agricultural accompli... Read More →


Thursday December 7, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Greenhouse

1:30pm

Stone Barns Center Tour
Limited Capacity seats available

Join us for a behind-the-scenes view of Stone Barns Center. We’ll explore the farm while discussing our diverse work to build a healthful and sustainable food system.

Stone Barns Staff
avatar for Shannon Algiere

Shannon Algiere

Farmer Educator, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
Shannon Algiere is farmer educator at Stone Barns Center. She was introduced to an agrarian lifestyle as a young girl, frolicking in strawberry fields and peach orchards and showing goats and rabbits at local fairs. While studying at the University of Rhode Island, Shannon worked... Read More →

Thursday December 7, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Courtyard

1:30pm

Whole Grain Bread Baking
Limited Capacity full

Blue Hill at Stone Barns chef Adam Tan opens the doors of the restaurant's bakery for a demonstration and tasting of whole grain bread, beginning with the process of in-house milling. Adam will lead a conversation on grain sourcing, touching on recent innovations in wheat breeding. Learn how and why Blue Hill showcases resilient wheat varieties and experiments with test crops like Barber wheat, rye, and buckwheat, many of which are grown at Stone Barns Center.

Presenters
avatar for Sarah Cooper

Sarah Cooper

Baker, Blue Hill at Stone Barns
Sarah Cooper is a baker at Blue Hill at Stone Barns.
avatar for Adam Tan

Adam Tan

Baker, Blue Hill at Stone Barns
Adam Tan is a baker at Blue Hill at Stone Barns.


Thursday December 7, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Meet in Silo Lobby

3:15pm

Changing the Way a Generation Thinks About Food
Limited Capacity filling up

Led by Dan Giusti, the former head chef of Noma in Copenhagen, Brigaid recruits professionally trained chefs to each lead school kitchens with the goal of cooking delicious food from scratch. Moreover, all of Brigaid's meals meet the National School Lunch Program budgetary and nutritional guidelines. In this session, we will talk about ways that Brigaid changes the way the students in our schools think about food, from communication and education to making food more delicious. We will discuss success stories and, perhaps more importantly, failures.  We will close with a group discussion on how to move forward and how we can involve all areas of the food community to promote and accelerate this change.

This workshop will be streamed live on www.facebook.com/stonebarns/

Presenters
avatar for Dan Giusti

Dan Giusti

Chef, Brigaid
With a desire to feed more people and the knowledge that chefs are uniquely suited to work within the limitations of the National School Lunch program, Chef Dan Giusti began Brigaid to change the narrative surrounding good meals for kids at school. Prior to the launch of Brigaid, Dan was the Head Chef at Noma, a world-renowned restaurant in Copenhagen, where for 4 years he contributed to the... Read More →


Thursday December 7, 2017 3:15pm - 4:45pm
East Haybarn

3:15pm

Diversified Farming Systems for Building Resilience
Limited Capacity full

We will introduce diversified farming systems (DFS), which build resilience by increasing biodiversity and ecosystem functioning. We will present our current work with diverse farming communities to demonstrate DFS and climate adaptation pathways. Then, we'll facilitate small group discussions to create a toolbox of DFS practices at the field, farm, and landscape scales. This workshop is open to all and we hope that participants will gain both a theoretical understanding of DFS and practical ideas for how to implement specific practices that build resilience through biological diversity.

Aidee Guzman works with Southeast Asian and Latinx small-scale farmers embedded in the monoculture landscape of California's Central Valley. Her research explores how on-farm diversification practices influence soil health and its links to other ecological processes.

Margiana Petersen-Rockney is currently working in Northern California with farmers, ranchers, and Tribes whose cultural livelihoods are polarizing as conflict over limited water increases. 


Presenters
avatar for Aidee Guzman

Aidee Guzman

Graduate Student/Advocate, University of California, Berkeley
Aidee Guzman works with Southeast Asian and Latinx small-scale farmers embedded in the monoculture landscape of California's Central Valley. Her research explores how on-farm diversification practices influence soil health and its links to other ecological processes. Aidee’s rese... Read More →
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Margiana Peterson-Rockney

Farmer/Doctoral Student, UC Berkeley
Margiana Petersen-Rockney is a 2017 Stone Barns Exchange Fellow. She grew up on a goat dairy farm in Massachusetts. While still in college, Margiana ran a five-acre diversified vegetable and livestock CSA and founded the Young Farmer Network, a community group for new farmers to share management practices and build social capital. After four years farming full time, she scaled back to one acre of garlic production and relocated to Boston. At the New Entry Sustainable Farming Project and the Boston Farming Institute, Margiana worked with low-income immigrant and refugee farmers on issues of land access and farm planning. She also directed the Food Literacy Project at Harvard, a fellowship program for students to learn about and engage with the food system. Currently, as a Ph.D. student in... Read More →


Thursday December 7, 2017 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Library

3:15pm

Farmers in Local Politics
Limited Capacity seats available

Are you curious about representing yourself and your fellow farmers in government and policy making?  Join Erika Allen and Amanda Edmonds in an honest and instructive conversation about getting into politics. Erika Allen is Chicago and National Director for Growing Power, has served on the Illinois Food, Farms and Jobs Act Council and on the Chicago mayor’s Energy, Environment and Public Space Committee, as well as working on community development in many capacities. Amanda Edmonds is founder and executive director of food access organization Growing Hope, and has served as a policy leader both as a gubernatorial appointee to the Michigan Food Policy Council and as Vice Chair of the Washtenaw Food Policy Council. As former chair of Ypsilanti's Downtown Development Authority, she helped this body develop vision and strategy to most effectively support invigorated commercial districts. In November 2014, she was elected as Mayor of the City of Ypsilanti, MI.

Presenters
avatar for Erika Allen

Erika Allen

Urban Growers Collective, Green Era Educational NFP
Erika Allen is Chicago and National Director for Growing Power and is headquartered in Chicago, IL. As the daughter of Will Allen, she has a small farm agricultural background and experience. She spent her formative years involved in all aspects of farm management from transplanting seedlings to managing farm stands and... Read More →
avatar for Amanda Maria Edmonds

Amanda Maria Edmonds

Mayor - City of Ypsilanti: Founding Executive Director of Growing Hope, Growing Hope
Amanda Maria Edmonds is the founding executive director of Growing Hope, a 15-year-old nonprofit dedicated to helping people grow and access healthy food.  Since 2014, she has also served as the Mayor of the City of Ypsilanti, Michigan. Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, she co-founded a nonprofit called Snail while in high school, and served on her school board at age... Read More →


Thursday December 7, 2017 3:15pm - 4:45pm
PC II

3:15pm

Farming Smarter Not Harder: Planning for Profit
Limited Capacity filling up

There are many deeply satisfying aspects of farming, including producing food, working outdoors, being one’s own boss, and working intimately with nature. But unfortunately, many farmers avoid learning about the business end of farming. As a result, they often work harder than they need to, or quit farming altogether because of frustrating -- and often avoidable -- losses. This workshop will focus on the planning and analysis tools needed to run a profitable farm in an easy, step-by-step format. Tips for beginner farmers will complete the session.


Presenters
avatar for Richard Wiswall

Richard Wiswall

Organic Farmer, Cate Farm
Richard Wiswall and his wife Sally Colman own and operate Cate Farm in East Montpelier, VT. Richard has been farming there for 33 years, growing and selling organic produce, seedlings and medicinal herbs. Richard consults and gives talks and workshops on the often-neglected business side of farming. He also... Read More →


Thursday December 7, 2017 3:15pm - 4:45pm
West Haybarn

3:15pm

Introduction to Greenhouse Design
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop will outline the key aspects of a successful greenhouse operation. Understanding your options for basic design and features is helpful when planning your greenhouse as a component of a small-scale diversified farm. Eliot Coleman of Four Season Farm will go over the basics, discussing various models that could work for your needs. The second half of the session will focus on the benefits of a moveable greenhouse and modifications to the design to make it more user friendly. 

Presenters
avatar for Eliot Coleman

Eliot Coleman

Farmer/Author/Educator, Four Season Farm
Eliot Coleman is the author of The New Organic Grower, Four Season Harvest and The Winter Harvest Handbook. He has written extensively on the subject of organic agriculture since 1975, including chapters in scientific books and the foreword to Keeping Food Fresh: Old World Techniques and... Read More →


Thursday December 7, 2017 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Kitchen Lab

3:15pm

Justice for Farmworkers Forum
Limited Capacity seats available

This talk and forum is aimed at discussing challenges and opportunities farmworkers face in the United States. Moderated by Jose Chapa of the Rural & Migrant Ministry Justice for Farmworkers Legislative Campaign, activist farmworkers will share their experiences and knowledge and update conference attendees on the important issues facing farmworkers locally and nationally. The second half of this workshop will be open to audience discussion and questions. 



Presenters
avatar for Jose Chapa

Jose Chapa

Campaign Coordinator, Rural and Migrant Ministry
Jose Chapa works for Rural & Migrant Ministry as the Justice for Farmworkers Legislative Campaign Coordinator.  Jose is originally from the Rio Grande Valley in Texas and as a youth worked and traveled with his family as a migrant farmworker in the fields of the panhandles of Texas and Iowa. He graduated from Wesleyan University in Connecticut where he majored in American Studies with a concentration in Ethnic... Read More →
avatar for Boris Martinez

Boris Martinez

Farmer/Activist
Boris is currently a leader on El Consejo de El Centro para Trabajadores en Long Island. Originally from El Salvador, Boris came to the U.S. in 2013 escaping gang violence. As a greenhouse and nursery farmworker on the northfork, Boris helps grow the flowers you see from people's... Read More →
avatar for Flor Revolorio

Flor Revolorio

Farm Manager, Pie Ranch
Flor Assists manages production and education, holds the CSA, and manages the farm animals at Pie Ranch in Pescadero, CA. Flor is a Guatemalan born and raised in Chicago. Flor loves farming and the things that most inspire her and fuel her interests are soil, justice, and educati... Read More →
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Juan Antonio Zuniga

Farmworker Fellow, Rural & Migrant Ministry
Juan Antonio is a farmworker fellow with Rural & Migrant Ministry. Juan Antonio coordinates workers partcipation in the Justice For Farmworkers campaign. Juan Antonio came to the U.S. in the early 1990s, from El Salvador. In California, he worked in multiple low wage jobs includi... Read More →


Thursday December 7, 2017 3:15pm - 4:45pm
PC I

3:15pm

Poultry Butchery and Packaging at Stone Barns Center
Limited Capacity seats available

Get an inside look at the state-inspected poultry slaughter and red meat butchering facility at Stone Barns Center, from the kill floor to the evisceration room to the cut and pack room. We'll give a detailed look at our systems and infrastructure, which we used to process and package Freedom Ranger and Delaware chickens, Broad Breasted Bronze turkeys, and Pekin and Rouen ducks in 2017. We’ll demonstrate in-house butchering techniques, such as 8-piece chicken and spatchcocking, offer hands-on practice, and give a detailed look at our packaging and butchering equipment.

Presenters
avatar for Phil Haynes

Phil Haynes

Assistant Livestock Manager, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
Phil Haynes is assistant livestock manager at Stone Barns Center. He graduated from Connecticut College with a B.A. in anthropology and botany. While in college, Phil helped his brother manage Ralston Farm, a small specialty produce CSA and livestock farm in their New Jersey hometown. He also worked at Stone Barns Center as a livestock intern in order to pursue his interest in pasture-based, ethical... Read More →
avatar for Sam Schmidt

Sam Schmidt

Livestock Assistant, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
Sam Schmidt is a Livestock Assistant at Stone Barns Center Food and Agriculture.


Thursday December 7, 2017 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Livestock Barn

3:15pm

The Search for Seeds: Growing and Breeding Without Patent Restrictions
Limited Capacity seats available

Vegetable producers are tasked not only with identifying which seeds will thrive on their farms, but also with adhering to a variety of restrictions that may affect their options for how to utilize particular seeds. Michael Mazourek of Cornell University will help you navigate the complexity around hybrids, plant variety protection (PVP), utility patents, and other restrictions seed users face when exercising their rights to seed, whether searching for cultivars for seed saving and on-farm breeding projects or making purchases that support your ethics. Jason Grauer of Stone Barns Center will demonstrate resources that can help you navigate this process with ease.


Presenters
avatar for Jason Grauer

Jason Grauer

Crop Production and Farm Consulting Manager, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
Jason Grauer is crop production manager at Stone Barns Center. With a degree in economics from Tufts University, Jason spent the early part of his career in the financial industry. A year spent volunteering at Stone Barns confirmed his desire to farm full time, and he spent two seasons as one of our apprentices. Jason then developed a rooftop greenhouse for Eli... Read More →
avatar for Michael Mazourek

Michael Mazourek

Associate Professor, Cornell University
Michael Mazourek established a vegetable breeding program which focuses on developing new cultivars for organic farming systems through traditional methods of cross-pollination. His grower-driven traits focus on fungal and insect resistances in regionally adapted backgrounds to provide a reliable, productive, flavorful harvest to drive the consumption of naturally nutritious... Read More →


Thursday December 7, 2017 3:15pm - 4:45pm
PDR

5:15pm

Keynote: M. Sanjayan
A thought-provoking keynote by M. Sanjayan, a global conservation scientist and CEO of Conservation International, in discussion with Jill Isenbarger, CEO of Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture.  

This workshop will be streamed live on www.facebook.com/stonebarns/

Presenters
avatar for M. Sanjayan

M. Sanjayan

CEO, Conservation International
M. Sanjayan, PH D., a global conservation scientist specializing in how nature preserves and enhances human life, serves as Conservation International’s chief executive officer. Sanjayan joined CI in 2014 as executive vice president and senior scientist and has led several key divisions including Oceans, Science, Development, Brand and Communications and Strategic Priorities. He has also overseen... Read More →


Thursday December 7, 2017 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Hayloft

6:15pm

Dinner
Thursday December 7, 2017 6:15pm - 8:00pm
West Haybarn

8:00pm

Contra Dance: The Edith and Bennett Band
Join Edith + Bennett and friends in our annual contra dance!

Presenters
avatar for Edith Gawler

Edith Gawler

Edith Gawler grew up in Maine as a member of the legendary Gawler Family Band.  She plays fiddle, banjo and upright bass, and belts out songs in a rich sonorous alto. Not long ago, Edith finished her architectural thesis at Syracuse University, which looks to draw on the principles of the local sustainable food movement as a model for a new architecture. When not singing in the fields with Bennett Konesni, she works as a... Read More →
avatar for Bennett Konesni

Bennett Konesni

Farmer, Owner / Co-Founder & Chief / Musician, Duckback Farm / Sylvestor Manor Educational Farm / worksongs.org
Bennett Konesni is a farmer/musician who owns Duckback Farm in Belfast, Maine.  He has spent 20 years using worksongs on farms and at sea, in over a dozen countries, and he curates www.worksongs.org to share songs and how-tos. He is also the co-founder and chief ambassador of Sylvester Manor Educational... Read More →


Thursday December 7, 2017 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Hayloft
 
Friday, December 8
 

7:30am

Breakfast and Opening Remarks
Registration and breakfast: 7:30 - 8:30am
Opening remarks: 8:30 - 8:45am

Friday December 8, 2017 7:30am - 9:00am
Hayloft

9:00am

Plenary: Women on the Verge
The number of women managing farms and ranches, steering board rooms, creating policies, and leading research in food and agriculture is on the rise. Women have always been the foundation of America’s agricultural heritage, but now, the number of women leaders in this industry makes us ask if they are fundamental to the transformation we all seek in food, agriculture, and everything in between. Are they a sign of the tipping point, or are they the tipping point itself? Can we ever have a more sustainable, healthy and just food system without more women succeeding? This plenary discussion featuring Danielle Nierenberg of Food Tank, Kathleen Finlay of Glynwood, Navina Khanna of Heal Food Alliance, and Jill Isenbarger of Stone Barns Center, in conversation with Laurie Freyer of Stone Barns Center, will move beyond statistics to explore the significance of this phenomenon, obstacles from the current political leadership and opportunities for progress. 


This workshop will be streamed live on www.facebook.com/stonebarns/

Presenters
avatar for Kathleen Finlay

Kathleen Finlay

President, Glynwood, Glynwood
Prior to joining Glynwood in 2012, Kathleen was the Managing Director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard Medical School, where she helped shape the Center’s programs to educate people about the links between human health and global environmental change, with a focus on food and marine systems. While at Harvard, Kathleen started the Harvard Community Garden, the... Read More →
avatar for Navina Khanna

Navina Khanna

Director, HEAL Food Alliance
Navina Khanna is the Director of the HEAL (Health, Environment, Agriculture, Labor) Food Alliance, a national multi-sector, multi-racial coalition of food and farm justice organizations.  She's worked as an educator, community organizer, and policy advocate toward justice through transforming agri-food systems. Based in Oakland, Navina serves on the Board of Richmond's Urban Tilth and organizes with #Asians4BlackLives. She is a Fellow at Movement Strategy Center, and in 2014, her work was recognized with a James Beard Leadership... Read More →
avatar for Danielle Nierenberg

Danielle Nierenberg

Co-Founder/Researcher/Advocate, Food Tank
In 2013, Danielle Nierenberg co-founded Food Tank, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization focused on building a global community for safe, healthy, nourished eaters. Food Tank is a global convener, research organization, and non-biased creator of original research impacting the food... Read More →

Stone Barns Staff
avatar for Laurie Freyer

Laurie Freyer

Senior Program Coordinator, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
Laurie Freyer is senior program coordinator at Stone Barns Center. Her major in environmental studies at McGill University and involvement in local foodsheds kindled her drive to support sustainable food systems. Laurie earned a master’s degree in food studies at NYU and then wen... Read More →

Friday December 8, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
Hayloft

10:15am

Appropriate Tools and Technology for Emerging Small-Scale Market Gardeners
Limited Capacity seats available

Jean-Martin Fortier is an internationally recognized successful farmer that has written the popular book The Market Gardener. He has spent the last 10 years developing well-honed systems for managing only a few acts that generate both high production and profits. Since having described the farming methods illustrated in his book, he has continued to improve his operations by leveraging, developing and adapting new strategies for continuous improvement. In this workshop, he will share the new tools, tech and techniques he uses on his farm and how they are best integrated in his farming systems.

This workshop will be streamed live on www.facebook.com/stonebarns/

Presenters
avatar for Natalie Childs

Natalie Childs

Assistant Market Gardener, Editor/Writer, Ferme des Quatre-Temps/Guts Magazine
Natalie Childs is an assistant market gardener at the Ferme des Quatre-Temps, in Hemmingford, QC. She has many years of experience working on small and medium-scale organic vegetable and fruit farms across Canada, and is also an editor and writer for gutsmagazine.ca, where she’s... Read More →
avatar for Ariane Desjardins

Ariane Desjardins

La Ferme des Quatre-Temps
After studying and working in different fields, Ariane discovered her true passion after an internship at Concordia University’s City Farm School program. A teaching environment that combined her interest for healthy local food and community outreach. She then went on to pursue an apprenticeship at Prince Edward... Read More →
avatar for Jean-Martin Fortier

Jean-Martin Fortier

Farmer & Author, La Ferme Des Quatre-Temps
Jean-Martin Fortier (JM) is a farmer and owner of La Ferme Des Quatre-Temps, an educator and author specializing in organic and biologically intensive cropping practices. His award-winning book, The Market Gardener, places a strong emphasis on intelligent farm design, appropriate... Read More →


Friday December 8, 2017 10:15am - 11:45am
West Haybarn

10:15am

Crop Production
Limited Capacity filling up

In this session, representatives from three farms will delve into the nuances of crop production, discussing methods, successes and mistakes, financial return and quality of life for the farmer. Eliot Coleman of Four Season Farm, Nancy Vail and Flor Revolorio of Pie Ranch, and Richard Wiswall of Cate Farm will all present on their farms' main themes, then open up the discussion to questions.
Moderated by Stone Barns Center's Jack Algiere.

Presenters
avatar for Jack Algiere

Jack Algiere

Farm Director, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
Jack Algiere is farm director at Stone Barns Center. Jack graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a degree in horticulture and has been actively farming since the early 1990s. His lifetime of experience in organic, biodynamic and ecological systems brings a broad diversity of experience in greenhouses, orchards, fields and... Read More →
avatar for Flor Revolorio

Flor Revolorio

Farm Manager, Pie Ranch
Flor Assists manages production and education, holds the CSA, and manages the farm animals at Pie Ranch in Pescadero, CA. Flor is a Guatemalan born and raised in Chicago. Flor loves farming and the things that most inspire her and fuel her interests are soil, justice, and educati... Read More →
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Nancy Vail

Co-Founder, Pie Ranch
Nancy is a broadly experienced sustainable food systems farmer, advocate, educator and leader. Previous to co-founding Pie Ranch in 2003, Nancy worked on a number of farms abroad and throughout the United States, eventually landing at UC Santa Cruz's Center for Agroecology and... Read More →
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Richard Wiswall

Organic Farmer, Cate Farm
Richard Wiswall and his wife Sally Colman own and operate Cate Farm in East Montpelier, VT. Richard has been farming there for 33 years, growing and selling organic produce, seedlings and medicinal herbs. Richard consults and gives talks and workshops on the often-neglected business side of farming. He also... Read More →


Friday December 8, 2017 10:15am - 11:45am
East Haybarn

10:15am

Design of Productive Landscapes: Balancing Ecology, Culture and Agriculture
Limited Capacity seats available

Restoration of biodiverse ecological connectivity in the midst of productive farmland has been the hallmark of Nelson Byrd Woltz landscape designs for twenty years. Thomas Woltz will review NBW projects in the US, Tasmania, and New Zealand. Recent public park projects in Tennessee and New York are pioneering change to local and state laws proposing the use of agricultural practices as management tools in public parks and cultural landscapes. Design examples will include pastoral grazing, vineyards, orchards and field crops interwoven with restoration of wetlands, native warm-season grasslands, pollinator meadows, and reforestation creating jobs for ecologists and farmers side by side.

Presenters
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Thomas Woltz

Owner, Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects
Thomas Woltz is the principal and owner of Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects. He was named the Design Innovator of the Year by the Wall Street Journal Magazine in 2013 and invested into the American Society of Landscape Architects Council of Fellows in 2011, among the highest honors achieved in the profession. He leads the firm in applying design excellence to the creation and re invigoration of public space, from parks and urban plazas to campuses, botanic gardens and arboreta. Currently the firm is working on Hudson Yards in NYC and Memorial Park in Houston among many... Read More →


Friday December 8, 2017 10:15am - 11:45am
Kitchen Lab

10:15am

Farmer to Chef: Building a Regional Farm and Food Economy
Limited Capacity seats available

The relationship between farmers and chefs is a major cornerstone of a thriving regional food economy. This workshop starts with the recent history of New York’s regional food distribution within the local food movement. Hear how having a mission-driven business like the Cleaver Co. has an impact on our evolving food economy, while learning the immense value of building relationships between farmers, chefs and distributors.  Mary Cleaver will speak about how to effectively manage a successful farm-focused catering and restaurant business for whole farm purchasing, menu development, waste management, and other strategies for a comprehensive farm to plate model. 


Presenters
avatar for Mary Cleaver

Mary Cleaver

Founder, The Cleaver Co
Mary Cleaver, one of the country’s foremost authorities on sustainable food and local sourcing, is the founder and owner of The Cleaver Co., a full- service event planning and catering operation, and The Green Table, a farm-to-table restaurant in the Chelsea Market. The Cleaver Co also operates two food and beverage kiosks at The Battery in partnership with The Battery Conservancy. Fondly known as Table Green and Table Green... Read More →


Friday December 8, 2017 10:15am - 11:45am
PC I

10:15am

Food Law for Young Farmers
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn how to overcome legal barriers challenging your farm business. Jonathan Brown, the director of Pace Law School’s Food and Beverage Law Clinic, Jennifer Grossman, a member of the Natural Resource Defense Council’s regional food team, and Dave Beveridge, Global Managing Parter and Shearman & Sterling, will introduce farmers to some of the major legal issues that arise as challenges in the development of new farm businesses and establish when farmers should seek legal advice. Using case studies, strategies for business formation, risk management, and land access will be addressed. 

Presenters
avatar for Dave Beveridge

Dave Beveridge

David Beveridge is Shearman & Sterling’s Global Managing Partner. In addition, he serves as the firm’s Practice Group Leader for Capital Markets – Americas and represents both issuers and underwriters in the full spectrum of debt, equity and hybrid security offerings. He has extensive experience with cross-border private equity, acquisition financing, and debt restructuring transactions. Prior to assuming his current firm leadership roles, Mr. Beveridge practiced for more than a decade in the... Read More →
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Jonathan Brown

Director, Pace University - Food Law Clinic
Jonathan Brown is the director of Pace Law School's Food and Beverage Law Clinic.
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Jennifer Grossman

Consultant/Co-Founder, National Resource Defense Council/FarmCo New York
Jennifer Grossman is a consultant for the Natural Resources Defense Council Regional Foodshed Initiative, forging collaborative platforms between rural and urban communities and encouraging economic growth via sustainable local agriculture. With more than 20 years of strategic en... Read More →


Friday December 8, 2017 10:15am - 11:45am
PC II

10:15am

Growing Flowers in a Diversified Farm System
Limited Capacity seats available

Expanding into flowers is a logical step for a small, diversified farm. Flower crops add beauty and profit, as well as attracting pollinators for the vegetables. At Four Season Farm, with the infrastructure already in place, a flower division has been an easy niche to fill. Using our farm as an example, we'll address the various forms a flower business can take, its ups and downs, economies, growing practices, marketing strategies, and ways to add wild species on the farm into the mix. A lecture/slide show, with plan lists provided, will be followed by a perios of questions and group discussion.  

Presenters
avatar for Barbara Damrosch

Barbara Damrosch

Co-Owner and Author, Four Season Farm
Barbara Damrosch is the author of The Garden Primer, Theme Gardens, and The Four Season Farm Gardener's Cookbook (co-authored with her husband Eliot Coleman). From 2003 to 2014 she wrote a weekly column for the Washington Post called "A Cook's Garden."  | | During 1991 and 1992 she appeared as a regular Correspondent on the PBS series The Victory Garden. She and Eliot co-hosted the series Gardening Naturally, on The Learning Channel, which aired from 1994 to 2003. | | From 1979 to 1992 she operated the firm Barbara Damrisch Landscape Design, in Wasington... Read More →


Friday December 8, 2017 10:15am - 11:45am
Main Dining Room

10:15am

One Veggie, Five Ways
Limited Capacity seats available

Explore the creative and culinary potential of one vegetable with Blue Hill at Stone Barns Chef de Cuisine Bastien Guillochon and Sous Chef Alan Hsu. Gain the know-how to increase a vegetable’s value by using every part of the plant, including overlooked and often discarded bits like the peels, stems or roots. Workshop participants will roll up their sleeves and step into the kitchen to put these innovative ideas into practice. 

Presenters
avatar for Bastien Guillochon

Bastien Guillochon

Chef de Cuisine, Blue Hill at Stone Barns
Bastien Guillochon is the Chef de Cuisine at Blue Hill at Stone Barns.
avatar for Alan Hsu

Alan Hsu

Sous Chef, Blue Hill at Stone Barns
Alan Hsu is a sous chef at Blue Hill at Stone Barns.  


Friday December 8, 2017 10:15am - 11:45am
Meet in Silo Lobby

10:15am

Policies to Empower Rural Latino Culture
Limited Capacity seats available

In the United States and throughout Mexico and Central and South America, Latino farmers are systematically left out of decision-making processes. Agriculture and Farm policy significantly impacts Latino rural communities. The National Latino Farmers and Ranchers Trade Association (NLFRTA) is committed to promoting sustainable farm and ranching policy to improve farming operations for Latino-farmworkers. Join NLFRTA President Rudy Arredondo and Executive Director Lorette Picciano as they discuss policies and opportunities to support rural Latino communities.

Presenters
avatar for Rudy Arredondo

Rudy Arredondo

Activist and Advocate/Board Member, The National Latino Farmers & Ranchers Trade Association
Rudy Arredondo Is President of National Latino Farmers and Ranchers Trade Association.  He represents the interests, nationally, of small Latino farmers and ranchers in Washington, DC organizing, dealing with policy, legislation and regulatory issues. He is an active member of the board of directors of the Rural... Read More →
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Lorette Picciano

Executive Director, Rural Coalition
Lorette Picciano has served since 1992 as Executive Director of the Rural Coalition, a Washington, DC-based alliance of more than 60 culturally diverse community based organizations representing small producers and farmworkers in the US and Mexico. She works with RC’s diverse Board and members to promote just and sustainable development in rural areas, particularly in civil rights in agriculture. She has participated in 7 Farm Bill Debates and coordinated a unified effort to assure equal access to USDA programs for farmers, ranchers, and farmworkers helping to secure more than 30 sections of new Farm Bill Policies. Her education includes a BS in Agriculture and Life Sciences from Cornell University in 1976, and an M. Ed. from the University of Hawaii, where she was a participant in the Food Institute of the East-West Center and did fieldwork in the rural Philippines. Prior to joining the Rural Coalition, she worked since 1980 in Washington DC with several interfaith organizations on the farm crisis of the late... Read More →


Friday December 8, 2017 10:15am - 11:45am
PDR

10:15am

Seed Genetics
Limited Capacity seats available

Vegetable production on farms is dependent on seeds and their genetics. Farms strive for genetic traits like overwintering, reliability and productivity, disease resistance, flavor, or distinctiveness. Come learn about approaches for breeding your own vegetables on your farm. Learn about the breeding collaboration between MazLab and other Hudson Valley farms, like Stone Barns Center, that are designed to fit into a working farm.


Presenters
avatar for Jason Grauer

Jason Grauer

Crop Production and Farm Consulting Manager, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
Jason Grauer is crop production manager at Stone Barns Center. With a degree in economics from Tufts University, Jason spent the early part of his career in the financial industry. A year spent volunteering at Stone Barns confirmed his desire to farm full time, and he spent two seasons as one of our apprentices. Jason then developed a rooftop greenhouse for Eli... Read More →
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Michael Mazourek

Associate Professor, Cornell University
Michael Mazourek established a vegetable breeding program which focuses on developing new cultivars for organic farming systems through traditional methods of cross-pollination. His grower-driven traits focus on fungal and insect resistances in regionally adapted backgrounds to provide a reliable, productive, flavorful harvest to drive the consumption of naturally nutritious... Read More →


Friday December 8, 2017 10:15am - 11:45am
Greenhouse

10:15am

Stone Barns Center Tour
Limited Capacity seats available

Join us for a behind-the-scenes view of Stone Barns Center. We’ll explore the farm while discussing our diverse work to build a healthful and sustainable food system.

Presenters
avatar for Jessica Lutz

Jessica Lutz

Senior Programs Manager, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
Jessica Lutz is programs manager at Stone Barns Center. Jessica grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, where her commitment to growing and eating sustainably first began. She moved East to attend Bennington College and then spent 20 years in Vermont helping to found and subsequently direct the first low-residency MFA degree program for visual artists. At Stone Barns Center, Jessica's long-term interest in supporting the development of healthy food systems, providing information and inspiration to others, and engaging in meaningful dialogue about these issues has fully taken... Read More →


Friday December 8, 2017 10:15am - 11:45am
Courtyard

10:15am

Swine Operations at Stone Barns Center: From Farrow to Finish
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn about the innovations and experiments taking place in the Stone Barns Center swine program. Pigs are a valuable asset on our farm. We employ them to eat waste, eradicate invasive species, and create silvopastures. By feeding our pigs waste from the local economy like brewers grain, pre-consumer kitchen scraps, expired dairy, vegetable field waste, and orchard surplus, we’re able to provide them with an adequate diet and justify their services to the farm and ecosystem. We use our pigs like renovators for the forest floor as they interupt invasive species growth and establish a silvopasture for grazing ruminants and poultry. This workshop will also give insight into our breeding program, including artificial insemination, farrowing and ration info for our Red Wattle and Ossabaw-cross sows. 

Presenters
avatar for Phil Haynes

Phil Haynes

Assistant Livestock Manager, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
Phil Haynes is assistant livestock manager at Stone Barns Center. He graduated from Connecticut College with a B.A. in anthropology and botany. While in college, Phil helped his brother manage Ralston Farm, a small specialty produce CSA and livestock farm in their New Jersey hometown. He also worked at Stone Barns Center as a livestock intern in order to pursue his interest in pasture-based, ethical... Read More →


Friday December 8, 2017 10:15am - 11:45am
Library

12:00pm

Lunch



Friday December 8, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Hayloft

1:15pm

Cover Cropping for Vegetable Systems
Limited Capacity seats available

Cover crops provide many soil benefits, including protecting soils from erosion, building soil organic matter, increasing water infiltration and suppressing soil-borne diseases, as well as reducing some annual and perennial weeds. In this workshop, we will look at windows of opportunity for fitting cover crops into vegetable crop rotations. We will look at the biological characteristics and qualities of individual northeastern cover crop species, suggested seeding rates, equipment for establishing and maintaining good stands of cover crops, and when to incorporate cover crops to benefit later plantings of cash crops. We will also look at cover crop options for minimum tillage systems where vegetables like beans, broccoli, cauliflower, and sweet corn are planted directly into cover crops for greater soil health. Join Jean-Paul Courtens as he discusses his learning experiences with cover crops on various vegetable systems in the Hudson valley. 

This workshop will be streamed live on www.facebook.com/stonebarns/


Presenters
avatar for Jean-Paul Courtens

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 Tr... Read More →


Friday December 8, 2017 1:15pm - 2:45pm
West Haybarn

1:15pm

Crop Roundtable: Brooklyn Grange
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn from experienced crop farmers at in-depth roundtable discussions with small groups of beginning farmers. Conversations will revolve around the histories and lessons learned from farmers who have successfully achieved, or are on track to achieve, their goals of economic viability and ecological resilience. Questions and free-flowing dialogue among table groups are highly encouraged.

Presenters
avatar for Ben Flanner

Ben Flanner

CEO and Co-Founder, Brooklyn Grange
Ben Flanner is the Director of Agriculture, CEO, and co-founder of Brooklyn Grange, based in New York City. The 8 year old pioneering business is the world’s largest soil-based rooftop farm.  The business produces and sells vegetables, herbs, hot sauce, and honey on 2 ½ acres of... Read More →


Friday December 8, 2017 1:15pm - 2:45pm
Kitchen Lab

1:15pm

Crop Roundtable: Cate Farm
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn from experienced crop farmers at in-depth roundtable discussions with small groups of beginning farmers. Conversations will revolve around the histories and lessons learned from farmers who have successfully achieved, or are on track to achieve, their goals of economic viability and ecological resilience. Questions and free-flowing dialogue among table groups are highly encouraged.

Presenters
avatar for Richard Wiswall

Richard Wiswall

Organic Farmer, Cate Farm
Richard Wiswall and his wife Sally Colman own and operate Cate Farm in East Montpelier, VT. Richard has been farming there for 33 years, growing and selling organic produce, seedlings and medicinal herbs. Richard consults and gives talks and workshops on the often-neglected business side of farming. He also... Read More →


Friday December 8, 2017 1:15pm - 2:45pm
PDR

1:15pm

Crop Roundtable: Four Season Farm
Limited Capacity full

Learn from experienced crop farmers at in-depth roundtable discussions with small groups of beginning farmers. Conversations will revolve around the histories and lessons learned from farmers who have successfully achieved, or are on track to achieve, their goals of economic viability and ecological resilience. Questions and free-flowing dialogue among table groups are highly encouraged.

Presenters
avatar for Eliot Coleman

Eliot Coleman

Farmer/Author/Educator, Four Season Farm
Eliot Coleman is the author of The New Organic Grower, Four Season Harvest and The Winter Harvest Handbook. He has written extensively on the subject of organic agriculture since 1975, including chapters in scientific books and the foreword to Keeping Food Fresh: Old World Techniques and... Read More →


Friday December 8, 2017 1:15pm - 2:45pm
Kitchen Lab

1:15pm

Crop Roundtable: La Ferme de Quatre Temp/Les Jardins de la Grelinette
Limited Capacity filling up

Learn from experienced crop farmers at in-depth roundtable discussions with small groups of beginning farmers. Conversations will revolve around the histories and lessons learned from farmers who have successfully achieved, or are on track to achieve, their goals of economic viability and ecological resilience. Questions and free-flowing dialogue among table groups are highly encouraged.

Presenters
avatar for Jean-Martin Fortier

Jean-Martin Fortier

Farmer & Author, La Ferme Des Quatre-Temps
Jean-Martin Fortier (JM) is a farmer and owner of La Ferme Des Quatre-Temps, an educator and author specializing in organic and biologically intensive cropping practices. His award-winning book, The Market Gardener, places a strong emphasis on intelligent farm design, appropriate... Read More →


Friday December 8, 2017 1:15pm - 2:45pm
Library

1:15pm

Crop Roundtable: Neversink Farm
Limited Capacity full

Learn from experienced crop farmers at in-depth roundtable discussions with small groups of beginning farmers. Conversations will revolve around the histories and lessons learned from farmers who have successfully achieved, or are on track to achieve, their goals of economic viability and ecological resilience. Questions and free-flowing dialogue among table groups are highly encouraged.

Presenters
avatar for Conor Crickmore

Conor Crickmore

Farmer, Neversink Farm
I own a no till and no tractor farm in NY. I will be hosting a round table on my farm.


Friday December 8, 2017 1:15pm - 2:45pm
PDR

1:15pm

Crop Roundtable: Pie Ranch
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn from experienced crop farmers at in-depth roundtable discussions with small groups of beginning farmers. Conversations will revolve around the histories and lessons learned from farmers who have successfully achieved, or are on track to achieve, their goals of economic viability and ecological resilience. Questions and free-flowing dialogue among table groups are highly encouraged.

Presenters
avatar for Flor Revolorio

Flor Revolorio

Farm Manager, Pie Ranch
Flor Assists manages production and education, holds the CSA, and manages the farm animals at Pie Ranch in Pescadero, CA. Flor is a Guatemalan born and raised in Chicago. Flor loves farming and the things that most inspire her and fuel her interests are soil, justice, and educati... Read More →
avatar for Nancy Vail

Nancy Vail

Co-Founder, Pie Ranch
Nancy is a broadly experienced sustainable food systems farmer, advocate, educator and leader. Previous to co-founding Pie Ranch in 2003, Nancy worked on a number of farms abroad and throughout the United States, eventually landing at UC Santa Cruz's Center for Agroecology and... Read More →


Friday December 8, 2017 1:15pm - 2:45pm
PDR

1:15pm

Crop Roundtable: Sin Fronteras
Limited Capacity filling up

Learn from experienced crop farmers at in-depth roundtable discussions with small groups of beginning farmers. Conversations will revolve around the histories and lessons learned from farmers who have successfully achieved, or are on track to achieve, their goals of economic viability and ecological resilience. Questions and free-flowing dialogue among table groups are highly encouraged.

Presenters
avatar for Eduardo Rivera

Eduardo Rivera

Owner/Farmer, Sin Fronteras Farm and Food
Mario Eduardo Rivera is a 2017 Stone Barns Exchange Fellow. Eduardo is originally from Zacatecas, Mexico, and has lived in the United States for 24 years. Eduardo grew up farming with his grandfather and felt disconnected from the land after moving to the United States. It wasn’t until he had his daughter, now six years old, that he was able to reconnect with the land and his childhood agricultural experiences. Eduardo graduated from high school in Arizona, where he also attended community college. He has held a variety of positions in education, cleanroom medical production, restaurants and construction. After relocating to Minnesota, Eduardo worked at Mississippi Market and Seward Community Co-op, and connected with Latin@ community organizing and outreach nonprofits. Currently, Eduardo is the owner and farmer of... Read More →


Friday December 8, 2017 1:15pm - 2:45pm
Kitchen Lab

1:15pm

Designing and Managing the Moveable Greenhouse
Limited Capacity filling up

With the increased demand for affordable, simple and well-constructed high tunnel structures, Eliot Coleman designed and created a modular movable Cathedral Tunnel at Four Season Farm. For as low as $2 per square foot, you can learn where to source materials, how to fabricate parts and the steps involved in constructing a modular Cathedral Tunnel for your farm or garden. During the session, Clara and Adam will build one of these structures and, in the process, talk about designing for ease of moving, strength, stability and use. The workshop will highlight the potential of moveable houses and suggested cropping and management plans.

Presenters
avatar for Clara Coleman

Clara Coleman

Farm Manager, Four Season Farm
Clara Coleman is a second-generation organic farmer, consultant, writer, TEDx and keynote speaker on sustainable four-season farming and daughter of renowned farming pioneer Eliot Coleman. She created Divide Creek Farm in 2008 – an organic, intensively managed 1.5-acre four-season vegetable farm in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado – with a focus on moveable high tunnels and greenhouses. Clara now... Read More →
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Adam Lemieux

Product Developer, Johnny's Selected Seeds
Adam Lemieux is the product manager and new product developer of Tools and Supplies for Johnny’s Selected Seeds. He works with experienced growers like Eliot Coleman, Jack Algiere, Jean-Martin Fortier, and other members of the Slow Tools Group to bring scale-appropriate tools to... Read More →


Friday December 8, 2017 1:15pm - 2:45pm
Greenhouse

1:15pm

Fungi and Farming
Limited Capacity filling up

This presentation/hands on workshop will cover the basics of mushroom cultivation. Mushrooms are an excellent main crop, or value added product for farmers. Most gourmet and medicinal mushrooms will grow readily on agricultural waste products. We will go through the process of preparing small kits with Oyster Mushroom spawn for everyone to take home.

Presenters
avatar for William Padilla-Brown

William Padilla-Brown

Mycologist, MycoSymbiotics
William Padilla-Brown is a social entrepreneur, citizen scientist, mycologist, amateur phycologist, urban shaman, poet and father to his beloved 3-year old son, Leo.  In 2014, he established Community Compassion, a nonprofit focused on radical sustainability, based in New Cumberland, PA... Read More →


Friday December 8, 2017 1:15pm - 2:45pm
PC I

1:15pm

Looking Back and Moving Forward to Create Just Food Systems
Limited Capacity seats available

In this workshop, we will explore opportunities for cross-sector movement building to achieve just food systems. Together, participants will create a movement timeline that looks back on the last 115 years of food and farm justice organizing, with an emphasis on struggles led – and won – by communities of color. We’ll dig into the confluence of today’s pressing issues and identify ways to cultivate greater power through our collective organizing efforts, using HEAL Food Alliance's Real Food Platform to inform our discussion.


Presenters
avatar for Navina Khanna

Navina Khanna

Director, HEAL Food Alliance
Navina Khanna is the Director of the HEAL (Health, Environment, Agriculture, Labor) Food Alliance, a national multi-sector, multi-racial coalition of food and farm justice organizations.  She's worked as an educator, community organizer, and policy advocate toward justice through transforming agri-food systems. Based in Oakland, Navina serves on the Board of Richmond's Urban Tilth and organizes with #Asians4BlackLives. She is a Fellow at Movement Strategy Center, and in 2014, her work was recognized with a James Beard Leadership... Read More →


Friday December 8, 2017 1:15pm - 2:45pm
East Haybarn

1:15pm

Stone Barns Center Livestock Tour
Limited Capacity filling up

Join Stone Barns Livestock Manager Fiona Harrar for a behind-the-scenes view of the livestock operation at Stone Barns. You’ll visit the pastures, the ewes and laying hens in the barnyard, and the poultry processing facility, while discussing the farm’s rotational grazing system, waste feed programs, eggmobiles, turkey operation, sheep breeding program and more.

Presenters
avatar for Fiona Harrar

Fiona Harrar

Livestock Manager and Herdswoman, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
Fiona Harrar is livestock manager and herdswoman at Stone Barns Center. Originally from West Virginia, she discovered farming while traveling in Scotland after finishing a B.A. in Spanish from Hobart and William Smith Colleges. She spent several years working on a variety of farm... Read More →


Friday December 8, 2017 1:15pm - 2:45pm
Courtyard

3:00pm

Closing Ceremony: Worksongs
Join Edith + Bennett  and the entire Stone Barns staff in closing out this year's Young Farmers Conference in song.

Presenters
avatar for Edith Gawler

Edith Gawler

Edith Gawler grew up in Maine as a member of the legendary Gawler Family Band.  She plays fiddle, banjo and upright bass, and belts out songs in a rich sonorous alto. Not long ago, Edith finished her architectural thesis at Syracuse University, which looks to draw on the principles of the local sustainable food movement as a model for a new architecture. When not singing in the fields with Bennett Konesni, she works as a... Read More →
avatar for Bennett Konesni

Bennett Konesni

Farmer, Owner / Co-Founder & Chief / Musician, Duckback Farm / Sylvestor Manor Educational Farm / worksongs.org
Bennett Konesni is a farmer/musician who owns Duckback Farm in Belfast, Maine.  He has spent 20 years using worksongs on farms and at sea, in over a dozen countries, and he curates www.worksongs.org to share songs and how-tos. He is also the co-founder and chief ambassador of Sylvester Manor Educational... Read More →


Friday December 8, 2017 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Courtyard