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Wednesday, December 6


Climate Change Mitigation: Moving Forward
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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. 

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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 opportunities within agriculture to both adapt to and mitigate climate change.Before joining UCS, Dr. DeLonge was a... 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 worked as an associat... Read More →

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


Edible Landscapes Tour
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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.

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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... Read More →

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


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.

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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 regions launch and grow chapters of NYFC... Read More →
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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


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/

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Tyler Dennis

Farmer and Owner, Alewife Farm
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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... Read More →
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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... Read More →
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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


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. 

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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 Valley... Read More →

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


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. 

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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... Read More →
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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 steadily over its 8 years, adding leased land and... Read More →
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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... Read More →

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


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. 

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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 farmer’s markets. Ms. Alle... Read More →

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


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
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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


Wise Words From Well Seasoned Farmers
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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.

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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 accomplishments... Read More →
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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... Read More →
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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... Read More →
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Karen Washington

Farmer, Rise and 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 she was the recipient of the James Beard Leadership Award... Read More →

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