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Wednesday, December 6
 

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... 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... 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... 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
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 Anya Montague

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
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... 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
avatar for Shane Bernardo

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-Caribbean... 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
avatar for Lee Miller

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... 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
avatar for Derek Cummings

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 th... Read More →
avatar for Davon Goodwin

Davon Goodwin

Farmer, OTL Farm
Davon Goodwin was 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... Read More →
avatar for Debbie Hanmer

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... Read More →
avatar for Ezekiel Jones

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 re... 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
avatar for Lorrie Clevenger

Lorrie Clevenger

Farmer, Rise and Root Farm
avatar for Jahshana Olivierre

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... Read More →
avatar for Arian Rivera

Arian Rivera

Shepherd and Flock Manager, Lowland Farm
avatar for Karen Washington

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 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
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... 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 steadily over its 8 years, adding leased land and... 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 projects started along with 950 shiitake mushroom logs in production. Greg has... Read More →


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