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Session D [clear filter]
Thursday, December 7


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.

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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 farms... 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 years... Read More →

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


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.

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Connor Stedman

Lead Designer, 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 Planning from the University of Vermont... Read More →

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


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.

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Jean-Paul Courtens

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

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

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

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


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.

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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... 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 Farm on Shelter Island, NY... Read More →

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


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

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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 →
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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 the facilities... Read More →

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


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/

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Rebecca McMackin

Director 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 microorganisms.In... Read More →

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


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.

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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... 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 100% of their own manufactuing they will only have to pay a technology license fee for fiv... 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 Recipes by the garde... Read More →
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Adam Lemieux

Product Manager, Johnny's Selected Seeds
Adam Lemieux is the product manager of Tools and Supplies at 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 market for small commercial... Read More →

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


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.

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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 Biology and in Genetics and Cell Biology from the University of Minnesota, a Masters in Environmental Microbiology from West Virginia University, and a Ph.D. in Soil Science from the University of Maryland. Dr. Nichols has worked as a Soil Microbiologist with the USDA... Read More →

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


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. 

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Phil Haynes

Assistant Livestock Manager, Stone Barns Center
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... 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 Chantarelle in Manhattan. He has also... 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