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Thursday, December 7


Changing the Way a Generation Thinks About Food
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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/

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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 restaurant’s consistent status as the best restaurant in the world... Read More →

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


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. 

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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 research... 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... Read More →

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


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.

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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 →
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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... Read More →

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


Farming Smarter Not Harder: Planning for Profit
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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.

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Richard Wiswall

Owner/operator, Cate Farm
Richard Wiswall and his wife Sally Colman own and operate Cate Farm in East Montpelier, VT. Richard has been farming there for 38 years, growing and selling organic produce, seedlings and medicinal herbs. Richard consults and gives talks and workshops on the often-neglected busin... Read More →

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


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. 

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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 →

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


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. 

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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 Un... Read More →
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Boris Martinez

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 →
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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 education. Flor is a city person at heart, but has loved living in small/rural communities for the past 5 years... 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 including farmwork before settling on the east end of Long Island 12 years ago. A... Read More →

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


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.

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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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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


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.

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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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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... Read More →

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