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Fred Kirschenmann

Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture/Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
Distinguished Fellow / President of the Board
Ames, IA / Pocantico Hills, NY

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 work—resilient, sustainable agriculture focused on the health and restoration of the soil—into an international movement.