Every December, hundreds of beginning farmers from across the United States gather at Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in Pocantico Hills, New York to learn from agricultural luminaries, peers, and advocacy organizations at the Young Farmers Conference. On December 2-4, 2015, Stone Barns Center will host the 8th annual Young Farmers Conference, providing participants with access to inspiring keynotes and unique workshops that address soil science, technical skills, agricultural policy, farm business management, conservation and more.
PRECONFERENCE: THIS IS HOW WE DO IT: LEARNING FROM SUCCESSFUL FARM MODELS
On December 2, 2015, Stone Barns Center will host a full day of round-table conversations with established farmers who have successfully achieved their goals of economic viability and ecological resilience and want to share their knowledge with beginning farmers. Preconference registration opens on October 7 and closes October 16. No lottery registration required. Registration fee is $75.
MAIN CONFERENCE LOTTERY AND REGISTRATION
This year, participants for the main conference, on December 3 & 4, will be selected by lottery. Beginning farmers (10 years farming or less) will be given preference. The lottery will open on September 8 and close September 21, 5pm EST.
The Young Farmers Conference lottery is now closed.
Lottery results will be emailed to all applicants by October 6. Accepted attendees will then be asked to register for conference workshops. The registration fee is $200, or $100 per day.
CALL FOR PROPOSALS
The call for proposals is now closed.
Stone Barns Center offers a limited number of farmer scholarships to this year’s conference.
The call for scholarship applications is now closed.
The Young Farmers Conference is presented with support from generous sponsors and partners. For information about 2015 sponsorship opportunities, please contact Laura Neil at firstname.lastname@example.org
SNEAK PEEK OF 2015 YOUNG FARMERS CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS
Main Conference, December 3 and 4
Crops: Profitable Market Gardening Winter Cropping No-Till Organic Vegetable Production Carbon Farming: Regenerative Agriculture for Climate Stabilization
Business: Find your Cost of Production and Profitability Easy Marketing Strategy that Works Farm to Taste: Helping Customers Make the Most of Your Products Making it Happen: Farm Profitability & Business Acumen
Land Access & Policy: Understanding and Using Leases to Gain Access to Land What’s Policy Got to Do with Farming?
Livestock: Poultry Processing Swine Nutrition & Management Whole Animal Butchery Animal Rotation
Technical Training: Small Engine Mechanics Designing and Managing the Moveable Greenhouse
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PRESS ABOUT THE NATIONAL YOUNG FARMERS CONFERENCE
2014: The Wall Street Journal, Rookie Farmers Get the Dirt on How to Make it Work
2014: The Journal News, Young Farmers: the New Face of the Local Food Movement
2014: Innovation Trail, Teaching Sustainable Business to Young Farmers
2014: The Huffington Post, Where Agriculture and Climate Change Meet
2014: New York Times, Dot Earth: On Smaller Farms, Including Organic Farms, Technology and Tradition Meet
2012: New York Times, Satisfying the Need for Dirty Fingernails
2011: National Public Radio, Who are the Young Farmers of ‘Generation Organic’
Click here to see and hear presentations from the 2014 Young Farmers Conference.
Click here to view the 2014 Conference Program.
Click here to view the 2013 Conference Brochure.