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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 REGISTRATION
This year, registration for the main conference, on December 3 & 4, will be by lottery. Beginning farmers (10 years farming or less) will be given registration preference. The lottery will open on September 8 and close September 15. Accepted attendees will then need to register for conference workshops. Registration opens on October 7 and closes October 16. Registration fee is $200, or $100 per day.

CALL FOR PROPOSALS
The call for proposals is now closed.

SCHOLARSHIPS
Stone Barns Center offers a limited number of farmer scholarships to this year’s conference.
The call for scholarship applications is now closed.

SPONSORSHIP
The Young Farmers Conference is presented with support from generous sponsors and partners. For information about 2015 sponsorship opportunities, please contact Laura Neil at lauran@stonebarnscenter.org

 

SNEAK PEEK OF 2015 YOUNG FARMERS CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS

Preconference, December 2
Learn from Successful Farm Models: Pie RanchKilpatrick Family FarmClay Bottom Farm

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

 

GENERAL INQUIRIES
yfc@stonebarnscenter.org  -  
914 366 6200 x134

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.