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 7-9, 2016, Stone Barns Center will host the 9th 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.
IMPORTANT DATES FOR THE 2016 YOUNG FARMERS CONFERENCE
Preconference: December 7
Main Conference: December 8-9
Call for Workshop Proposals Opens: April 18
Call for Workshop Proposals Closes: June 13
Scholarship Application Process Opens: August 1
Scholarship Application Process Closes: August 10
Attendee Registration Lottery Opens: September 6
Attendee Registration Lottery Closes: September 19
CALL FOR PROPOSALS
This year, registration for the conference will be by lottery. Beginning farmers (farming 10 years or less) will be given registration preference. Lottery registration will open at 9:00 am on September 6 and close at 5:00 pm on September 19.
Stone Barns Center offers a limited number of scholarships to this year’s conference, for farmers who otherwise would not be able to attend. The application process will open at 9:00 am on August 1 and close at 5:00 pm on August 10.
2015 YOUNG FARMERS CONFERENCE LIVESTREAM
A portion of the 2015 Young Farmers Conference was livestreamed and is now archived for viewing.
Watch select workshops and the keynote address:
Thursday, December 3
Know Your Supplier: A Panel Discussion on Farmers and Food Companies Working Toward Building a Locally Sourced Food System // Anna Castellani, Foragers; Beth Forster, Blue Apron; Ashley Mueller, Greenmarket Co; Matthew Preston, Dig Inn; Jim Brinkley, Mrs. Green’s Natural Market Food Group; Jason Grauer, Stone Barns Center
Swine Nutrition and Management //Casey Rogers, The Fertrell Company
Profitable Market Gardening //Jean-Martin Fortier and Maude-Hélène Desroches, Les Jardins de la Grelinette
Conference Keynote // Mark Bittman, renowned author and former New York Times columnist, in conversation with Stone Barns Center Executive Director Jill Isenbarger.
Crop Rotation // Jack Algiere, Stone Barns Center
Farm Mechanization Tools for Increased Efficiency // Richard Wiswall, Cate Farm
Growing and Marketing Cut Flowers// Shannon Algiere, Stone Barns Center
Read more about these and other workshops in the conference brochure.
PRECONFERENCE: THIS IS HOW WE DO IT: LEARNING FROM SUCCESSFUL FARM MODELS, DECEMBER 2
Stone Barns Center will host a full day of roundtable 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 is closed.
These 12 farms will be hosting roundtable discussions:
Alewife Farm, Amawalk Farm, Clay Bottom Farm, D Acres of New Hampshire, Even’ Star Organic Farm, Kilpatrick Family Farm, Pie Ranch, Roxbury Farm/Hudson Valley Farm Hub, Salamander Springs Farm, Soul Fire Farm, Yard Birds Farm, Vida Verde Farm
Read the preconference brochure.
MAIN CONFERENCE, DECEMBER 3 and 4
2015 LOTTERY AND REGISTRATION
This year, participants for the main conference, on December 3 and 4, were selected by lottery. Beginning farmers (10 years farming or less) were given preference.
The Young Farmers Conference lottery is now closed.
Lottery results have been emailed to all applicants.
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
email@example.com – 914 366 6200 x134
PRESS ABOUT THE 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 brochure.
Click here to view the 2013 conference brochure.