Young Farmers Conference at Stone Barns (Photo by Ben Hider)

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 6-8, 2017, Stone Barns Center will host its 10th 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.

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Due to high interest, registration for the 2017 Young Farmers Conference will be by lottery. Beginning farmers (farming for more than one year and less than 10) will be given registration preference.
Lottery registration opens at 9am on September 6.
The cost of the 3-day conference is $295.

Stone Barns Center offers a limited number of scholarships to farmers who lack the funds to purchase a conference ticket.
The application process opens in early August – exact date TBD.

The Young Farmers Conference is presented with support from generous sponsors and partners. For information about 2017 sponsorship opportunities, please contact Maggie Nolin at

There will be no call for proposals this year.




Click here to view the 2016 Young Farmers Conference Schedule

Grassfed Grazing, Parts 1 & 2


Land Access for Urban Farmers


Carbon Farming


Acta Non-Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project


 Understanding Customer Behavior at Farmers Markets


 How to Master Farm Business Management Early On


Farms as Agents of Social Change

Farms as Agents of Social Change Slides – please follow along with this if you’re having trouble seeing slides in the video

Click here to see and hear presentations from the 2015 Young Farmers Conference.

Click here to see and hear presentations from the 2014 Young Farmers Conference.

Click here to view the 2015 conference brochure.

Click here to view the 2014 conference brochure.

Click here to view the 2013 conference brochure.


2016: Atlanta Black Star, With a Desire to Control Access to Good, Healthy Food, More Young Black People are Returning to Farming

2016: Fusion, These young farmers are overturning an industry in serious need of a facelift

2016: Fusion Media, Young farmers have a lot more than just food growing on their plates

2015: National Geographic, Planting New Farmers for the Future of Food

2015: Civil Eats, For Young Farmers, Big Questions Surface at National Gathering

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’