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 8-9, 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.
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. Tickets are $200, or $100 per day.
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 20.
The Young Farmers Conference is presented with support from generous sponsors and partners. For information about 2016 sponsorship opportunities, please contact Laura Neil at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CALL FOR PROPOSALS
The call for proposals is now closed.
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THIS IS HOW WE DO IT: FARMER ROUNDTABLE DAY, DECEMBER 7
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.
There is no lottery for this day and tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Ticket registration will open on October 5. Tickets are $75. More info to come.
Click here to see the brochure from last year’s “This Is How We Do It” conference.
SNEAK PEAK OF 2016 YOUNG FARMERS CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS
Profitable Market Gardening | Carbon Farming; Regenerative Agriculture for Climate Stabilization | Seed Breeding | Food Waste Cycles at Stone Barns | No-Till Agriculture
Accounting for Farmers | Find Your Cost of Production and Profitability | Stealing Supermarket Savvy | Starting a Non-Profit Farm
Find Your Farm | Land Access for Urban Farmers
Necropsy for Farmers | Grassfed Grazing Panel | Pastured Rabbit for Profit
Small Engine Mechanics | New Tools and Appropriate Technology for the Small Farm | Designing and Managing the Moveable Greenhouse
Know Your Buyer | Ending Racism in Farming & Food | Worksongs for Small Farms
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.
PRESS ABOUT THE YOUNG FARMERS CONFERENCE
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’