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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 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.

Click here to view the 2016 Young Farmers Conference Schedule


LIVESTREAM
These special workshops will be streamed live on this page on December 7 and 8 (all times are EST):

Wednesday December 7
11:00am: Farms as Agents of Social Change
2:00pm:  How to Manage Farm Business Management Early On
3:45pm:  Understanding Customer Behavior at Farmers Markets

Thursday December 8
9:15am: Acta Non-Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project
11:00am: Carbon Farming
2:00pm: Panel: Grassfed Grazing
3:45pm: Land Access for Urban Farmers

Last year’s livestreamed workshops:
Crop Rotation
Growing and Marketing Cut Flowers
Know Your Supplier
Farm Mechanization Tools for Increased Efficiency
Swine Nutrition and Management


LOTTERY REGISTRATION
Due to high interest, registration for the conference was by lottery. Beginning farmers (farming for more than one year and less than 10) were be given registration preference.

Lottery registration closed at 5:00 pm on September 19.

This year, the conference will span 3 days: December 7, 8 and 9. The cost is $285.

SCHOLARSHIPS
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 closed on August 20.

SPONSORSHIP
The Young Farmers Conference is presented with support from generous sponsors and partners. For information about 2016 sponsorship opportunities, please contact Laura Neil at lauran@stonebarnscenter.org.

CALL FOR PROPOSALS
The call for proposals is now closed.

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


SNEAK PEAK OF 2016 YOUNG FARMERS CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS

Crops
Profitable Market Gardening | Carbon Farming; Regenerative Agriculture for Climate Stabilization | Seed Breeding | Food Waste Cycles at Stone Barns | No-Till Agriculture

Business
Accounting for Farmers | Find Your Cost of Production and Profitability | Stealing Supermarket Savvy | Starting a Non-Profit Farm

Land Access 
Find Your Farm | Land Access for Urban Farmers

Livestock
Necropsy for Farmers | Grassfed Grazing Panel | Pastured Rabbit for Profit

Technical 
Small Engine Mechanics | New Tools and Appropriate Technology for the Small Farm | Designing and Managing the Moveable Greenhouse

Resources
Know Your Buyer | Ending Racism in Farming & Food | Worksongs for Small Farms

Culinary
The Future of Grains with Dan Barber | Whole Animal Butchery | Farmer-Chef Roundtables


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’

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