The Young Farmers Conference
Every December, over 250 beginning farmers from across the United States gather at Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture to learn from agricultural luminaries, peers, and advocacy organizations at the National Young Farmers Conference: Reviving the Culture of Agriculture. On December 4-6, 2013, Stone Barns Center will host the 6th annual National Young Farmers Conference, providing participants with access to inspiring keynotes and more than 65 unique workshops that address soil science, technical skills, agricultural policy, farm business management, marketing, and more.
THE 2013 NATIONAL YOUNG FARMERS CONFERENCE IS SOLD OUT!
Click here to view the 2013 conference brochure.
• September 16: Scholarship applications posted
• September 23: Deadline for scholarship applications
• October 3: Scholarships recipients announced
• October 4: Lottery-based registration opens
• October 11: Lottery-based registration closes at 5PM EST
• October 16: Lottery results announced
• December 4: Pre-conferences, Farmscape
• December 5: National Young Farmers Conference
• December 6: National Young Farmers Conference
Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture
630 Bedford Road
Pocantico Hills, NY 10591
Stone Barns Center is offering a limited number of scholarships for the 2013 National Young Farmers Conference. The deadline for applications was 5PM EST on Monday, September 23, 2013. Scholarship recipients were notified on October 3.
This year, registration for the conference was by lottery. Beginning farmers (10 years farming or less) were given registration preference. The 2013 lottery has closed.
- We are thrilled to announce that this year’s keynote address will be delivered by Wendell Berry, poet, author, essayist and farmer, and Mary Berry, Executive Director of The Berry Center.
- Over 65 in-depth workshops on technical and business topics led by farmers and agricultural experts.
- Conference addresses by Krysta Harden, Deputy Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture; Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, 1st District of Maine; Cheryl Rogowski of W. Rogowski Farm; Klaas and Mary-Howell Martens of Lakeview Organic Grain and Dan Barber, Executive Chef and Co-owner of Blue Hill at Stone Barns.
- Farming Smarter, Not Harder, a pre-conference session led by Richard Wiswall, owner of Cate Farm and author of the Organic Farmer’s Business Handbook.
- Sustainable Hog Production: Practical Approaches to Fit Your Farm, a pre-conference session led by Tom Frantzen, owner of Frantzen Family Farm, a 385-acre organic grain and livestock farm in northeastern Iowa.
- A performance of Farmscape, a readers’ theater production written by the creative writing students of Iowa Poet Laureate and award winning author, Mary Swander.
- An expanded Farm Business Planning Track focused on providing the tools that beginning farmers need to establish economically viable farms.
- One-on-one consulting sessions with experts in farm business planning, farm financing, and food law.
- A seed swap featuring donated seeds from Johnny’s Selected Seeds, High Mowing Organic Seeds, Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co., and Fruition Seeds.
- Farming Smarter, Not Harder Pre-conference: $50
- Sustainable Hog Production Pre-conference: $50
- Full Conference (not including pre-conference sessions): $180
- Thursday Only: $90
- Friday Only: $90
Conference fees include breakfast, lunch and dinner on Thursday and breakfast and lunch on Friday.
LODGING AND TRANSPORTATION
All conference attendees and presenters should plan to cover their lodging and travel expenses to and from the conference. A block of rooms has been set aside for a reduced rate at the Sheraton Tarrytown, located at 600 White Plains Road, Tarrytown, NY 10591. To make room reservations, click here.
The National Young Farmers Conference is presented with support from generous sponsors and partners. For information about 2013 sponsorship opportunities, please contact Erica Helms at email@example.com.
PRESS ABOUT THE NATIONAL YOUNG FARMERS CONFERENCE
- 2012: New York Times, Satisfying the Need for Dirty Fingernails
- 2011: National Public Radio, Who are the Young Farmers of ‘Generation Organic’