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Thursday, December 5 • 9:15am - 12:15pm
Field Day: Explore the entire Stone Barns campus and participate in hands-on activations and action-oriented conversations for beginning farmers.

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Explore the entire Stone Barns campus and participate in hands-on activations and action-oriented conversations for beginning farmers. Come prepared to:

  • WATCH farmer interviews by Heritage Radio Network LIVE on Facebook or 
  • Mobile Poultry Coops & Over-Wintering Laying Hens [Stone Barns Center]MycoSymbiotics [MycoSymbiotics]
  • Soil Testing [Solvita]
  • Herbs, Spices & Flowers in Value-Added Products [Sage's Larder]
  • Slow Tools [Johnny's Selected Seeds, Skyfall Flowers, Stone Barns Center]
  • Apple Tree Pruning & Fruit Q&A [Stone Barns Center, Hudson Valley Research Laboratory]
  • Swine Butchery & Cooking Techniques [Blue Hill at Stone Barns]
    • 9:15 Primal Cuts
    • 10:15 Specialty Cuts
    • 11:15 Whole-Pig Utilization & Tasting
  • Reparations Map Sign-Up & Farming While Black Book Sale [Northeast Farmers of Color Land Trust/Soul Fire Farm]
  • Building Your Brand & Storytelling Practice [The New Food Economy]
  • Press Interview & Pitch Practice [Mother Jones] Grow Your Wholesale Market [Natoora]
  • Job Seekers & Posters: Q&A with GFJ [Good Food Jobs]
  • Sign Petitions & Call Your Representatives [National Young Farmers Coalition, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition]
  • Farmer/Landowner Matching & Land Trusts [Hudson Valley Farmlink Network, Westchester Land Trust]
  • Connect with Whole Foods Market’s Local Forager [Whole Foods Market]
  • Map Your Pastures [PastureMap, Stone Barns Center] 
  • Farms as Research Labs [Stone Barns Center]
  • Bee Q&A & Stone Barns Honey Tasting [Stone Barns Center]
  • Farm Machine & Tool Repair [Stone Barns Center]
  • Seed Corner: Sharing, Trialing, Breeding [Indigenous Seedkeepers Network/Sierra Seeds, Johnny’s Selected Seeds, Pick A Carrot, Row 7, SeedLinked]
These sessions are by appointment. If you did not sign up already, please check at the registration desk for openings.
  • One-on-One with Jack Algiere [Stone Barns Center]
  • Mentor Matchmaking with Karen Washington [Rise and Root Farm]
  • Roundtable with Fred Kirschenmann [Stone Barns Center/Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture]
  • Business Consulting with Julia Shanks [Julia Shanks Food Consulting/The Farmer’s Office]
  • Digital & Marketing Consultation with Meghan Goria [Stone Barns Center]

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Jose Morquecho

Blue Hill at Stone Barns
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Jack Algiere

Farm Director, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
Jack Algiere is farm director at Stone Barns Center. Jack graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a degree in horticulture and has been actively farming since the early 1990s. His lifetime of experience in organic, biodynamic and ecological systems brings a broad diversity... Read More →
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Karen Washington

Farmer, Rise and Root Farm
Karen is Co-owner/Farmer at Rise & Root Farm. In 2010 she co-founded Black Urban Growers (BUGS), an organization supporting growers in both urban and rural settings. In 2012, Ebony magazine voted her one of their 100 most influential African Americans in the country and in 2014 she was the recipient of the James Beard Leadership Award... Read More →
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Julia Shanks

Principal, Julia Shanks Food Consulting/The Farmer's Office
Julia Shanks helps prepare food and farming entrepreneurs for growth through business planning, cash flow planning and financial feasibility studies. She is the author of The Farmer’s Office: Tools, Tips and Templates to Successfully Manage a Growing Farm Business. You can learn... Read More →
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Adam Lemieux

Product Manager, Johnny's Selected Seeds
Adam Lemieux is the product manager of Tools and Supplies at Johnny’s Selected Seeds. He works with experienced growers like Eliot Coleman, Jack Algiere, Jean-Martin Fortier, and other members of the Slow Tools Group to bring scale-appropriate tools to market for small commercial... Read More →
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John DiMarco

Facilities Manager, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
John DiMarco is facilities manager at Stone Barns Center. John has worked in the field of auto and truck mechanics and heavy equipment operations for 34 years, and has also worked as a service manager for a national company specializing in organic and environmentally sustainable tree... Read More →
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Maggie Schwed

Beekeeper/Livestock Asst, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
Maggie Schwed is livestock assistant and beekeeper at Stone Barns Center. She first came to Stone Barns in 2007 and volunteered for two years, first in the fields and greenhouse and then with livestock, before joining the staff. Her previous farm experience includes a season at Bobolink... Read More →
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William Padilla-Brown

Educator, MycoSymbiotics
William Padilla-Brown is a social entrepreneur, citizen scientist, mycologist, amateur phycologist, urban shaman, poet and father to his beloved 3-year old son, Leo. In 2014, he established Community Compassion, a nonprofit focused on radical sustainability, based in New Cumberland... Read More →
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Ariana Taylor-Stanley

Northeast Regional Organizer / Farmer, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition / Here We Are Farm
Ariana works to educate, connect, and empower grassroots food and farm groups in the northeast. She also co-owns and operates Here We Are Farm in Trumansburg, NY, growing vegetables for CSA and farmers markets. She is active in her community as a chapter leader of Showing Up for Racial J... Read More →
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Leah Penniman

Co-Director, Soul Fire Farm Institute, Inc
Leah Penniman is a Black Kreyol educator, farmer/peyizan, author, and food justice activist from Soul Fire Farm in Grafton, NY. She co-founded Soul Fire Farm in 2011 with the mission to end racism in the food system and reclaim our ancestral connection to land.
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Rowen White

Educational Director, Sierra Seeds
Rowen White is a Seed Keeper/farmer from the Mohawk community of Akwesasne and a passionate activist for indigenous seed and food sovereignty. She is the Educational Director and lead mentor of the Sierra Seeds, an innovative organic seed stewardship organization focusing on local... Read More →
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William F Brinton

Owner, Founder, Woods End Soil Laboratory
Will Brinton is the inventor of the Solvita and the founder of Woods End Laboratories in Maine. He grew up in Pennsylvania, and attended agricultural boarding school in Ohio. He managed a 15-acre organic vegetable & goat farm in Maine, and trained abroad earning degrees while studying... Read More →
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Fred Kirschenmann

Distinguished Fellow / President of the Board, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Stone Barns Center
Born on a North Dakota farm during the Great Depression and in the grips of the worst drought in U.S. history, Fred Kirschenmann has spent most of his life working to change how we farm, as well as our relationship to the land.For more than four decades, Fred has been a champion of... Read More →
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Laura Perkins

Gardens and Landscape Manager, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
Laura Perkins is formal gardens and landscape manager at Stone Barns Center. She spent much of her childhood on a family homestead in the Catskills, where she grew to love farm work and life. Early in her career she moved to a farm-focused community in California, working on farms... Read More →
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Jovan Sage

Herbalist, Doula, Wellness Coach & Grower, Sage's Larder
Jovan Sage’s days are steeped in transforming seeds into plants and plants into enriching teas, hearty medicine and delicious dishes. As the alchemist behind Sage’s Larder, she guides people to find their own healing and resiliency through food, tea and plants. Sage is also the... Read More →
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Christine Su

CEO, PastureMap
Christine Su is the CEO and co-founder of PastureMap, a software platform helping ranchers make more profits building healthy grasslands. At PastureMap, Christine has invested in statewide partnerships with the USDA to build soil carbon data into PastureMap's grazing management and... Read More →
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Roger Brady

Buyer, Natoora
Roger Brady is a buyer and product manager at Natoora in New York.
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David Howard

Northeast Campaigns Director, National Young Farmers Coalition
As the Northeast Campaigns Director for the National Young Farmers Coalition, David pursues state policy change in the region to remove barriers to success and help young farmers grow their businesses. In the ten years prior to joining Young Farmers, David served in various roles... Read More →

Çaca Yvaire

Northeast Farmers of Color Land Trust

Stephanie Morningstar

Northeast Farmers of Color Land Trust
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Meghan Goria

Digital Strategy and Fundraising Director, Stone Barns Center
Meghan Goria is Director of Digital Strategy and Fundraising at Stone Barns Center. Prior to joining the team at Stone Barns Center, she worked in the marketing department at the Metropolitan Opera, overseeing a global effort to increase awareness of the art form through traditional... Read More →
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Nicolas Enjalbert

Breeder, SeedLinked
Nicolas brings a broad vision and passion for what is possible in the seed industry founded in his years of private sector plant breeding in multinational seed companies in Europe and the United States. His expertise in data architecture, crop modeling, fundamental breeding techniques... Read More →
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Kate Cox

The New Food Economy
Kate Cox joined The New Food Economy after several years reporting on the American age boom for radio and text as a freelance health reporter. She has written extensively about end-of-life issues, elder incarceration, and the plight of living organ donors, and she reported and produced The... Read More →
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Tom Philpott

Mother Jones
Tom Philpott has been the food and agriculture correspondent at Mother Jones since 2011, and co-host of the magazine’s food politics podcast, Bite. His award-winning writing on food politics has appeared in numerous publications. He has worked as a line cook at a steakhouse, a community... Read More →
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Maddie Oatman

Mother Jones
Maddie Oatman is a story editor at Mother Jones, where she also writes about the environment, food, and culture. She is the executive producer and co-host of the magazine’s food politics podcast, Bite. Her work has been published in several other outlets and featured in The Best... Read More →
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Shane Hardy

Senior Land Manager, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
Shane Hardy is senior land manager at Stone Barns Center. He grew up across the river in Nyack, N.Y., and has worked on farms in New York’s Finger Lakes region, Orange County and Rockland County. He is thrilled to be working here at home in the southern Hudson Valley and pursuing... Read More →
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Kelly Landrieu

Global Coordinator - Local Brands, Whole Foods Market
As Global Coordinator of Local Brands at Whole Foods Market, Kelly Landrieu works closely with the company’s regional foragers and buyers to ensure strong, win-win partnerships with local producers across all product categories. A longtime local food advocate who has worked in the... Read More →
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Jared Tomlin

Livestock Processor Assistant, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
Jared Tomlin is Livestock Processor Assistant at Stone Barns Center. The importance of local, small-scale agriculture was first introduced to Jared during his education in culinary arts at New England Culinary Institute in Montpelier, Vermont. While studying, Jared had the opportunity... Read More →
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Michael Mazourek

Row 7 Seed Company/Cornell University
Michael Mazourek is the co-founder of Row 7 Seed Company and an Associate Professor of Plant Breeding and Genetics at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. Michael’s work in agriculture began as a child growing butternut squash, cucumbers, peas and peppers in his family’s garden... Read More →
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Taylor Cocalis

Good Food Jobs
Taylor's path to food enlightenment started long before founding Good Food Jobs...At Cornell University she studied Hospitality Management and then completed a Masters in Food Culture at the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Parma, Italy. The program afforded her the opportunity... Read More →
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Dorothy Neagle

Good Food Jobs
Dorothy was born and raised on a small farm in Kentucky...She was ready to escape the rural life in pursuit of her studies at Cornell University, which led to a career in Interior Design in New York City. Following a traditional career path had worked out beautifully on paper, but... Read More →

Caitlin Arnold

National Young Farmers Coalition

Kara Whelan

Westchester Land Trust/Hudson Valley Farmlink Network

Tania Cubberly

Skyfall Flowers
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Trevor Swope

Blue Hill at Stone Barns
Trevor Swope is the Culinary Director at Blue Hill at Stone Barns.

Thursday December 5, 2019 9:15am - 12:15pm EST
Stone Barns Center