Please join us at Stone Barns Center in early December for a gathering of beginning farmers, chefs and leaders in the food and agriculture movement to explore practical approaches and innovative ideas for changing our food system.

The 2017 Young Farmers Conference is your opportunity to engage with committed change makers and thought leaders: farmers, chefs, scientists, activists and others who are committed to a more just and sustainable food system. It’s your chance to connect with your community of peers and forge lasting bonds that will help you on your road to farming and cooking.

This year’s conference will be held December 6-8, 2017Sign up as a user to the Virtual Grange to receive important updates on 2017 Young Farmers Conference dates and deadlines.

To view this year’s conference schedule, click here.

Select sessions from this year’s Young Farmers Conference will be streamed live–and we’re looking for dedicated fans to host watching parties around the country. Hosts can receive special materials from Stone Barns, and we’ll help you get set up before the conference. Call some friends, and get together to learn about agroecology. If you’re interested, click here.

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.

The lottery closed at 5pm EST on September 25.

Culinary Lottery Application for chefs and cooks
The culinary lottery closed at 5pm EST on October 5

The cost of the 3-day conference is $295.

We provide scholarships through two channels:

1. Stone Barns Center is committed to bringing together a diverse group of participants for our events and conferences. We work with partner organizations to award full scholarships and ensure equal opportunity for all. Full scholarships include conference registration fees, transportation and lodging expenses.

2. Stone Barns Center offers a limited number of scholarships that cover conference registration fees for beginning farmers who lack the funds to purchase a conference ticket.
This scholarship does not cover lodging and/or travel expenses.

Eligible scholarship applicants will be determined by lottery.
The application process closed at 5pm EST on September 25.


Federal Ag Politics – Sophie Ackoff & Andrew Bahrenburg,National Young Farmers Coalition
Justice for Farmworkers Forum
Urban to Rural Farm Transitions – Karen Washington, Rise & Root Farm
Wise Words from Well-Seasoned Farmers – Jack Algiere, Stone Barns Center;  Amigo Bob Cantisano, Organic Ag Advisors, Heaven & Earth Farm, Felix Gillet Institute
Mimicking Nature: Integrating Livestock into Perennial and Annual Cropping – Kelly Mulville, Paicines Ranch
Swine Operations at Stone Barns; From Farrow to Finish – Phil Haynes, Stone Barns Center
Slow Tools – Eliot Coleman, Four Season Farm; Adam Lemiuex, Johny’s Selected Seeds; Jack Algiere, Stone Barns Center
Crop Production Roundtables – Flor Revolorio & Nancy Vail, Pie Ranch;Jean-Martin Fortier, Ferme de Quatre Temps, Les Jardins de la Grellinette; Eliot Coleman, Four Season Farm; Richard Wiswall, Cate Farm; Jack Algiere, Stone Barns Center
Whole Grain Bread Baking at Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Blue Hill at Stone Barns Staff
Local and Seasonal Apache Cuisine – Nephi Craig, Native American Culinary Association, Rainbow Treatment Center, Café Gozhóó
Restaurants and Community Access – Dan Giusti, Brigaid
Climate Change Adaptation – Ernesto Mendez, Martha Caswell & Victor Izzo, University of Vermont
Carbon Farming – Connor Stedman, AppleSeed Permaculture
Pollination Ecology for Bees – Maggie Schwed & Jack Algiere, Stone Barns Center
Water and Agriculture – Brian Richter, The Nature Conservancy
Farming Smarter, Not Harder; Planning for Profit – Richard Wiswall, Cate Farm
Know Your Buyer: Farmers and Food Businesses Working Toward Building a Locally Sourced Food System – Donna Williams, Field Goods; Andy Cox, Smith College
Stone Barns Center Tours


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 view the 2016 conference schedule.

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

Click here to view the 2015 conference brochure.

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

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’