Cornell Cooperative Extension of Westchester County
The Cooperative Extension network delivers answers and empowerment to the general public, disseminating pertinent, university-based research through its Home Economics, 4-H and local Horticulture Divisions. Through the Cooperative Extension’s egg incubation project, teachers receive training and materials, hatch eggs with students in their classrooms, and then bring the hatched eggs to Stone Barns, where they participate in a variety of farm-based chicken and egg educational experiences. Stone Barns also collaborates with Extension staff to offer farmer trainings on topics such as raising swine naturally and small-scale poultry production.
Farm-Based Education Association
In May 2006, representatives from eleven farms and organizations met to establish the Farm Based Education Association. The mission of FBEA is to inspire, nurture and promote farm-based education.
Historic Hudson Valley
Historic Hudson Valley is a network of six historic sites in Sleepy Hollow Country and the Great Estates Region. The organization’s mission is to preserve the culture, landscape, and history of the Hudson River Valley, and to present this heritage to the public through educational outreach, daily programming at historic properties and special events.
The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture
The Leopold Center is a research and education center with statewide programs to develop sustainable agricultural practices that are both profitable and conserve natural resources.
National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition
The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) is the leading voice for sustainable agriculture in the federal policy arena, joining together the voices of grassroots farm, food, conservation, and rural organizations from all regions of the country to advocate for federal policies and programs supporting the long-term economic, social, and environmental sustainability of agriculture, natural resources, and rural communities.
New York Beginning Farmer Project
The New York Beginning Farmer Project is led by a team of Cornell Cooperative Extension Educators in partnership with the Cornell Small Farms Program. The project launched in 2006 in response to increasing interest in farm start-ups. The Project’s goal is to enhance the likelihood of success for new agricultural enterprises by making the best resources and training available to any new or diversifying farmer in New York State.
The New York Botanical Garden
The New York Botanical Garden is one of the world’s great collections of plants, the region’s leading educational center about gardening and horticulture and an international center for plant research.
Pace University, a comprehensive, independent institution of higher education with campuses in New York, Westchester and the Hudson Valley, believes that its students must learn to work together to improve, and try to solve, environmental problems. Pace believes that the body of knowledge known as environmental education must be integrated into many different aspects of the curriculum. The University has programs in: Environmental Law, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Environmental Education, as well as the Pace Academy of the Environment and the Pace Institute for Environmental and Regional Studies.
Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES
BOCES (Board of Cooperative Educational Services) provides regional vocational, special education, environmental education and an alternative high school for students, as well as adult education and professional development for teachers and school administrators. P/NW BOCES partners with Stone Barns to offer a series of school gardening and sustainable farming workshops for teachers.
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
The Rockefeller State Park Preserve is an idyllic spot for strolling, jogging, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. With 180 recorded species of birds and its IBA (Important Bird Area) designation by the National Audubon Society, the Preserve is a must-visit area for birders. In season, licensed anglers enjoy fishing for bass in the 22-acre Swan Lake and for brown trout in the Pocantico River. In addition the beauty of the Preserve inspires many artists and photographers to memorialize its scenic vistas. While in the park, stop in the Preserve’s Gallery across from the Visitor Center. Its rotating exhibits feature the art of local artists.
Urban Design Lab at Columbia University
The Urban Design Lab is a joint laboratory of the Earth Institute and the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) at Columbia University. It was created in 2006 to address the need for a design-based approach to shaping the long-range future of sustainable urbanism. New York City and its regional context are viewed as a core model for solving problems related to sustainable urban futures everywhere. Stone Barns is partnering with the Urban Design Lab to develop and promote the concept of a New York City “foodshed” – a diversified regional food economy that will help to improve the American diet. This foodshed work will encourage collaboration between individuals, organizations, businesses and government to create a sustainable food system.